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Knit in Public…I dare ya!

Ah, the anti climax…after weeks of chasing people up, finding a venue, or two…the haggling for prices, finding people who you think would be interested  and then in the final hours the panic sets in.

Thankfully I had Elizabeth (Deep Sea Knitter) to share that with and take my mind off the whole affair. It’s funny because we’re not actually that far away from each other providing there’s a car involved, but neither of us have one and public transport in West Wales is…well…difficult.  So she came down Friday instead. It was lovely to have you here and thank you x

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Spinning Blue faced Leicester.

Regardless of any ground work, it’s the people who turn up who make the whole event wonderful. Our usual knitters came, Monkton’s knitting group and a few strangers popped in too.

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A lady from the RSVP (retired senior volunteer programme) came along to give us some yarns and whatnot. She also wanted to know how to use a knitting machine…to which I kindly obliged until the machine jammed!  Half the needles had bent and a cam in the carriage was not moving as smoothly as it should. I should have checked it first! D’oh!

Catronia from “Jane’s of Fishguard” wool shop came down with her daughter….and John ( “The Woodman” as he seems to have become known as) came over with his wife.

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By 1pm most had had enough and started to pack up their gazebos. I’m so glad I stuck around because I finally met Angie of  Blog  Blethers who is sat behind Felix (The Domestic Soundscape) who was travelling around our neck of the woods and knitting her baby wool and sari silk project. I’m also glad Andrew (Ravelry Link) managed to fit us in in his busy schedule too. I can’t wait to see that Pinwheel Cardigan finished which he is knitting in the most beautiful yarn I have ever seen.

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Thank you all so much for coming  and thank you to Mr Hobo for the photos. Glad you were’nt the token bloke after all.

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So, what’s next?

On the 19th of June I shall be face pinting on the Memorial park with the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”. On Sunday Mr Hobo has been asked to lead the Family Service, at St Teilo’s church, which gives us a chance to get an idea of how our Youth Church, “Tyfu Tyfil” will pan out.

Find a lace project for this…

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and find some time to spin this…

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Both were kindly given to me by Elizabeth. Thank you x

For now…

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(thank you Angie xx)

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1 potato, 2 potato….

You know when you’re working hard, never seem to be in, and the house work is the last thing on your mind…yet, you know it has to be done and the ironing pile becomes a new monument, the living room floor dissapears and you find yourself constantly moving things to sit down.

Yesterday I had to tidy, I had to. I’m going to be busy for the next two weekends (I’ll tell you later) and I don’t want to be doing anything after work, so the plan was, get the kids to help and they could earn some pocket money and we were possibly having people around. It had to be done – end of!

But…(yeah, you knew the “but” was coming). We remebered that the Pembrokeshire Potato Festival was on. We usually miss it as Pembrokeshire has this fear of advertising events.

So off we went…

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Thankfully the weather stayed dry in time for the kids to make potato-head masks.

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I love the expression on Mavis’ mask – she actually looks like that!

It was good to see Pip and Guy again. Who, with Josie Coggins are known as “Space to Create”. A little group of very talented artists.

As you may or may not have realised, I’m a big fan of real ales, hence the name “Riggwelter” which is a Black Sheep Brewery Beer, you may also know that I love to support local produce (most of our veg and meat comes from the farmer’s market here). So when the two come together, I can get quite excited.

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The Honey one is going to go well with today’s dinner.

Organic Pembrokeshire lamb. Mmmmmmmm….

Needless to say, the tidying up didn’t get done, apart from tidying up the living room a little so I could at least sit down at the computer! As soon as I heard we weren,t having guests after all, I gave up on the idea.

I have been doing a little crocheting. I’m making little keyrings to sell at the weekend, to raise some money for SNAP Cymru.

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and a couple of clocks.

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Right, I’m off to tidy the house….as if!

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Back to nature.

Or should I subtitle this “The day I nearly went to Wonderwool Wales – and totally peed that I didn’t!”

The wonderful Forbidden Knitter offered a lift, I had so much planned, I wanted to meet Posh Dee of Posh Yarns and Artis-Anne and her daughter Kath, I wanted to spend time in what only could be described as a little bit if heaven, and what happens?

I got ill, it started with a sore throat, which became a tummy bug and then a full blow flu-ey thing. I’ve been feeling so low and lethargic of late (try saying that after a few!) I haven’t done much in the way of crafts at all, especially knitting. I’m actually beginning to wonder if Clarabelle did actually steal my mojo after all.

Still, I suppose there’s always next year.

But, after having nearly a week off work (but with either 2 or more of the kids as they’ve been poorly too) I am feeling much better now and can stare gormless-ly at the monitor without getting dizzy!

We all took a walk on Saturday, to clear the cobwebs, firstly to Brunel Quay, just across the Cleddau Bridge.
It’s a wonderful, if not blustery walk over the river Cleddau to Neyland where we walked along the last remains of the South Wales Railway, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (hence the name of the quay).

We carried on along the cycle path (a bit that Jim looks after for Sustrans) to the Nature Reserve.

Mavis was so desperately wanting to chat to this swan, despite me telling her it wouldn’t be happy about it.

The best bit of this cycle route, for me, is that it’s completely off-road, the children can wander around exploring nature without too much worry.

After several hours of walking, and frequent “wee stops” we guessed that the kids were getting tired and followed the nearest exit to civilisation (if you can all it that in Pembrokeshire!) and caught the next bus home.

The children were so interested in the flowers and birds and bugs, that much so, that I bought them a wormery. As I was planting my veg (we have carrots, radish, onions, lettuce, and mixed leaves- I’ll leave those for another post now though) I let them set it all up and look for worms. There is actually an ulterior motive for the wormery. I am organising an exhibition for The Pembroke Dock Midsummer Festival again this year, on Pembrokeshire Wildlife, so I thought it would be fun for the children who visit, to see how the worms live.

There’s not a great deal going on yet, they must be Pembrokeshire worms!

And finally, as for knitting, I’ve not done a lot. I’ve made a little more progress on Big J’s jumper, which should be finished just in time for the summer!

Song for this post – Midnight Man – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds