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What a great weekend that was!

9 days on and I’m just about recovered from a very exciting working week – and thought I ought to let you know about it all.

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On Friday 9th September I was lucky enough to spend the evening with the fabulous Erika Knight and Arabella from her team! They came to do a pop-up shop at Fringe, where I teach my workshops and generally sort out the knitty things. We had such a lovely time – we invited our regular knitting fans, and people from the twice-monthly Meet and Make group. There were sample garments to adore, gorgeous yarns to squish and lovely books to leaf through. Erika and Arabella are just so interesting and fun to be with, everyone loved talking with them. AND – [drum roll] – as they really love Edna, and Erika is working on some dog sweater designs, I think she has her first modelling gig! She was not entirely with the program about this, but I’m sure she will get into the swing of it once she is being fussed at their studio. So watch this space, she may become a diva.

Then, after a hectic day of the pop-up shop the following day, I headed up to Avenue Mews where my studio now is. It was the annual MewsFest, a really fun event that’s organised by ¬†Jet from Can’t Buy Me Love, and Ruth and Meghan from ChaChaCha Vintage. There’s music, food, vintage clothes and cocktails, all with a cool retro vibe inspired by the little news community. Open studios were planned, and at Lavender White, my next door neighbours, they had book readings organised. Can’t Buy Me Love had a DJ and old-school decks, and a mojito bar.

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By 5.30 it was¬†absolutely chucking it down with rain, so my ever-patient partner put up my gazebo in the wet, and we tried to set up my little stall of wares out on the mews. It was extremely soggy, and I was soaking and bedraggled. I felt like packing up. All around me others were setting up food and vintage stalls, and the valiant musicians were starting to tune up. By about 7.30pm the rain finally cleared, JUST as I’d got to the point of thinking I might give up and go home – and suddenly, within a few minutes, the tiny mews was packed with people. The mojitos were flowing, the ukulele band got going, tasty food smells started wafting about and we all got much more into the party vibe.

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by 11.00 I’d had more than a few mojitos, I’d sold lots of things, met new customers who want to come to commission pieces and have lessons, seen brave friends who came to support me (thanks Kelly, Monica, Nic, John and Jude!) and generally had a really great time. Dismantling our stall was a lot quicker than putting it up had been, and we trundled off home in a very good mood indeed. I’m already planning how we can do a Christmas version – Phil Spector anyone?

February Fog

February in England offers little in the way of cheer. By now, we’re all done with the weather. Somehow, when the cold descends in late October, we tell ourselves that it “suits” the time of year: little flame-lit porches and pumpkins (yes, US friends, we have adopted this a little now) make the chilly evenings a bit more exciting…

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and later, when we have our own holiday of Guy Fawkes’ night on November 5th – well, it would feel just wrong if we didn’t have cold hands and noses whilst we watch the fireworks display. By December, we are so caught up in the twinkle and glitter of Christmas that the cold is part of the fun; we actively want snow by now, and when it comes, well it’s fun, isn’t it..

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Then the New Year distracts us all with its shiny promises and fresh starts – but February, well, it’s just damp, grey and cold. On and on and on. Today, if you tried to work out where the sun actually is in the sky, I’d wager you couldn’t find it, the fogginess is so dense. “Where’s spring?” we bleat, knowing it’s weeks away, and feeling bad that we have nothing to complain about really, when our friends in Canada and the States have PROPER winters.

But wait: what’s that you say? There is a holiday? Ah yes – Valentine’s Day! Maybe this is why we all go for it so much, even though deep down we know it’s cheesy and we are paying way too much for flowers, and dinner reservations, and those teeny chocolates that will be half price on the 15th anyway…Yes, because February offers us nothing, so we love Valentine’s all the more for that. Designers go nuts for Valentine’s: perhaps because the heart motif is so cute, and everyone loves a bit of pink kitsch..

So, in case you were feeling the love a little early, here are four heart-themed designs from A Square a Day [http://www.ivypress.co.uk/books/a-square-a-day/] to whet your appetite.

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If you would be so kind as to excuse my amateur photography and allow for the fact these are pre-blocking (and in the case of the bobbles, a bit wonky because of that), they are, from left: Heartland, designed by me; Cross My Heart, designed by Lucy Adam; Bobble Heart, designed by me, and Heartfelt, designed by Lindsay Obermeyer.

I’ll be posting more about how we all went about working on this epic book over the next few weeks but for now, hope this inspires you to hunker down, grab a mug of hot chocolate and make something cosy for someone you love. I might just be putting the dog into a heart-themed coat if I can get it finished in time…!