Well before I start with my weekly update, I have some news! 5 miles from my home is the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer. In the village square there’s a circular pavillion which was one of the buildings they would sample the spa waters, in Victorian times. Last week it opened as a new venture ‘The Fuzzy Thistle’, selling locally made crafts. (If you follow the link above, you’ll find that web page has a picture of the “Old Sampling Pavillion” at the bottom of the page, not to be confused with the large Spa Pavillion at the top of the page.)
They operate on a sale or return basis, so if they aren’t snapped up then it hasn’t cost me anything. I’ve started off with 6 of my felted scarves and they are hopefully going to sell them to tourists or locals. Today I had an email saying one of my scarves (the bottom right one) has been bought! So that’s exciting.
The town is a couple of miles off the North Coast 500 route, and has a number of large hotels that attract coaches doing Highland tour trips and independent travellers. In the square on Tuesday evenings the local pipe band play during the holiday season and the shop will open during that time as well as the other times during the week. We are starting with the scarves and as I make more things I can drop them in. Two of the scarves I made this week (top left purple and bottom middle yellow & black…that looks green!) I won’t find out until the end of each month whether anything has been sold. They should make good gifts and souvenir ideas, as they won’t take up much room and they may well come in handy even on a summer’s day we can get cold winds.
So this was a productive week, with the yellow and black scarf made on Monday and the purple on Tuesday.
On Wednesday I finished Quick Sand and blocked it. It has been drying for days and is still a bit damp, despite me jumping on towels to get moisture out. A separate post will follow with it dry and on, but this is it wet.
As a palette cleanser between big projects I thought I’d make some Smitten Mittens with some of my original homespun yarn and home dyeing practice from last year that has sat in a bag of homespun odds and ends. Here’s 4 of them, should be able to do another 20 before Christmas to hang them as an advent garland…and get my husband to pop chocolates in them lol! I have done a swatch for my next Heidi Kirrmaier pattern, ‘Such a Winter’s Day’ and the maths is making my brain hurt. Based on gauge I should go down a needle size, others who have made it with the same yarn seem to have just knit a size smaller on the larger needles. Anyone know the formula for double checking this would work? The internet just has me baffled.
Now for something totally different! Wood Turning!
On Friday I did a wood turning course that my husband got me for my birthday present. If you haven’t already seen my separate post please go have a look at my masterpiece of a yarn bowl I made. Super pleased with it and want to do it again.
On Thursday it was my 47th birthday and I met a friend for a walk with the dog and lunch at The Bad Girls Bakery. My husband plays football on Thursday evenings and this year Valentine’s Day, our Wedding Anniversary and my birthday have all landed on Thursday! So we went for a meal on Friday evening instead, to the Black Isle Bar which serves organic pizzas and their craft ales. I don’t drink beer but I like their pizzas and there’s an ice cream parlour a few doors down.