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A hole lot of lace!

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”
Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

Lace indeed, is one of the best occupations of yarn to date; Coco says it better than we ever could.

We’ve recently had this beautiful shawl made up in our delectable Rainbow Spin. Blocking it was quite a spectacle, so I took the opportunity to evidence it for your pleasure.



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I also got a swish super-macro lens for my birthday, and this seemed a perfect opportunity to try that out too. The colours are just perfect.



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You’ll be able to see and squish this wonderful shawl in person at Yarndale, at the end of the month!

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Other occupants of the sunny garden were a) fleece ready to be spun

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and b) a very amused dog, who happens to be called Lace

We’re still steaming ahead with various preparations for the next show, but also, rather scarily, we’re already making lots of decisions about the next year and the next season, thinking about colours, new spins, designs and fleece.

It’s inspiration central here…

But don’t you dare mention summer’s inevitable end…


First Impressions.

We all know that first impressions count for a lot. So what happens when first impressions have been and gone? Without the knowledge that this was a first impression opportunity!? I find myself in a position (yet again) where this has happened. In fact this seems to be the ground rule of my life. I make a first impression without the knowledge of doing so. Then I have to set about redeeming this impression which frequently seems to be persistent with longevity.

My father often asks ‘what are we going as today?’! Unfair! This phrase has often been asked at my places of work too… Repetition.


So I am promoted to the state of normality (??). Hesitation.

I get to wonder what to wear at a non interview interview type thing with some very important people. I think it may have started at my suggestion.


I may have mentioned a costume.


So. What to go as?

Slightly quirky?

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Completely quirky?

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To give a good impression?

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In control?

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Street theatre?

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Ready for anything?

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As someone else?

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In disguise?

photo 4Myself twenty years ago?

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Myself now? Daughters say research the people first. Then a resounding ‘NO’.

Should I ask advice? What do you guys think? Advice MOST welcome.

What happens if the event is also attended by people with the qualities listed above? I think this opportunity is best dealt with creatively. After all the people concerned are probable on the scale of loopy somewhere. So lets make it fun, count, real, creative, quirky, business like, honest and open.

And I will wear the colour of the day when it gets there!

Thought processed and filed. Tick off list.