I am excited to announce a new chapter in the life of Skybluepink Designs. Actual opening date to be sorted out, but I will let you know when!
Obviously this means a re-arrangement of my schedule this year, so I won't be taking part in the St Abbs Market or Paxton House markets this year. I have really enjoyed taking part in these regular events and I hope that you will continue to support them. You will be able to visit me in my studio on Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed 5 days a week!
After a long absence on my blog page, I though it about time to recommence posting.
I have a few events lined up for the year, so I will post them all here in the same place. Get out your diaries and see if we can meet up sometime, somewhere!
You can find more information about all the events by clicking on the coloured words in the text.
I promise to put up some nice photos in my next post - and fairly soon.
To start with, I will have regular dates at both St Abbs Market in St Abbs on the first and third Friday of the month starting in April (but not the first Friday... as that's the day before St Abbs Wool Festival and that takes a lot of getting ready for.
A newer event will be a pop up market each Tuesday from the beginning of May until the end of September at Paxton House. They have a wonderfully situated marquee on the lawn overlooking the River Tweed which will be open for the market between 10am and 4pm.
To start with though, the first event is on Saturday 2nd March as guests of the Haddington Spinners for their Open Day in the Poldrate Mill, Haddington. There will be an exhibition of work by the group, you can sign up for courses, bring your wheel or spindle and spin with the group, see what's on the sale table - oh, yes, if memory serves me correctly, there is a table full of home made baking to nibble....
On Sunday 3rd March we are at the Borders Organic Gardeners Potato Day in Springwood Hall at the Showground in Kelso. There you can buy all your seed potatoes, garlic bulbs, onion sets and shallots ready to plant as well as browsing around the green fair to see what's available. A great event with a real buzz about it.
The following weekend, we are travelling up to Dornoch for the 10th Dornoch Fibre Festival on the 9th and 10th March. A lovely local festival with two venues and the whole town waking up to springtime and woolly visitors. Lots of workshops, a Shetland Sheep Day on the Friday and fresh homemaking throughout the weekend.
On the 19th March we are taking a demo stand to the Alnwick Tourism Fair in the Sports Centre at Alniwick to promote the St Abbs Wool Festival. As well as business networking, you can pop along, pick up a poster or some postcards and say hello. You can also check out what else is happening in the region this year. Between 10am and 2.30pm.
Saturday the 6th April is the St Abbs Wool Festival in Eyemouth and we are busy already preparing for that! With lots of local crafters and a few exhibitors from farther afield we hope you will join us in our celebration of wool in all its forms.
In May - Wednesday the 8th - I will be hosting a workshop in the Textile Tower House in Hawick - Fair Isle Knitting. So if you fancy trying your hand, come and join us. Limited places.
On Sunday the 19th May there is a destash day in the Village Hall at Foulden, (near Berwick upon Tweed for those not familiar with the area). I will be taking along lots of old stock and bargains galore! So will everyone else!
On the 8th June we are going up to Letham in Fife for the GWSD Open Day
We got confirmation yesterday that we are going to Wool Fest in Cockermouth on the 28th and 29th June, so we pack the camping gear and get ready to escape to the wonderful Lakeland for a few days.
There will be other events slotting in between these, but for now I think that's enough!
I will start with diary dates as I'm already behind schedule!
I was hoping for a quiet summer but something always comes along to change my mind. A lot of different events this year, with trunk shows and pop ups, not so many big shows, I'm staying local if I can!
Fridays 3rd & 17th August at the regular St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre, between 10am and 4pm. I can't say often enough what a great place it is to visit.
Saturdays 4th & 18th August more visits to Seams Sew in Dunbar for a trunk show and mini crochet workshops with hand spun yarns. I take all my stock to Sheena's little shop on the High Street in Dunbar and we set up as a wool shop for the day. All my yarns, buttons, fibres, needles etc to browse in a new location. Between 10am and 3pm.
Sunday 19th August at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler for a destash day - I will be taking all my old stock and some things that don't usually come out to smaller events, so a chance to pick up a Skybluepink Designs bargain or two!
Monday 27th August sees us at the Glendale Show, Wooler in the Countryside Tent. The best Agricultural Show around, so friendly, so much to see and do. And the weather is always splendid!
Tuesdays, 7th, 14th 21st & 28th August, 4th & 11th September too! More visits to Paxton House with the St Abbs Market crew. The venue is bigger than at the Ebba Centre, so there are more stalls to see. Between 10am and 3pm in the Marquee on the lawn by the big house!
Saturday 1st September is the Alnmouth Wool Festival in the Hindmarsh Hall in Alnmouth, organised by the Sheep Tales Group. Between 10am and 4pm. Alnmouth is a lovely place to visit to, great beaches and bird life.
Between the 20th and 22nd September Skybluepink Designs are travelling overseas to take part in the Strikkefestival in Fano, Denmark. Needless to say we are really looking forward to this event! 10,000 knitters and woolly minded folk (meant in the nicest possible way!) on a beautiful island on the west coast of Denmark.
Okay, so it's still May! We had a great time at the Hippodrome in Eyemouth during the last few days and hope to do the same again later this year - but we will be giving you a little more notice next time.
And now, here are a few dates when we are out and about over the next month.
Thursday 31st May we are at The Crossman Hall on Holy Island. The St Abbs Market team are popping up throughout June, depending on tide times, it is a very beautiful place to visit and there's so much to do when you get there.
Fridays 1st June & 15th June the regular St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs between 10am and 4pm. With a host of other crafters and food producers. All the birds are now nesting on the cliffs around St Abbs Head, dolphins and whales are moving north and seen regularly from the village itself!
Back to Holy Island for Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th June, so plenty time to catch up with everyone. We are dependent upon tide times for getting across the causeway so please do check the tide times here for safe crossing times.
Also on Holy Island the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th June. Again our opening times depend on the tide, so check on the link above to make sure you don't get caught out.
My favourite jaunt of the year away from home is Woolfest, Cumbria on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June. A cornucopia of wonderful woolly stuff on show for two days at the Auction Mart in Cockermouth. With music and cafes, workshops and demos included it is a feast for the eyes. See you there?
Short notice I know, but Skybluepink Designs are attending this fab event, taking place over the bank holiday weekend in Eyemouth. There are lots of other things happening too - a Mini rally at Gunsgreen House, a visit from a very beautiful cruise ship, the Silver Cloud, music and comedy at the Hippodrome too. Then there's ice cream, coffee, a walk on the beach, around the harbour... see you there!
I might have said in a previous post that we are taking it a little bit easier this year - we won't be going to all the big shows. We are limiting ourselves to Woolfest in Cumbria (June), the St Abbs Wool Festivals in Eyemouth (November and April), the Alnmouth Wool Festival (September) and the Kendal Wool Gathering (October). Other than that, we are sticking to local events and a bit more time in the garden.
In view of this, we have launched a new "web shop" where you can buy fibres, yarns, super coils and all manner of other things. Updates to stock will be happening over the next couple of weeks, then as and when I get round to more spinning etc. Please take a look and see what you think. Feedback welcome!
We welcome visitors to come and see us at home, but please get in touch before setting off to make sure we will be here. Please note, we are closed on Thursday and Sunday.
The Facebook page is a little slow, but I will get used to more regular posting.
Fridays 4th & 18th May 10am to 4pm the St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs. With a host of other crafters and food producers. A great place to visit. What more can I say?
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May we are at The Crossman Hall on Holy Island. The St Abbs Market team are popping up throughout the year, depending on tide times, but the full list of dates is available here - I shall be at all of them. A very beautiful place to visit and there's so much to do when you get there.
Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th May at the Hippodrome, Eyemouth for a pop-up event - more details to follow....
As always, starting off with diary dates, then any other news.
Saturday 7th April 10am to 4pm is the now world famous St Abbs Wool Festival in Eyemouth. Seriously, we have visitors coming from far and wide, including the USA and all points UK! Visitors in the past have come from France, Spain and Belgium too, so "bien venue a tous"!
A quiet time for us then until the Friday 20th April when we are once more back at the St Abbs Market in the lovely village of St Abbs. I'll be there on the first and third Fridays of the month until November so drop in, have a lovely walk, get some great food and a treat or two from our crafty & creative stall holders. So every Friday 10am to 4pm in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs.
Another new regular event will be at the Crossman Hall on Holy Island or Lindisfarne as it is also known. The St Abbs Market team are popping up throughout the year, depending on tide times, but the full list of dates is available here and I shall be at all of them after the 20th April. Another beautiful place to visit and so much to do when you get there.
I shall be posting news on my Facebook page too, just up today is a new pattern I've designed using my handspun yarns, so pop over and take a look. You can also see it on my Ravelry page too. The pattern is available as part of a kit which includes hand spun yarn, pattern and circular bamboo knitting needle. Just contact me using the contact form here if you want to purchase a kit. You will need a yarn which is between 220 and 250 metres per 100 grams to make it.
I've just gone through the process of creating a Facebook page for Skybluepink Designs - please pop over and if you'd like to like it or follow it, that would be great. I'll be updating there and here more regularly I think...
Also, I've put more new yarns here on my Handspun Yarns page, so please drop by and take a peek at them!
... and a couple of dates for spring - 4th March at Springwood Hall in Kelso for the BOG Potato and green fair day.
Away up to the Highlands for the Dornoch Fibre Fest on the 10th & 11th March, with a Shetland Sheep day on the 9th. Always a lovely show.
Then the following Thursday it's off to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival for three lovely days of complete woolly madness and mayhem. That's from the 15th to the 17th March at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. So excited!!
So, another year starts and I've been very busy spinning yarns for showing at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March. i've created a new page here with my latest hand spun yarns - just a few for now - the photographic process is ongoing and with over 300 skeins to capture, that takes a bit of doing! Updates will be frequent so please keep coming back to see what's new - meanwhile, here's a taster of what's on offer.
I'll be adding some diary dates soon too...
After a really fantastic St Abbs Wool Festival on Saturday, I've drawn breath, had a couple of days off and now it's back on the road for...
Some dates where I'll be out and about - all squeezed into November!
Tomorrow, Friday 10th November I'll be taking a table at the St Abbs Market in the Ebba Centre, St Abbs, between 10am and 3pm - winter opening hours now! We have a bright but breezy forecast tomorrow, so come and see who's there, grab a cuppa in the new Ebba Bistro and watch the waves whipping up over the sea wall around the harbour. What could be better?
Sunday 12th November a pop-up market on Lindisfarne/Holy Island in the village hall between about 1pm and 4pm - check the tide table for safe crossing times! Once again the forecast is dry and bright, so have a bracing walk around the island, see the young gannets diving (amazing sight), follow the willow sculpture trail by local artist Anna Turnbull and have a great cup of coffee in Pilgrim's Coffee House.
Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th November is the Melrose Crafters Art & Design Fair in Springwood Hall, Kelso with lots of really talented crafty stalls - all hand made.
I've been knitting and designing for a long time and don't think I'm going to stop anytime soon. The inspiration just keeps coming, there is always a new technique to learn, a new yarn to try out and so many knitters out there in the world sharing their tips and secrets that it's sometimes hard to know what to do next.