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Christmas Knit and Natter

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Today I went to our local Abakhan Store at Mostyn. I had an invitation to their Christmas knit and natter group. This is not a group that I usually visit but I was made very welcome with mince pies and yummy coffee. Thank you to Abakhan for arranging the event. Sure to get you in the Christmas mood with a decoration Knitting competion, a goody bag to take home and demonstrations by the lovely ladies from Knit Now Magazine and Crochet Now Magazine.

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I started a new project using Sirdar Firefly, which seems to be knitting up easier than I thought.

OK I did buy some yarn, couldn’t resist! More about that in the future.

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Dressmaking

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Hello dear crafting friends. Result! Achieved! Done! Whoo Hoo!

Yesterday we were Grandchild minding and at a loss how to amuse her. Then…. The light bulb moment! We piled into the car and headed to Abakhan- a sewing, crafting wonderland. Grandchild was wide eyed with amazement at the amount, colours and variety of textiles for sale. She was to be a designer whilst I was to be the seamstress.

Grandchild chose a pattern ( with just a little guidance) and some fabric ( with more guidance.) Home we went to set up a sweat shop in the dining room. It’s some time since I made a garments but the pattern choice was relatively simple and away we went. I measured, cut, stitched, pressed, unpicked and stitched again. After the final press it was ready. Haute Couture wrap around and reversible dress. Lovely!

The pattern was Simplicity 8104.

imageThe instructions were straight forward and the fabric a firm cotton.

Grandchild had chosen contrasting blues.

imageThe model twirled and danced.

imageTwo dresses in one go. Result!

This project has inspired me to make more. Roll on the Great British Sewing Bee.

Bergere de France Demo.

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Today a friend and I visited Abakhan, Mostyn, North Wales This is a huge crafting venue and today the “man from Bergere” was there. He gave an interesting talk on the yarns produced in France by Bergere. The yarns are stunningly lovely and I have used them in the past. In fact I made my Mum a shawl for Christmas last year from a Bergere yarn.

imageThis shawl is actually a beautiful blue with a hint of sparkle. The photograph doesn’t do it justice! Sorry!

image image image image imageThe “man from Bergere” was good but it was obvious that he wasn’t a knitter. This is a mistake as he didn’t have a feel for crafting with the yarn. Whilst he may have been a good salesman he didn’t connect with the audience in a crafty way. I was also amazed and devastated when he announced that the demo garments were machine knit! How bad is that when selling a  hand knitting yarn?

As a higher priced product it is very attractive. Lovely colours and good to squeeze! I will certainly use it again in the future.

Secrets, Stash and Supplies!

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Today I visited a local craft emporium called Abakhan http://www.abakhan.co.uk close to the North Wales coast. I went with a friend and we were girls on a mission! We were seeking inspiration and ideas for a project that must remain secret! I will tell you soon but for now what happens at Abakhan remains at Abakhan 🙅

We found bargain remnants of lovely fabric for our project. It was an amazing bargain.

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The the lime green dotty fabric is Tshirt fabric that I am going to use to make some Tshirt yarn. ( or try to! ).

If I succeed in making the yarn I have a home project in mind. I can’t tell you about this either as Hubs doesn’t know yet and I will have to negotiate the idea! Great fun isn’t it?

I will have to rush as I am out to dinner tonight. I am going to Knutsford in Cheshire and it has been a long time since I visited this lovely town. Bye!