Following my holiday in Suffolk (more about my holiday knitting soon!) the Fenton Knitting Group will be knitting tonight at the barn as usual. Courtesy of the lovely Mary Berry we will be enjoying a ‘weekend fruit cake’ and this on a Tuesday! Shocking!
This evening, instead of knitting along with the lovely ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group, I am, thanks to the wool and haberdashery department of the Winch and Blatch department store in Sudbury, starting a lovely new scarf with some Sirdar Sylvan thick and thin yarn. And where am I knitting? At The Swallow’s Nest in Ilketshall St Margaret, near Bungay in Suffolk.
Whilst in Winch and Blatch I had a lovely chat with some ladies also choosing wool. As always, time and careful consideration were needed to ensure that the correct colour, shade and dye lot were selected for the project they had in mind. After a little humming and hawing a satisfactory decision was reached. The justification given, totally unnecessarily, was that one is allowed a certain amount of dithering once one’s hair has turned white. In that case I am resolved to cease forthwith covering up any signs of white hair. On second thoughts, though, and after further reflection, maybe not!
Ailbe is also enjoying his very first Suffolk holiday with Mummy and Daddy, who are much more regular visitors.
If, like me, you’re still frantically trying to finish off your summer knitting projects (I currently have two cotton summer jumpers waiting to be sewn up and a third still on the needles!) then the answer is probably yes, it is too soon to be thinking about Christmas jumpers.
The really good news is, though, that we can definitely look forward to another crafty run up to the festive season on TV courtesy of Kirstie Allsopp and friends.
So come on everyone, give this Christmas jumper designing thing your very best shot this year!
Sorry, ladies, but there will be no meeting of the Fenton Knitting Group this evening. Instead the lovely nurses at Lincoln County Hospital, who are caring for Dad, will be enjoying a handmadebysoo Boston Cream Pie.
Mary will miss seeing you all!
Normal service will be resumed next week.
If you’re in the area, please drop by at the Village Hall, Sturton by Stow for the ‘What’s its story?’ event. Vintage and craft stalls, refreshments and you can even get your heirlooms valued.
Tomorrow is Yarn Shop Day, the day when knitters everywhere celebrate their favourite local wool shop. The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group will be visiting The Wool Loft in Gainsborough. Small, but beautifully formed and absolutely jam packed with gorgeous yarns of every colour and type, The Wool Loft is a true hidden treasure and Liz is a fount of all yarny knowledge. Why not join us?
The Lincoln Imp came along, too!
Pattern courtesy of Georgina Manvell at The Old Toy Knitting Shop