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A sprinkling of fairy dust

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Who’s ready for winter?

Dear Friends

I can see that the weather has changed, it’s cold and frosty here.  Sorry, but I think this is wonderful and the way Christmas should be.  A chance to wear all the lovely gloves, scarves and hats you have been saving all year.

I have been very busy since the summer.  Some of the orders have been for Christmassy things and some just because they looked lovely.  This beautiful green cardigan in cotton was made in the Autumn but is all ready for the Spring.  It looks quite plain as the tiny rosebuds are very understated, but it was a lovely pattern and cotton is always easy to knit with.

I also made these two little slipovers for a young lady of 9.  I was asked to make the two and given a free hand as to what pattern and what colour.  This does not happen very often so I dug deep into my oddments basket and found these colours. Not enough to make anything with on their own, but look what you can do when you put them together. She loved them which always makes me smile.

Lastly, and not least the lads, this jumper for Nathan ticked all the boxes. I used up some beautiful Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK which is very warm and he asked for the yellow collar. Why not, it’s different and it made him happy. He might wear it now!

I’m finishing off a cardigan for my friend in South Africa, which of course he will not need just yet as it’s very warm there right now. I will keep you posted and pop a picture into the next newsletter, let me know what you think.

Are you all ready for Christmas?  I am nearly done, I have never been this organised in my life, there’s just the food to think about as everyone is coming to me this year. I love it.

If I don’t get the chance to produce another newsletter this side of Christmas, may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Lots of love

Frances x

Looking back on 2013

I expect that many of you, like me, are running around now like mad people trying to arrange everything for Christmas. Juggling family, home and job: it’s a balancing act. I have not even posted my cards yet!

It will all come together in the end, it always does. Yet the daft part is, out of all the things that are worrying you now, they just don’t matter on the big day.

To recap 2013, this has been a really busy year for me and I am now just trying to get the last of the Christmas orders out and posted – have faith, it will all be done.

On looking back we have made some lovely things like the jockey jumper as it has now become affectionately known back in April. We also had success with Hayley and her lovely angora jumpers which we showed off in our July newsletter.

I have tried to be quite diverse in the things I have made, like using different yarns and colours for baby things rather than the traditional pale pink and blue in baby DK. For instance, there was the navy jumper and shoes for a little chap called Danny.

We have finally made a contribution to the Menswear Department – a cardigan! (I will be building on this, I promise).

Hats and gloves in these lovely sets…

…not forgetting our three baby jumpers in this lovely Cookey Cream wool which I bought at the Cockermouth Woolfest back in July.

We made a shrug for a wedding back in September and gloves for a charity. We have ended the year with the craft fair at Bury Grammar School and by helping a very worthwhile charity, the Babygrow Appeal. We sent them some goodies and I hope they had a very successful night last night.

Lastly I would like to thank everyone on the team for working so hard this year and of course thanks to you too for looking in.

Our final thank you must go to our latest two lovely models who have made my hats look so special.

I shall be signing off now for a couple of weeks, but will be checking in on the emails when I can.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

Lots of love

Frances x

Craft fairs

During the run-up to Christmas for the past couple of years we have been lucky enough to participate in the annual craft fair at Bury Grammar School for Girls.

Here is a brief taster of the day from 2011 with the star of the show being a Christmas pudding tea cosy and a lamb. Click a photo to see larger images in a slideshow. We’ve added some photos from the 2012 event too, when our new mascots the teddy bear family in their cardies caught everyone’s attention!