Saturday, 29 September 2012

Yarny adventures!

So Miss Elle had to go to the hospital in Bath today (don't worry, its just a vitamin D deficiency, it will all be fixed soon!), and Laura S came along for moral support.

After blood tests and getting scary tablets, they decided to walk to Great British Yarns, which is on Brassmill Lane Industrial Estate... And probably not that far too walk if you don't get lost a couple of times.

Sharon is the owner of GBY, and she is utterly gorgeous and adorable. A warm welcome, a guided tour of the new yarns and snorgles with her puppy, Elle and Laura fondled yarn and sat on the floor making calculations.

Laura in front of YARN!!!!

Laura bought a stunning skein of silk in a pale blue colour. Elle bought 6 balls of Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in black with silver sparkles. Laura currently has no plans for her yarn, but Elle will be making Chambourcin by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud aka Rock + Purl Girl.

After leaving GBY (thank you Sharon, it was lovely seeing you again!), Elle got Laura lost again.
But they found the river and decided to walk along there to get back to the centre of Bath.

It was a beautiful walk, and rosehips were discovered! Laura is a bit of a forager, and wants to make rosehip syrup this year (watch out for a future blogpost about that!)

Elle dutifully ate her sandwich so there was a bag to put the rosehips in, but Laura is a great make do-er! She found a pair of socks in her bag and used one of those for storage! Class!

Beautiful sights were seen! Elle had lived in Bath for 4 years and had never explored this part of the river, and got rather excited by a split, with an arrow!

All too soon the city centre was found! And our crafty adventurers left for home.

Watch out for more adventures soon!

Elle and Laura S


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Hello, I'm other Laura, (Laura S) !
I started off crafting pretty young, my grandparents were a major influence starting me off with potato printing and collage and steadily helping me explore materials such as wood, fabric and really anything else that came to hand. I studied 3D design at uni and really loved working with form and sculptures, finally specialising in ceramics. I like textures and patterns it's pretty much what drives me, I tend to draw, sketch and print before designing sufaces to take on the patterns. I cant resist bright colours well that and sparkly things!! I'm such magpie!
My latest crafty adventure started a year ago when I moved to BEAUTIFUL Bradford on Avon. Incentives from friends expecting a new arrival stated me on the path to knitting with a clear goal. Make something special, that will last and hasn't been mass produced. I took this on with gusto and from this not only had fabulous little outfits but have made some amazing friends! I can't resist new materials, a challenge or trying something new. So from that quiet knitting promise, i've ventured into felting, needle felting, designing, teaching and making so much more...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Meet Miss Elle......

Hello!!!! I'm Miss Elle! You may know me from the Miss Elle Knits Podcast, or Twitter, or from working in Jumble Jelly, the fabulous yarn and haberdashery shop in Bradford-On-Avon!

I am a self-confessed sock-a-holic. I love to knit socks. Like really love. I have knit over 100 pairs of socks! My Ravelry project page is just full of them! My current aim is to knit 11 pairs of socks for Christmas presents... 3 pairs have been completed so far. Eeep, its only 3 months until Christmas!

I have a few knitting patterns for sale on Ravelry too, and a shop over on Etsy :)

Besides knitting, I love to spin. I own two spinning wheels. My first is an Ashford Joy called Joyce, and I bought her 2 years ago. My second was bought this year, and she is a Schacht Ladybug called Clarabelle. Here are my two babies:

I've been learning to sew as well! I've recently upgraded my sewing machine from a basic Brother X-5 to a Brother Anniversary edition 10-A! So much easier to sew now.

What else?! Oh! I've given up buying brand new clothes for a whole year, which started on September 1st. I can buy from charity shops, or make my own (of course, I can buy new underwear... but it will be fun if I can learn to make my own!).

Things I also like that aren't necessarily craft related:

  • Bats
  • Ducks
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Harry Potter
  • Severus Snape
I am also a gluten free vegan, so recipes coming from me will be quite interesting :P

Lovely to meet you all!


Monday, 24 September 2012

Meet Laura W..........

Helloooooo! I am Laura W, creator of "Heavens to Betsy!", we create fun little fabric characters like the owls in the picture above. We also like knitting and are just beginning on the crochet journey.........xx