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So both my niece and nephew have crocheted blankets made by me. I made one with granny squares mostly in Tiger yarn for Freddie and handed it over last autumn. Then on my visit to Cambridge in January it was brought out as due to a design fault.. some of the squares were … UNRAVELLING!  Under the Aunt Lifetime Guarantee I took it home. Unravelled the miscreant squares. Made more squares with the circle centres and enlarged it. Freddie already looks about 2 years older than he actually is so I want the blanket to last him until adulthood. Finally finished the boarder in time for it to be handed over on a family visit north over Easter.

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Last week I popped into Casa Amiga for a (decaff) flat white and a nata.Oddly enough I’d only ever been in for a takeaway or sat in if with friends but I  plonked myself down and enjoyed a bit of respite. The decaff tasted fine by the way.  And natas I adore. £3.90 for such joy!  Cafe Amiga also has a small deli selection. Some of the goods I remember from my South African childhood – Marie biscuits anyone! They have very tempting pastries and cakes.

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A mini-adventure on Sunday. Went to Portobello to celebrate the end of a piece of work by having brunch at the Espy. Which was lovely – then a rather short wander along the front. The past the house with the plaque on it and then onto Earthy for some shopping. It was rather dampish so not out long but it was lovely.

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This was my bargain of the festival these cones plus 6 x 10g of Rennies cost me £17! Here we are in the bar doing Yarn Show and Tell.

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We also did Show and Tell Finished Objects. Lauren’s awesome colourwork hat. The last festival I realised coming without any hand made items upon my person was a terrible faux pas. This time I wore my ill crochet shawl.

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Justine’s Noro granny blanket… despite Scotrail’s best efforts she made it to the Ca-barr-et. This is us waiting to go in.jan2015 169 jan2015 168

We were so tired from tramping the stalls so three Granny Greeners sat in the Lounge in the afternoon and crafted. Please note Sarah is crocheting some hand spun, i’m on a long term crochet project and Nicola is making a grrany blanket (after we successfully brought her over to the Crochet Side.) That lurid neon hank of yarn is from Montreal La Maison Tricotee. I could not resist. And no less than Stephen West admired it.

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We shared our table at the Ca-barr-et with some knitters from Manchester! They were very kind to let us join them. Then the fun began! BTW how lovely it is to be in a place where EVERYONE is crafting? I really find it odd to go places where people are just sitting about when they could be creating and making instead of passively consuming.

Knitsonik’s Felix Ford’s talk was great I was hoping to buy her book at the festival but will order it instead

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I’m glad that she had a go at the Shreddies knitting Nana sterotype (next time bloody Innocent I hope)
jan2015 178Hazel Tindell the fastest knitter in the world  – reading Shetland Guddicks (riddles)

 

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