Its been a couple of weeks since my last update but I have been busy dyeing a whole new batch of yarn sets. First of all are these mini skeins which I really enjoyed dyeing. They are very saturated in colour and a couple of the colour schemes are very natural feeling with the greens and autumnal tones. Also I’ve included a Frida Kahlo Set following on from our recent trip to London to see the exhibition. For the next seven day you can also join in a giveaway competition on my Instagram account (@theyarnbadger) to win the following Frida goodies;
The giveaway ends on August the 3rd.
This update has also seen the arrival of a brand new product for my shop, the 250g fade set. I have currently got in stock 3 new fade colourways with the hopes of adding more if they prove popular. Also (bottom left of above photo) I’m trialling 50g duo sets for lovers of stranded colour work. Combined with a mini Skein (sold separately) the two skeins will work up lovely as a pair of socks. I have started knitting one myself;
I haven’t yet added the sock blanks I’ve been working on but I have been enjoying knitting one up into the Reyna Shawl (available on Ravelry for free). I’ll add some progress shots soon!
Happy knitting! <3
This Wednesday was our train trip to London to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibition. We were booked in to the 2pm slot at the V&A so first we visited Covent Garden where I couldn’t resist going in Pollocks miniature theatre toy shop. It’s a delight! We decided to walk through Soho and Leicester Square to go to Liberty of London store as I’ve watched the Christmas specials on the telly box and the craftsmanship that goes into the products in the store is phenomenal, it’s supporting artisans throughout the U.K. (they have an open call for new products every year). I indulged in a beautiful throw and a meter of Liberty fabric (soon to be knitting bags).
Of course for me the piece de resistance was at the very top of the store, the rug shop. I have watched with gleeful eyes the bounty that the rug merchant hauls back from his travels abroad on tv but I got to see them (and him) in person! The beautiful patterns and hours of knotted yarns tied in intricate designs depicting storks, flowers and tigers. Such wonders.
The Frida Kahlo exhibition was such a treat. I was hoping to view a painting and I wasn’t disappointed. There were around 6 self portraits but my favourite was the love embrace of the Universe, Earth, myself, Diego and Senor Xolotl. Also amongst the personal possessions of Frida there was a wooden craft box containing sewing threads and also a ball of red yarn. Photos were not permitted but there is a book available (I bought) to accompany the exhibition.
A little look at a few of the titles I’ll be taking along with me to Yarndale includes this beautiful Round and Round the Crochet Hook by Emily Littlefair (there’s a blanket and a wall hanging in there I quite fancy).