Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival

I haven’t been for the last couple of years but this year I decided to make the effort to go to the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival as it’s always full of wonderful beautiful things and talented craftspeople. It’s only 8 miles away but I decided to cycle there and back (it took me an hour each way!) So, even if I had hundreds of £££s to spend (I didn’t) I couldn’t take anything large or heavy or breakable back with me. And I could have spent hundreds of £££s – there were so many beautiful things there…   This was my favourite stand… Cups-and-hooks-2.600   Helaina Sharpley I couldn’t stop staring at her wirework – it was amazingly strange and lovely.   I only found one stand selling hand knitting – the lovely, friendly Belinda Harris-Reid. And that’s where I found my one wee purchase – a lovely turned wood yarn bowl… DSC_0067 I’ve wanted one for ages but it felt like too frivoulous and luxurious a thing…maybe I should get a second one for when I’m knitting in two colours?…   (BTW – the knitting in the picture above is the latest design I’m working on and it’s *gasp* NOT an accessory!)   If you can get to the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival next year – I highly recommend it.   TKM x

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Sharks and tulips

I’m back with another non-knitting post… We had red nose day last week and I had to try to make The Wee Man’s face ‘funny for money’ for school. Not as easy as it sounds. He suffers from eczema on his face so I couldn’t use face paint. I REALLY  wanted to make him one of these… but that was a no go too as it would itch his skin too much. We did decide together to make a pair of cardboard glasses and I started making some, embellished with paint and feathers. But he decided he didn’t want to be Dame Edna Everage after all. 5177__dame-edna_barry-humphries-is-in-london-at-the-moment-presumably-enjoying- So, after racking my brains (and Pinterest) I eventually managed something that he liked that wouldn’t make him scratch. Ta da! IMG_2725 IMG_2726 All I needed to buy was the goggly eyes. He even managed to wear it for the whole morning.  Phew! While this was all going on, I came across the lovely set of Molotow pens (and sketch book) The Big Man bought me at Christmas and was determined to use them this weekend. I was especially inspired after watching a BBC2 documentary on David Hockney on Saturday night. So I set about with pens and paper and here is my first attempt. (These are the tulips The Wee Man gave me for Mother’s day on Sunday). tulips.img021 The colours are a lot brighter in reality than in this scan. I really love their vividness. Now I must go out and buy a larger selection of colours! Have a colourful week everyone!