Winter craft fair – 4to Observatorio Cultural

This past weekend I participated in the 4to Observatorio Cultural.  It was hard work, (long days and cold), but a lot of fun!

Obs401This was my second fair and I was better prepared and more relaxed. I did some research on the internet about craft fairs, and learned how to display my woolly items better.

Obs402I also packed myself a good lunch and took coffee in a Thermos, perfect for the cold mornings! (I know, I said I was going to stop drinking coffee… but the odd one, or two is so nice!)

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I carded different breeds of sheep’s wool, alpaca, and mohair and then spun them on my wheel and drop spindle. People were amazed by the different textures and how the “fluffy fibre” was transformed into a yarn.

Obs403There were so many lovely hand crafted gifts and a really great atmosphere.

Here are a few pictures of some of the stalls; jewellery, honey, shoes, felted clothes, yarn, and plants are just some of the things that were on sale.

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More photos can be seen on Creatif’s facebook page for the 4to Observatorio Cultural.

And I have a small confession to make. I have a guilty pleasure that goes against all my woolly work…and it is called polar fabric.

As much as I love spinning wool from my sheep and goats, I find it hard to wear around my neck. Luckily my husband has no problem and he has a great selection of wool and mohair scarves. I, however, live in polar clothes in the winter. So when I saw this cape at the fair I couldn’t resist.

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And depending how I wear the hood I either look like the grim reaper or little red riding hood!

Finally finished

The birthday mitts are finished.  A bit late, but the winter is cold and they are perfect for cold classrooms.  I am not a very fast knitter but I love knitting in the round and this was a nice small project to learn fair isle.

Muckle Mitts, pattern by Mary Jane Mucklestone

 

Black and pink wool that was dyed with avocado skins

 

Nothing flashy, just busy

I know, everyone wants to know… how were the rest of the birthdays…more headaches, sweet sixteen tantrums, presents finished on time?

Well, no, no and no.  No migraines, but my youngest had a fever and nightmares with a cold for my husband’s birthday, and we took my oldest out for lunch for her sweet sixteen and it was really, spectacularly bad! (we were trying a new restaurant and her pasta tasted like canned spaghetti)

I haven’t finished her fingerless mitts yet either, but I did manage to turn

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into these fingerless mitts.

Darwin showing how comfy the mitts are

Darwin’s sister Florence, (camera shy)

I made these with two squares woven on the continuous square loom. With another two squares I also made a neck warmer.

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Neck warmer and mitts

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I have also been spinning for a display at my youngest daughter’s school. The school hosted the Third Ecological Reunion of Rural Schools.

I showed my wool dyed in solar ovens as well as promoting the weaving class that I am teaching.  At the moment there are about 15 mothers participating.  I am pleased how popular the classes are and the interest and creativity being developed in the different things we are making with the “squares”.

solar dyed wool and yarn

Solar dyed wool spun then plied with grey wool

The children are always interested in seeing how yarn is made, and a couple had a go with my drop spindle.  So even though I caught my daughter’s cold, and have been snuffling and sneezing, I think June is finishing fine.