It's been a bit manic over here at Talk-a-Lot Towers this week. I've been really busy with work, but I managed to sneak off on Wednesday for a look around the wonderful Knitting and Stitching Fair up at Alexandra Palace. I came home laden with goodies. There were so many irresistible yarns and yarn-related gizmos and books. It was amazing, and now I'm all fired up with a hundred ideas for projects that I'd love to get right down to making.
Part of my haul included some lovely Knit Pro interchangeable circular needles. I'm loving them. I've bought some really chunky ones to knit different textiles. When I was in Spain in the summer I went to a fair called White Summer, where I found this amazing company producing arm-knitted textiles that were used for upholstery. They made lanterns woven with textile to diffuse the light, amazing floor coverings and pouffe seats that could have doubled up as side tables. I haven't seen anything like it before: it looks to me as though they use crochet, knitting and macrame stitches to get around all the corners that they cover. I also loved the subdued palate they used with the odd splash of brilliant colour here and there.
The Wonderdog and I have been taking lots of autumn walks enjoying the lovely weather for as long as we can. On Friday morning we had our first proper autumn fog. The back garden was converted into a magical glade as the sunbeams shone through the mist dappling the grass with shadows from the branches of the trees.
My wonderful Munstead Wood rose has heroically carried on blooming, which makes me ridiculously happy every time I walk past it. The scent is that of a fragrant old world rose, and the blossom is big and rich and sumptuous.
Anyway I'd better run as I've got to take Emi to a birthday party.
All the best for now,