Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Fil en fete

The June/July knitting retreat coincided with Fil en Fete in St Jean d'Angely. This fabulous exhibition is held here every two years and showcases a stunning mix of patchwork, quilting, boutis, lacemaking, tapestry weaving and embroidery. The exhibits are in 8 different venues around the town and include a selection of stalls selling materials and finished products.

This amazing fan is made from recycled denim

silks for sale

I couldn't resist this dahlia outside one of the halls

a lace necklace nearly completed

and the grey one on the model at the top is now mine!

Culli's largest yarn bowl to date, we decided it was too lovely to cut a hole for the yarn

And this beautiful quilt is my favourite - made for me by my friend Sue and would definitely have been worthy of a space in the exhibition

Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 knitting and crochet workshop with Carol Meldrum

Due to a cancellation we have one or two spaces available in a single or twin room on this wonderful workshop with tutor Carol Meldrum. Open to all skill levels.

Saturday 17th October - Saturday 24th October 2016
For further details visit Knitting holidays in France

Join Carol for a week of workshops exploring various knitting and crochet techniques.

During the week we will also have a bit of time for sightseeing, shopping and knit'n'natter. Prices include full board.

Knitting and crochet retreats

We have just come to the end of another week of knitting and crochet at La Verderie. The week started with cancelled flights and rain showers but Sue and Mary managed to get on alternative flights the following morning and arrived just before the other three guests.

The weather has not been brilliant for June, but we managed a few outings in the dry and a few afternoons in the garden, the rest of the time was spent concentrating on projects.

We seem to have achieved masses in a week, shopping in St Jean d'Angely and Saintes, Cognac tasting and an outing to the knitting and stitching show in Niort, not quite Ally Pally but worth the drive.

Everyone came along with a variety of projects. Sue was working on a lovely rib sweater from one of the Pompom magazines which should have been in brioche stitch, but we all came to the conclusion that Fisherman's rib would be far easier, she also managed to produce a bunny from one of the wonderful Little cotton rabbits patterns

and a bit of crochet

Mary was working on two amazing shawls

Pat knitted the tiniest cardigan for one of triplets due in August

plus a few small accessories to sell on her craft stall

Diane and Heather were both knitting the same shawl pattern in sparkly and sequinned yarns

and Heather very nearly finished a fab knitted basket in chunky wool mixed with a cotton lurex blend.

In between all the knitting, crochet and gossip we have managed to eat vast amounts, drink a few glasses of wine and celebrate BeBop's 13th birthday,