Scottish sunsets

I wrote this back in August and have just found it now! Seeing as though the weather is so awful I thought the sunsets might cheer a few of you up!

I’m away on holiday in Scotland at the minute. Catching up on reading and knitting, Bliss! My favourite part about where we stay is the sunsets so I thought I’d share some with you.

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Disappointment

For those of you who follow my Instagram and Facebook page you’ll know that for the last few weeks I’ve been working like crazy getting ready for a craft fair in central Manchester. I’m fairly new to the craft fair game, I’ve done a few local ones but not much more. To say I was excited and scared is an understatement. I worked so hard on new designs and making much more stock than I ever have before. I even cancelled a weeks holiday to Scotland so I could be properly prepared.
The craft fair was put on by Manchester Markets in St Anne’s Square as part of the Spring Festival of Markets. The venue was lovely, it had a vintage style bar, outdoor places to eat and a lovely space called the orangery for our craft stalls. The orangery was a marquee but was totally see through with glass walls and ceiling. This was great for the public to see what was going on and bring people into the space.

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My stall all ready

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A close up of some new designs

Unfortunately the only thing they hadn’t counted on was the weather being nice! We all got there nice and early and got set up and the space looked gorgeous with all the Saddleworth Creative Network stalls. As the morning went on the sun came out and it became apparent that there wasn’t much ventilation in the orangery, it was hot! It only got hotter! Claire the organiser of the lovely SCN tried her best to help us out by badgering the Manchester markets staff but it seemed there wasn’t a solution. We took it in turns to go outside to cool down but by the end of the day we were very hot and bothered.

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Everyone is getting a little warm!

After packing down and getting home I was exhausted but looking forward to another days trading. I didn’t feel great but figured a good night’s sleep would sort me out. Unfortunately I woke at 3.30am with all the signs of heat stroke. I did my best to rest and had lots of water hoping that by the time it came to leave I would feel better. I even got up and dressed but I just wasn’t well enough to go. I am SO disappointed! All the hard work, effort, expense and I didn’t even get to do the full weekend. I barely even covered costs and have so much stock left! I believe from pictures that on the second day stalls were put outside so I’m glad something was worked out to help the other stall holders but I’m just so fed up I couldn’t make it!

Craft fair!

Tomorrow I do my fourth craft fair at Uppermill Civic Hall through the Saddleworth Creative Network. I’m slowly building up my craft business and although I’m not really breaking even yet I’m beginning to make contacts and progress. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow as there’s an interactive aspect to the fair. I’ll be making covered buttons with people and there are loads more activities going on. I’m also excited because I will have a new product in my stall that’s been in my head for ages!

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I love landscapes and have been trying to get then into my work for a while. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and have lots more ideas in the pipeline!

A new chapter

I’ve been very slack about posting here over the last year or so but unfortunately life has got in the way. Trying to manage my full time teaching job while living with M.E. has left me with little energy for much else despite my best efforts.

I’ve still been knitting, spinning and making but on a very low key basis. Just getting things finished has taken all my energy and brain power for blogging has been sadly lacking.

Things are changing though, hopefully there are exciting times ahead. I’m looking forward to new challenges and a new exciting (if scary) future. As I know more you will too, I hope you join me on this journey!

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Last week in instagram

I’ve been missing in action for awhile with lots of family things going on. I’m back and determined to blog more regularly so thought I’d ease myself in with some instagram posts. I was very giddy when instagram launched on Android and I’ve totally fallen in love with it so expect loads more!

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Wingham Wool

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Last sunday my crafty friend and I headed over the pennines into yorkshire to visit Wingham Wool. We’ve been there before and to be honest it’s very much like a pilgramage for us! It was a beautiful day early this morning but by the time I reached my friends house it was throwing it down. Luckily for us over the hill it was a beautiful, if windy, day. Autumn is definately on its way and the colours on the moors and in the trees were beautiful.
We arrived in Wentworth in good time and headed straight for Wingham Wool. We have been caught out by our enthusiasm before now and arrived way before opening time but this time we actually checked the opening times on the internet! We headed right in and met with a lovely warm welcome. Wingham had been at a show down in Wales the day before so it was busy with people unloading stock but that didn’t stop them being really helpful and friendly. We headed straight into the amazing ‘Rainbow Shed’ where I immediately fell in love with the merino silk mixes. The colour blends were beautiful and it is lovely to spin with.
I then headed into the main shop to look at the other treasures available. The shop really is an alladins cave for any knitters, felters, dyers and spinners. There is a great selection of books and magazines on pretty much anything fibre related which is always worth a good look through. There are lovely wooden knitting needles, a great range of dyes, lasts for felting, needle felting supplies and all sorts of spinning accessories. It is heaven! I highly recommend a trip there and when you go the garden centre up the road does cake to die for!

Two things ticked off the list!

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I’ve just read through my list again and felt quite disheartened until I realised……… I have actually ticked TWO things off the list this week!
I have sorted my car and get to pick up a lovely shiny new fiat 500 tomorrow. I. Am. So. Excited! I’m very giddy as my old car was a very battered 206, in fact when I took it to a dealer to be valued they said it reminded them of the old 206 advert where the elephant sits on the car! How rude! (but accurate!)
I also finished making the promised 3 skirts for my work friend today. I was very pleased with my handiwork and slightly jealous as her fabric was lovely!
Here’s a photo of the finished skirts and i’ll add one of the car tomorrow!

Nic xx