Hope you are having a good week, I am recovering from a whirlwind few weeks culminating in the Glasgow School of Yarn event over the weekend. It was a real reminder for me of what difference a year can make. This time last year we had just arrived in Edinburgh, I had a little baby who was crawling but not walking and we were living in a dingy cold damp flat. Fast forward a year I have an exuberant toddler, a new home with space for my office, that is not dingy or damp (it is a little cold but this is Scotland and it is October) and I am working for myself as a designer and freelancer. Wow!
Some things don’t change though and one of those things is my passion for humanitarian work and causes – the old job, the one that came before knitting and small children. With that in mind I was very grateful to be part of the team of volunteers who helped run the p/hop stand for MSF (Medecins Sans Frontier) at the Glasgow School of Yarn. The initiative started by some lovely knitters a number of years ago raises money for MSF by matching up skilled designers with knitters who love patterns – all that is asked is the knitters give a donation in line with how much enjoyment the pattern with bring them, hence P/hop (pennies for hours of pleasure). We raised a whopping £729! Thanks for all your support generous knitters of Scotland and beyond.
I was also helping out on the Ginger Twist Studio stall with my pal Jess and her lovely yarns (they really are fab). We had a selection of my books and patterns too – it was very exciting to see my work in print at a yarn event.
Here are some pictures from the two days – it really was a fab weekend.
The lovely Jess from Ginger Twist Studio in her booth.
My patterns on display at the GTS booth, exciting times!
Brilliantly bold yarn from John and Easy Knits
Feeling a little weary at the end of day one, wearing my winter Brunswick, a thicker cozier version – the revised pattern will be released in November.
Skeining yarn in the car on Saturday morning as we made our way across to Glasgow.
The MSF stall and some fab raffle prizes donated by the generous vendors at GSOY.
My restrained purchases from GSOY. Some beautiful ceramic earrings from Susan Sharpe, they are super cute and I have worn them all week. I also bought some lovely Polwarth fibre from Easy Knits in the Dusk colourway. I am going to use it to make the new slippers Cadeautje by Ysolda from her Knitworthy collection.
Did you go to GSOY? I would love to hear about your adventures. If you did not make it to this event have you been to one of the other fab events over the summer months. Share you thoughts and links to blog posts in the comments – I love hearing about yarn related adventures.