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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.

Enjoy!

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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…

 

Oh arr oh arr aay.

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I feel slightly aware of the fact that nearly every post on this blog begins with a short tale of how busy we are. I’m loathe to do it again, but I shall merely hint at the fact that we have been bee-like in our activity.

So… Glastonbury has been and gone, and what a lovely show it was.

Sadly, last year I was unable to attend due to the aforementioned bee tendencies, but this year I was up bright and early and even managed to drag my boy along with me. Surprisingly, he was keen to experience a wool show, and I thought Glastonbury was a nice one to ease him in.

A rather lovely Victorian sampler that captured our imaginations.

A rather lovely Victorian sampler that captured our imaginations.

We started out the day at the Museum of Rural Life. And when I say that, of course, I mean that we kicked off the day with a lovely cup of tea in the café. I mean, that’s what shows are all about –right?! We then pottered around the lovely museum which is free in case you were wondering. We learnt a lot about what things were like in Somerset in yesteryear, and, in a nutshell, people died in awful ways. Sad, but true. Oh, and they drank a LOT of cider. Seriously. They used to get paid in cider.

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Anyway, I digress.

THE SHOW.

The calibre of stallholders was marvellous, and I had great fun explaining to boy the difference between tops, roving, batts, art yarn, handspun etc. I don’t think he was listening intently, but hey, he permitted me to go and squish and sniff to my heart’s content.

It was the first time he had seen the JB stand, and needless to say, he was very impressed.  I was too, I have to admit. The colours this season are really striking, and every time we’re at a show I have to restrain myself to only one or two [or four or ten] skeins.

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It was a wonderful day out, full of the classic sights and sounds of the south west. The perfect way to spend a weekend.

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Yep... These are Somerset's FINEST strawberries. Devon, read 'em and WEEP.

Yep… These are Somerset’s FINEST strawberries. Devon, read ’em and WEEP.