Lee Green Open Studios 2012

Our aim is to increase awareness of the arts and artists in the immediate locality around where many of us live, and thus encourage interest and participation in the arts.

 

Lee Green Open Studios is an annual event which takes place over two weekends in November based around the SE12 area. Local residents and visitors to the area have free access, over the two weekends, to a broad range of arts, most of which are available to purchase.  This year we have printmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, jewellers and craftspeople.

The 2012 Lee Green Open Studios will take place on the weekends of November 10th and 11th; 17th and 18th.  Our opening times are 12-7pm on Saturdays and 12-6pm on Sundays.

We do hope to 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

LYS – Local Yarn Shop

Today, I went here (pic above)  Pins ‘N’ Needles, my knitting group are doing a list of Local Yarn Shops, so this is a good one. Plus it’s good to support local yarn shops, more than the larger companies.

Avicraft Ltd Wool Shop is on 15 Chatterton Rd, Bromley, Kent BR2 9QW & is run buy the lovely Manager: Sharon Newman, assisted by Kirsten/Kirsty (I’m so sorry if I forgot ur name, babe, so i’ll call u K from this point on) & Sharon’s cute daughter, Caitlin Rose, who is EXACTLY 4 & 3/4 years old!  Caitlin is the resident  in-store meeter/greeter, & she knits too! Mom, Sharon says that Caitlin has been in situ since she was 3 weeks old!

I had no set budget in mind, but as I was listening to a podcast about craft & craft budgets, so I thought £30 would suffice.  I spent about £27, then went to Waitrose to do some food shopping, AND paid my council tax!

NOTE: I can’t remember how much I paid for each yarn, as I forgot to ask for a receipt, but fear not, contact Sharon or K on:  020 8460 0818 or http://www.avicraft.co.uk or sharon@avicraftpanic.fsnet.co.uk for more details.

I took the 261 bus to Southlands Rd, & it was a short walk to the shop.  As I walked it, Sharon & K were sitting at a round table knitting.  They both looked up & gave me a lovely hello, with a nice smile!  Caitlin Rose was eating & had a smoothie moustache!  She also siad hello but was also entertaining a customer, who was sitting, looking through the folders of patterns.

Here’s what I bought:

FORTISSIMA COLOR by Schoeller & Stahl: 4 ply, fingering weight.  100g (420m), 75% Virgin wool superwash, 25% Polyamide.  Recommended needle size: 2.5-3mm. Gauge: 10x10cm over 42 rows. The great plus of this yarn, is that it can be machine washed @ 40 degrees AND tumble dried! I was the FIRST to buy this yarn!

HOT SOCKS-CIRCUS by Four Seasons: 100g (420m), 75% Virgin wool superwash, 25% Polyamide. Recommended needle/hook size: 2.5-3mm.  Gauge:  10x10cms over 40 rows.  Can be machine washed @ 40 degrees & tumble dried. The rainbow of colours available is yummy!  I took my time choosing.

SWEET BRIAR CHUNKY by Jarol Ltd: 100g 30% wool, 70% acrylic.      Recommeded needle size: 6mm (4 UK). Gauge: 10x10cm over 18 rows & 14 sts.   Machine wash at 30 degrees, hand wash @ 30 degrees, short spin.  K kindly went to the back to get me the colour I wanted, as she showed me how it was knitted up.  Thanks K.

Not sure what to do with this, but i’m thinking of bed socks, (i’ve STILL no heating)!  If not bed socks, i’ll use it for my pegloom weaving or give it to the SWISH party, coming up soon.

Knit Club:  Wednesdays @ 7pm, also classes plus private lessons @ £10 per hour per tuition time

Evening classes:  After Easter & evening group workshops.

Avicraft also sell beads, buttons, needles, hooks & patterns, for your knitting, crocheting & crafting needs, including 2 boxes of sale yarns from £1.   The Patons Sorbet (above), was from the sale box.

I even saw pom-pom yarn for the first time.  I’d only ever seen it on a shopping channel, plus a nice flat yarn which knits up beautifully into ruffles.   Just imagine those frilly bouses from the 80s!  This yarn is nicer, and would look good to update a tired outfit, or as a trim – remember to up-cycle!

Today was a good yarn shopping day, and thanks to Sharon, K & Caitlin Rose for making it a pleasant one for me.  I’ll be back!

Until the next time,  keep crafting, keep creating.

Peace & Love

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Glammamamma x

Knitting & Crochet workshop in Lewisham Market PART 2

Christmas @ Lewisham Market Part 2

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Mec’s felted snowmen

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Mom (Kim) & Daughter (Tegan)

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Mec showing customer knitting

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Molly learning to knit

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Mom showing daughter how it’s done

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Tegan’s first knitted bracelet!

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View of work tables: felted work and knitting wool