Last weekend I went off on a jaunt.
I took a train, and then another train, and then landed in my brother’s city-of-residence, where I had a nice little tour of his new house (complete with two crocheted blankets and four crocheted cushions, though I did notice that his double bed is in need of a blanket too), and then he drove me up past the Peak District, into the hilly lands of West Yorkshire.
Destination: the Stylecraft Blogstar meet-up!
We met on the Friday night and had a meal – or at least, we ate in between crocheting and knitting! It was lovely to be with other people who understand that the time between courses is best filled with crafting. Much to the bemusement of my brother, who stuck around to help me out and to drive me back home afterwards.
On Saturday morning we all went to Stylecraft HQ, where we met up with a few others who hadn’t been able to make it to the meal on Friday. Unfortunately Lucy of Attic24 and Jane Crowfoot couldn’t make it 😦 We also connected via skype to the overseas blogstars (Angela from Get Knotted Yarncraft, Zelna from Zooty Owl, Anne and Michelle from Crochet Between Worlds, and Polly Plum from Every Trick on the Hook). It was so lovely to sit and chat with everyone about what they’re doing, sharing our love of yarn and crafts and colour.
After a bit of a chat and a catch-up (or, in my case, a ‘get to know people’!), we settled down and had a sneak peek of Stylecraft’s upcoming additions to their ranges. It’s all very hush-hush and I can’t tell you anything about it – except that it’s all gorgeous and you’re all going to love everything 😀 Then we had a wander around, looking at all of this gorgeous secret yarn – and Lucia had brought some blankets to show off, too, which we very much enjoyed ooh-ing and ahh-ing over.
She had two blankets she’s made using the small squares from the Demelza blanket – and I loved actually getting to see them in person, rather than via a screen!
Then we all settled down to play with colours for another secret future project from Stylecraft. Some people had brought yarn pegs to help with that, but I hadn’t been able to fit mine in my bag, so instead I got to play with this gorgeous pile of Special DK.
Some of us got down on the floor and played, because it was just too irresistible. It was tremendous fun, and I came away with so many colour ideas and combinations that I want to play with.
After lunch, Stylecraft had invited a lovely lady from the Ring of Tatters to come and give us a lesson in tatting. I had an idea that it was about lacemaking with knots, but I have to confess I did not get the hang of it quickly! In fact my brother caught on quicker than I did, even without trying – so much so that he picked up his own thread and had a go.
After that, there was time for a photo of the whole group, and then it was back into the car for a long, much less scenic drive back home.
I’ve come away with so many ideas, and I feel in need of plenty of extra time and energy to try to achieve them all! In the meantime, I am making good progress on joining my latest blanket, and I’m already plotting my next blanket. It was a fantastic trip out, and I’m so glad I managed to get there.
And even my brother enjoyed himself 😀