Festiwool is back for its third year in Hitchin on Saturday 12th November and I will be there for my third year as GardeningWitch Designs. I'm looking forward to it and have been assessing stock. Here is a selection of the items that I will be bringing along. Hope to see you there! … Continue reading Getting ready for Festiwool 2016
Earlier this year I attended a series of events for small business owners. I still have to remind myself that I AM a small business owner, really I am. Not just an imposter in a room full of talented and intelligent folk. But I digress ... It was at one of these events that … Continue reading Makers collaborate.
In The Maker’s Year, Part 2, I try to address the question that Kate from the A Playful Day podcast asked: “What does making mean to me?”. You can read Part 1 here, where I write a little about how I got to where I am now, craft-wise. When I was little, I made things. … Continue reading The Maker’s Year, Part 2: What does making means to me?
Earlier in the year, I was listening to the fabulous A Playful Day podcast. The host, Kate, put forward the idea of The Maker’s Year, a creativity and sustainable living challenge with a seasonal focus, asking folk to share our projects and what making means to us. This struck a chord with me at the … Continue reading The Maker’s Year, Part One: How did I get to where I am now?
Way back in the year 2000, my husband and I moved to Verona, Italy, for work. We both worked at the same company which had a presence in Verona. An opportunity came up to work out there for a year, and after much discussion, we decided to go for it. I was tidying up a … Continue reading Blogging before blogging was A Thing … and how it relates to knitting, eventually.
So much for blogging a little more frequently ... I see that my last post was about Festiwool 2014. And here we are in August 2015, and I am planning for this year's Festiwool. It will be on Saturday 14th November, at the North Hertfordshire College in Hitchin. I will be there as GardeningWitch Designs and … Continue reading Festiwool 2015
Well, I have to say, after the slightly stressful build up to Festiwool, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a shame that it was raining heavily when we were unloading, and that we all had to leave the venue when the fire alarm went off (don't worry - no real fire, so no stock … Continue reading Festiwool Review
It seemed such a long way in the future when I first signed up for a stall at Festiwool. Now it's here. I've been up since dark o'clock, frantically stuffing things in bags and crates ... Rather like packing for holiday! I have project bags, stitch markers, shawl pins, cards and labels, and 3 boxes … Continue reading Ready for Festiwool…
On August 14th, 2009, my lovely Mum, Connie, passed away. 5 years on and I still catch myself thinking 'I must phone Mum and tell her that'. It might be a plant that has just come into bloom, the latest 'personal best' by hubby on a cycling time trial, a new craft that I am learning, … Continue reading My Mum
My friend Chris is a very talented potter. I might have said that before, but it stands saying again. A few years ago he made me some yarn bowls: His design has evolved into these little beauties: Thanks, Chris Greening Pottery!