Yarn Evening with Glammamamma & purpleclaire textiles

You may have met or missed purpleclaire textiles & Glammamamma at Lee Green Open Studios in November, but cry no more, as they’re hosting a fabulous Yarn Evening in Lee Green’s famous cafe: with jam & bread.

You can do pegloom weaving, knitting, crocheting & finger knitting.

Also, you can buy peglooms, handmade items and more to create & craft at home.  The food’s excellent too!

The cost will include a hot or cold drink plus all materials used on the evening, are provided for free.

Wednesday 12th December, 7 – 9pm .

with jam and bread.  386 Lee High Rd, Lee Green, London.  SE12 8RW.

020 8318 4040

Cost £18 which youncan oay via PayPal.

All materials provided for free.

Come one, come all.

Not just for Christmas.

Buy handmade.  Buy local.

See you there.

My wonderful day at Wonderwool Pt1

I got up @ 4am, not even the birds were awake, yet! I barely got in the shower, when my ride text to say she was on her way! No time for breakfast, just shower, dress & off we went to pick up another friend who lives in deepest Kent.

We’d packed Anne’s boot with a pair of wellies, as she didn’t have any, then off we drove, trying to decipher her road map, which fared better than the Google directions!

After a stop for breakfast at a motorway service station, we were off again, time and the non-stop rain, was not on our side, plus the car is not used to such a long journey but the train journey would have been out of the question!

It cost £6 to cross the Severn Bridge into Wales. The views were stunning, despite the weather. Fortunately, we were driving away from the crazy London weather, but I couldn’t see the hill tops, but what a view.


The Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys Builth, was our destination point, and when we got into the village, we thought we were there, but no, we had another hour of longer and longer winding country roads to navigate!

It was about 1pm when my long legs, stretched with relief! We parked the car, then there was an even longer walk to the showground, any further, we’d have crossed the border!

£8 entrance fee paid, (bargain), through the show doors & what greeted us 1st, was this fabulous vintage Morris van.


The Wonderwool organisers, decided to hold the show indoors, which was the best decision, as the wet weather would not have helped all those yarns, fibres & the public! It was good that I’d brought a spare pair of my hand made alpaca socks with me, as I could feel the cold of the concrete floor, coming up though my wellies!

I’d brought a packed lunch with me, but there was plenty of choice for foodies, with vegetarian options, cakes, savouries, crepes, burgers made with Welsh meats to Asian food. I think the food sellers were caught out, as the show was indoors, which meant more people came, and some food sellers ran out of stock!


Previously, I made some stitch markers. As I was hoping to see Emma from Atomic Knitting. I gave some to my 2 friends as belated birthday & thank you gifts & the lovely Emma, who makes stitch markers, chose a set. Although, Emma & I ‘know’ each other from Tumblr, yesterday was our first face-to-face meeting.

Anne, Sue & I had a plan. We would walk around the outer edge of the stands, and then weave up and down the middle stands, so we wouldn’t miss anything, and then, we saw there was another show room! Oh how we hyperventilated with glee!

Of course, the first stand I visited was KnitPro. They have a range of needles I want, but the set’s not available until summer, so I put in my order, with a great discount.

Although the show had sumptious yarns, it’s a great destination for all things fibre. There was an abundance of spinning wheels, even travelling versions, drum carders, drop spindles, (I bought a maple wood, one), and a TON of fleeces galore!


However, I wanted to take home the alpacas, who belong to the Toft Alpaca company, but I don’t think they’d fit in the car, but there was space for the 3 angora bunnies!


I can’t remember their company name, but the bunnies’ owner told me that she combs their fibre every three months, which gives her a yield of 50g of angora a year! No wonder alpaca, angora & cashmere is a considered purchase, but we agreed that blending their fibre with another, like mohair or sheep’s wool, brings the cost down.

I’m a HUGE fan of alpaca. It’s unique qualities are that it has a hollow fibre, which keeps the body cool in the heat & warm in the cold, and alpaca has little or no lanolin, which is good for those of us who can’t always wear wool next to our skin.

Fulling to my heart’s content

Storage containers.

Hand knitted containers, fulled/felted in the washing machine.

Knitting & Crochet workshop in Lewisham Market PART 2

Christmas @ Lewisham Market Part 2


Mec’s felted snowmen


Mom (Kim) & Daughter (Tegan)


Mec showing customer knitting


Molly learning to knit


Mom showing daughter how it’s done


Tegan’s first knitted bracelet!


View of work tables: felted work and knitting wool

Thing to do, places to go people to see



http://Facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=151763751381 Twitter: foxpinsnneedles

I’ve been going to this group for a few months, & I adore it.  I was a bit apprehensive about going to a pub, as i’ve experienced some shocking dives in my time, but Fox’s interior with it’s sparkly chandeliers, art work, friendly staff, wifi (& the white wine spritzer & pizza’s good too), makes going there, a great mid-wee treat!  The originators of the club, are nice ladies (I used to work with one of them), & they are on hand to the complete novice to advanced knitter/crocheter/crafter, to give advice, help & lessons.  ALL r welcome, it’s not just for women or ‘grannies’ but I know how to crochet a mean Granny Square!


I was told about this (new) gallery cafe, by a fellow pub knitter.  The owner manager has food & pastries for people like me, who have dietary restrictions, and she has a weekly knit group on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  I’m not 100% sure about these times, so check out their Facebook page for more info.  There’s a website, but nothing’s on it, yet.

I’ve not been able to go there, so can’t really review it, but if you have, or know someone who has, please feel free to let us know.

PELTON ARMS, EAST GREENWICH.  WEDNESDAYS FROM 7.30PM. www.susieatthecircus.typepad.com

A drop-in for knitters & crocheters, in a relaxed atmosphere, which is good for beginners & experienced alike.  I have a friend who’s a fellow peg loom weaver & Ravelry addict, who put me on to this.  However, I also have a group on Wed nite, but may go there, for a change.  I’ll get my friend to review it, then i’ll post it for you to read.



I was being lazy, so decided to cut n paste the info for this great day, from the internet:

For more information please check out www.vintageteaparty.webs.com

Date: Saturday 20th November 2010

Time: 7pm-10.30pm

Venue: St Swithun’s Church, Hither Green Lane, Hither Green, SE13 6QE (opposite The Co-Op)

A nostalgic evening celebrating all that is chintzy and fabulous!

The evening promises to be fun and frivolous with an emphasis on all things vintage.

Local businesses are signed up and raring to go, even Cath Kidston has given a donation!

Come along for a huge swap party, tea and cake served by pin-ups, tea dancing and music, a baby sale, raffle, bunting workshop, mosaic making, knitting, sewing, art class, strawberries and cream, massage and nails and so much more.

Tickets are £15 each – please bring a friend or two

They’ll be a few of us from Pins ‘N’ Needles, who will be there on the nite: Anna will be teaching knitting, Ellen – fascinators & headbands & i’ll be teaching crochet.  Let’s get together to support Helen & Bliss.



I think this is the first craft fair @ the Fox & Firkin, and some of us from the Wednesday club will be there, buying, selling & supporting.  I’ll be there selling my wares, & I think there maybe some tables/stalls left, if your interested in taking part.  Ellen’s the girl to contact or The Fox & Firkin (see Pins ‘N’ Needles above).

CRAFT FAIR.  PELTON ARMS, (near the Thames), EAST GREENWICH.  SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2010. www.susieatthecircus.typepad.com

I’m not sure if i’ll be able to do this one, as I don’t think i’ll have enough stock for it, plus I may be working the day before.If you’re interested, contact Susie John’s, above, for more information.

That’s all for now so until the next time.

Peace & Love

Glammamamma x