I have just returned from the annual knitaway holiday to Buxton with my knitgroup friends.  As usual we had great fun, lots of laughs, plenty of good food and wine and managed a spot of knitting and crochet 🙂

Whilst our knitaway holidays are similar, we always manage to do something different each time.

This time we had a workshop on fair isle, tutored by Melanie Boocock.  I loved the workshop and came away with more confidence in my ability to knit fairisle (and with a little purse to show for it!).

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Melanie is a great tutor and I can recommend her workshops.  She is running one at Black Sheep Wools next week – details here.

On the journey to Buxton some of us stopped at Whaley Bridge to visit Wiseheart Studio. This is a relatively new venture, having superseded the previous yarnshop which was in the same premises.   Kate wasn’t expecting us (next time we’ll warn her!) but she was extremely welcoming, making tea and coffee for us and explaining her aims for the studio.  We had a good mooch around and discovered she has a beautiful range of wool and natural fibres.  One of her aims is to have yarn sourced from Britain as ethically as possible, she has yarn from a variety of local indie dyers and is working on having a unique local yarn, all of which have these credentials.

As well as this gorgeous yarn, the shelves are decorated with shawls, felted and woven brooches, felted hanging decorations and shawl pins, even her notions are beautifully presented!

She also runs a variety of fibre and fibre-related workshops or ‘adventures’ which I think is a great word!   I’ll keep an eye on her website as I have been assured there will be some lovely adventures for me to try soon.

Happy knitting and crocheting xxx