Much as I like to be busy this has been a rather crazy few days so it's good to have my feet up this afternoon. The overwhelming impression I brought back from my day at the Knitting and Stitching show is what an awful headache I had. I remember being unimpressed last year and I felt much the same again on Thursday. A couple of excellent exhibitions but not much else... and the less said about the state of the toilets the better!
However I have had a fantastic weekend at Missenden Abbey with my brand new group of City & Guilds students. They are all enthusiastic and fun, have worked really hard and I know we are going to have a brilliant couple of years. While we were there we stumbled across a fantastic exhibition called Pinpoint at The One Church Street Gallery in Great Missenden. Over fifty contemporary miniature works of art - "that express a sustained conversation with materials" - textile inspired in one way or another. There are some really cutting edge pieces of work from a diverse group of artists and the exhibition which is open until November 9th is well worth a visit.
Something else I managed to do whilst I was at Missenden Abbey was finish off some knitting in the evenings. These blue Parade socks have been on the needles for some time so it was good to finish them... and wear them! Perfect socks for putting one's feet up.
And while I'm talking socks these are another pair I've finished recently - the first time I've ever tried socks with different colour toes and heels. I might have been really pleased with them except I seem to have made a mistake...
One has got a single rib cuff and the other has got a double rib which I didn't notice until I tried them on. They were knitted toe up so it wouldn't be that much of a problem to unravel the cuff on one sock and re-knit it, but to be honest I can't be bothered!
One thing I didn't managed while I was away was to pick a winner of the make up bag made from Celia's fabrics... so I enlisted the help of my assistant on my return home this afternoon...
And Vivienne of Green Rabbit Designs is the winner.
But now it's time to get off my backside and unpack the numerous bags that are taking up space in my studio and then start the dinner... so much for putting my feet up.