I had a big badge at Edinburgh Yarn Festival which proclaimed that I am a podcaster. And I am! Isn’t that strange? Who knew this time last year that I would own things like microphones and audio editing software.
I’ve been feeling reflective for the last few days, as I’ve had a sinus infection which I caught off John just before going to Edinburgh, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time in bed, trying to catch up on reading blogs and watching podcasts. I’ll try not let the reflection get too deep…today. Additionally – it’s International Day of Happiness today! In addition to the normal parties, I’m linking with Happy Friday over at Planet Penny today.
I am a Podcaster
As I say, I had a big badge saying I was a podcaster last weekend. Oh my goodness, Edinburgh Yarn Festival was amazing. Really wonderful. The best bit was the people. I got to meet so many of my Twitter friends who I have ‘known’ for years, but never spoken to face-to-face. I met the podcasters, who I feel like I know and who I spend a lot of every day with as I work my way through their shows. I met people I’ve emailed about things, my ‘exhibition family’ in the form of vendors such as Purl Alpaca and Belinda Harris-Reid, people who I see at every show. I spent two days with my people. It was glorious!
I also realised that I am a podcaster. You can listen here!
I will record a new podcast episode when I sound less like a muppet, and all the low-down will go into that. I’m still on a high, though, and can’t wait for the next event*.
I am a Weaver
While at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I bought a loom. I have been thinking about making this purchase ever since Martine over at iMake got an Ashford Knitter’s Loom…and I was so excited about it that I proceeded to tell everyone that I met about it. I also told the people I had already told about it that I had bought it. Every five minutes. Sorry about that!
I ‘cast on’ a project as soon as I got back to London (please let me know what the technical term for that is?) and finished a scarf on Tuesday. It’s far too short and the tension is so funny – but I’m sure this will be another project which I frame and add to my display of “first spun yarn”, “first machine knitting” and so on.
You’ll hear a lot more about weaving in the future!
I am a Knitter
There are multiple parts to this identity this week! I got so much knitting done while in Edinburgh – I finished the Angel Socks, which are currently blocked and drying and therefore un-photographed.
I also (finally) cast on Naloa by Renee Callahan, and am a good way through the first chart. I’ve had the yarn for this for months, the pattern for slightly less amount of time, and I’ve been promising myself I will cast on for as long as the pattern has been out. It feels wonderful to have started a brand new project that has been weighing on my mind – and I’m loving how it is turning out!
On the subject of Renee, I went to a lesson with her at Wild and Wooly on Wednesday night. I met some old friends there, as well as a couple of new people. We started working on Saguaro, a beautiful pattern of Renee’s, which involves two-colour cables in absolutely divine Malabrigo Rios yarn. I had a skein of “Indiecita” in my stash, and bought another of “Sunset” from Anna at WandW – the two colours are knitting up beautifully, and I am loving the new technique.
That’s my five things for today! They are all making me feel incredibly happy, positive, and blessed to be part of this little fibre-y community, and the misery of my sinuses have been overshadowed by the joy I’ve felt while working my way through the network I am fortunate enough to belong to.
So, have a wonderful weekend, and hopefully by next post I will be back to my normal non-reflective, brash and silly self!!
Just a quick note, sometimes at the bottom of a post you’ll see a badge linking to things like “Five on Friday”, “Wool on Sunday” and so on. These are link parties, and clicking on them will take you to other bloggers who are concentrating on that rough theme too, so that if you find you want to catch up with the world, you have a good starting point.
* The next event I will be at will be p-Lush in Coventry on Friday and Saturday next week. I hope to see you there!