Afternoon Tea socks and EYF and all the amazing things

Well then. Fell off the blogging planet for a little while there, while simultaneously in the real world experiencing SO MUCH fibre and crafting-relating amazingness that now I’m in front of the computer I hardly know where to start. Hello though! How’re you?  Good start to 2019 so far?

Sooo – let’s kick off with a newly-minted pattern. The Afternoon Tea socks pattern is freshly tested and edited, and available for you to buy now on Ravelry (WAIT A SECOND THOUGH, keep on reading for a special offer on this pattern exclusively for blog readers!).

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I’m super-happy about these socks. I had a small army of test-knitters checking them in every size for me (thanks, guys!) and all their hard work inspired me to knock out a quick pair of ankle-sock versions. LOOK AT THEM! I might love them even more than the full-length pair.

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Now about that special offer. I actually launched these guys more than a week ago, with my usual launch discount of 20%. But in all the flurry of EYF taking place (and more on that in a minute, hoo boy) I totally neglected to tell you guys, my brilliant blog-readers! SO, to make sure you don’t miss out, I am giving my readers an exclusive 20% discount on the Afternoon Tea Socks pattern for another week. Buy the pattern on Ravelry here, and enter this code at check-out to get your discount: ATS20

The promotion will run until the end of Tuesday 1 April, 23:59 British Summer Time. I am so sorry I didn’t let you all know sooner, but please do go and get your money-off while you can (if you like the pattern!) – you guys are so supportive and deserve all the discounts in the world!

IN OTHER NEWS, a little fibrey-get-together happened over the last week up in Edinburgh. And THIS year I was there working on a stand – I helped out Travelknitter all weekend selling her utterly gorgeous yarn. We had a prime spot right by the entrance and OH MY we had an awful lot of customers!

I really wish I had a whole pile of photos to show you, but the truth is we were so unbelievably busy that I hardly had a moment to take a breath, let alone take pictures. So you can have a few of our stand, which was basically the only thing I managed to photograph.

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This is how the yarn looked on day 1. It was substantially reduced by the end of day 3.

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Recognise these, anyone? (thank you SO MUCH to everyone who bought a sock pattern during the festival!)
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Our home-from-home for three extraordinary days

The whole experience was absolutely amazing – despite the exhaustion I massively enjoyed meeting so many crafters and talking about their likes and dislikes and planned projects for Larissa’s yearn. It was also an utter delight meeting a handful of YOU guys – thank you so much to the people who came and sought me out! I also managed to squeeze in a quick half-hour coffee break with Katherine from Fiber and Sustenance which was far too short but a really lovely pause in a manic weekend. (She has a new sock pattern out too – take a look!) If you need proof that I was actually there, here’s me and a very tired Larissa from day 1 (migraines before a yarn festival are not a good thing! happily she perked up from meeting all the amazing customers).

I can also show you the few things I managed to nab for myself (nearly all exclusively bought during the quiet period before the doors properly opened at 9am). I seem to be getting choosier and choosier when it comes to buying yarn (I went to Unravel in Feb and only bought one skein!), but the few I have here make me really happy, and the accessories and notions are all amazing.

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Clockwise starting top-left: envelope project bag from Pink Hazel; two skeins of Enchant (alpaca/silk/cashmere) from Skein Queen (her last EYF! glad I snapped these up when I could); a skein of Scylfing Sock from Triskelion Yarn (my current WIP is in this no-nylon sock yarn and I am in love with it – hopefully more on that in a future post); one of the very last travel stitch marker tins from Travelknitter (sadly discontinued! luckily I had an ‘in’ with the vendor…); a ‘venn diagram of me’ pin badge from An Caitin Beag; my second leather wrist ruler from Beyond Measure (I could honestly have spent my entire budget at their stand); and the whole lot nestling in an awesome caddy bag also from Pink Hazel which was a present from Larissa.

And now I am home again in London, and spring is here which is definitely helping beat the post-EYF blues (sunshine! blue sky!). Enough rambling from me now though – how’re you, friends?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. It was so lovely to see you and YAY FOR AFTERNOON TEA! I love love love the ankle sock version!!

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    1. Ahh thank you! It was so so nice to take a moment to catch up with you – hopefully see you in a month or two where we can do it again without having to rush!

      Also I hope you are going to post about your amazing purchases – can’t wait to see them.

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  2. I live in Glasgow and I’ve still never made it to EYF yet! It sounds amazing, I must sort myself out and get there next year.

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    1. You definitely should! It’s an incredible yarn festival with so many lovely vendors and fantastic yarns and other crafty things to admire.

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  3. Meg Jones says:

    That’s a lovely and colour-coordinated haul you have there. 😀

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    1. Yes I have definitely ended up with a certain colour-scheme 😀

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      1. Meg Jones says:

        It’s probably a good thing as then you know you have yarn that will go with other yarn, rather than having skeins that don’t quite have a use in the stash.

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  4. Ooh! All the pretties! I love the ankle sock version and will definitely be knitting those up one day now that I have the pattern 🙂 Sounds like you had a fantastic time again at EYF 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Paula! Yes EYF was amazing, though I am only now getting back to normal in terms of sleep (I don’t think I’d realised quite how tired I was!).

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