Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Rare Breeds Show - Singleton

This Sunday I'm off to the Rare Breeds show at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton near Chichester in West Sussex. The Guild are running a small coach up and we're hoping to get everyone in for free as we're taking part in the competitions for spinning, felting and handmade items from rare breed wools.

I'm entering the Novice class for a spun skein. I've plumped for some Blue-faced Leicester tops, as ready prepared fibre is far easier for beginners to handle. It's lovely and soft, and a greyish-oatmeal colour.

I'm hoping for good weather. Apparently last year the show was deluged and everyone got soaked. The centre has saved historic buildings and rebuilt them on the site, and in dry weather it's a lovely day out. There's a working water mill, and they sell flour that's milled on site.


I'll be working on projects from my yarn stash for the forseeable future. At the moment I'm knitting a jacket for the autumn, it's from the Rowan Classic Winter booklet. The design is Barra, and is knitted in Soft Tweed. It's mostly in moss stitch which is one of my favourite stitches.

I've got the Twig colourway on the needles and am now keeping an eye out for a nice big button that will suit the design.

It may seem a bit mad knitting woollies at this time of the year, but at least I'll be ready for the first cold snap. It seems a long way off as we all swelter in the intense July heat. It's 80 degrees F in the office today and I've got every window possible open really wide.

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