Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wee Highland Hoose

I fell in love with this wee hoose last week when I came across the knitting pattern for it on Esty. I live in a beautiful part of the world but I dream of a little croft in the Scottish highlands and this is about as close as I'll get.

The knitting pattern is by Julia Marsh and can be found  on Etsy . It didn't take me long to knit - the pattern is very clear and easy to follow. I used ordinary toy stuffing to fill the house, but I think next time I'll probably use foam as advised in the pattern, or make a fabric lining and fill that with stuffing before putting it in the knitted shell. This would improve the shape of my cottage never the less I just love it- the little croft house is so sweet.
 I'm off to complete my highland village with lots of little highland hames- may be knitting for some time.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

This week

Had a great time last Sunday at a vintage and antique textile fair in Manchester. It was nice to spend a day as a customer and even nicer rummaging round such wonderful stalls. The fair was organised by the Textile Society ( ) and is an annual event. There were a large number of commercial sellers, representations from various guilds including embroiderers,quilters, and button collectors, and there were also talks given by experts and academics.

I found the Textile Society while bumbling around on Facebook. It organises events and talks up and down the country through the year- so it's worth looking them up if your interested in textiles.

 I'm taking part in a virtual craft fair this week, something I find intriguing and am really interested to see  how it goes. The 'fair' is organised by Creative Connections and Craftfest runs through this week ( 10th- 18th March ). To set up your stall you produce an album of your wares with links to where the items can be purchased, and the organisers promote the event. There are over a 170 stalls selling various crafts - so lots to see. There are several events through the year and the next one is in June.