Monday, 16 April 2018

The knitting and stitching show Penrith 2018

Well, I just went for a look see. You know, as I do. I go for a look and see what's what.
It was my first ever time at a show like this. It. Was. Amazing! All the things to look at and touch and stroke and squish. All the lovely people I chatted to. ALL the things I brought home with me.....
It was £3 for a ticket. It was at Rheghed in Penrith. We arrived nice and early and went for breakfast in the VAIR nice cafe. I say we, I had an Americano and the HG had a sausage and bacon roll and a latte. I didn't take any photos of it but maybe I can find some on the tinterweb to show you...be right back. Not photos of the breakfast!! Of all the stalls!!

Oops I've been awhile - had to get up and make the HG's lunch. Egg and Cress sandwiches today.
No photos of the halls and stands that I could find but it was very hustley and bustley and crafsty and friendly and hellishly expensive!!! The items for sale were exquisite and actually quite bargainous - it's the amount of stalls one may have visitied and browsed and whoops there goes my contactless payment again!!!
My bag was bulging at the very well constructed seams! We may have been back to the car and emptied it once....

There was a free talk by the creator or the beautiful Luna Lapin. I met the lady and her husband at her stand beforehand not realising who she was. Then I re met her upstairs on her stand again after eager to purchase lots of things Luna Lapinney! I Amy SUCH an advertiser's dream I tell you! However, I'm quite the indulged spoilt brat because it was the HG who treated me on this stall, despite my ( weak and frankly feeble ) protestations, insisted on buying them for me! He says he's watched me not spend any money on myself for years and years - always putting others first and I cannot stop him!
Luna Lapin beautifulness


We took a picnic lunch which we had outside in the beautiful warm sunshine, then went back for another mooch around, with more chatting and more sympathy gathering for my poor fingers....
I shall explain..
I made Spag Bol on Friday, for Saturday. Always best the day after. As a treat and part of my SW plan, I had a piece of Lo-Dough ( low carb low calorie bread substitute I'd got to try - a bit like polystyrene if I'm honest and I won't get it again, but it's did the job visually ) which I topped with butter and garlic and parsley and 35g of grated Edam. I used a new grater. Let's just say my garlic bread was extra proteiney due to the fingerprints it had in it.
Ouchy!
It meant I was more than useless on my phone and any sewing was out the window.

Some more gorgeous things, including the fairy fabric bought simply because it was glittery! Glittery fairies people. Come on!!








Anyhoo my wonderful weekend continued with the safe return of Mr 20 - not for much longer - who had been to Barcelona to see a band that he saw last week in Manchester and a celebratory meal of Salt and pepper chicken. It said use a red chilli. I did not have a red chilli, I had chilli flakes, but as I sprinkled them in, a handful fell in. I shrugged and swirled them in thinking they are not at potent as fresh. OH HOLY VOLCANO IN MY MOUTH LIPS ON FIRE. A handful of chilli flakes IS as potent as fresh. It was very tasty though! I had half a pot of fat free natural yogurt with some mint sauce stirred in on mine. Fusion cuisine and all that! Aunt Ressie's style!



I got this lovely card through the post from Miss23 "just because" and the message inside made me do mum tears!


Mr 20 turns 21 on the 21st and we are having open house for coffee and cake this year. He wants NO fuss andthis is fuss to him but tough! The cake he has requested is a simple fresh cream sponge and there will be other offerings about too. A SW friendly lemon drizzle I think. Some chocolate brownies and some shop bought cakes too because as ever TIME IS SHORT! There'll be photos etc I'm sure on the blog at some point of all the cakey goodness.

Freddie had been 'playing'  with Lola and this photo made me laugh a lot...Lola looks very non plussed.



Now I shall try and add some photos which will cause me grate ( HAHAHAHAHA) stress and cause the blog to jump about and have odd spaces betwixt the paragraphs.


Lots of love from
Rachel *Hot Lips* Radiostar xxx

25 comments:

  1. I wanted to do a ps but the stress of going in to edit after photos is too much! I only wanted to add in how much I love Freddie's spotty legs on this photo! And some other stuff I've promptly forgotten. If I remember, I'll add it in comments!! Best get to work!

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  2. Oh I know what it was...
    The amount of comments from the stall holders who were admiring my bag made me chuckle. Aww look at that fabric, where is it from, where did you get it etc etc!!!
    God bless Asda and it's tea towels!!!

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  3. Your bag works well, I love seeing one full size, I used the same tea towel to make Will's half size. perfect for a toddler. Last week Asda had tea towels with guard men on, hubby ex guards, we now have a bag he won't mind carrying. When my fingertips are sore I use Micro-pull instead of plasters, they stay on better and still protects open wounds.

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    1. Thanks for that tip Marlene, I’ll get some next time I’m out x I’ve seen your bag - it’s fab! Might go see if they’ve got some up here!

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  4. Fabulous spendy day to end your holidays. Serious envy here and I’ll look forward to seeing all your makes.

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    1. Just don’t hold your breath waiting - I’m notorious round these parts for just holding onto my fabric not daring to cut it!!!

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  5. Sounds like you had a really great time and have come home with a lot of goodies and projects to make. I look forward to seeing the results! Ouch to the fingers...there must be a better way to grate food surely? Lovely card from you daughter, how sweet.

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  6. sounds like a lovely day out.

    sympathy with the grated fingers. A couple of weeks ago I grated into my nail, it bloody hurt. I thought I'd gone into the nail bed, but by sheer good luck I hadn't. It just carved up my nail, which was a delight.

    Kids. Right little ratbags most of the time, then they go and do something lovely and make us turn into blabbing wrecks. How do they do it?!

    Dog & rabbit look very happy together! xx

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    1. Why does anything hurty on the hands, however small, HURT SO MUCH! It’s a design flaw for sure. We neeeeed our hands!

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  7. Sounds like an amazing event, they are always such a joy to be able to chat with like minded people.

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    1. Everyone has the same agenda and no one is judgey!!! Like the non crafty people in my life who choose to spend their hard earned on things that i don’t understand- however, I don’t comment on it like they seem to like offering their unwanted opinions on my spending!

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  8. Funny you should mention tea towels. I unearthed a pile and think that they will become project bags. Theyb are far too pretty to wipe up with. Love all your purchases and yes, Freddies legs are pretty.

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    1. If you’d have told me pre Freddie, that I’d go dotty for legs that are spotty I’d have declared you insane!

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  9. They're right about the bag it is lovely. If you hadn't remembered you'd left it at the van I'm sure it would have been lost forever :) You are so spoiled by the HG and sooooo worth it. I can't believe how many goodies you bought. What are you going to make first? If you're like me you'll have ripped open everything you brought home and started each thing 'just to see'.

    I can't even think about your grated fingers, but I keep re-reading your Volcano Lips story and laughing - sorry!

    Glad Mr 20 soon to be Mr 21 had a great time abroad and got back safely. He sounds like Amy - the less fuss the better - there's a lot to be said for it actually. xx

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    1. I’ve looked and looked at everything and it’s in the craft room awaiting processing ... but I have cut out the pattern for my first Luna!

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  10. I am very touched that you were treated. xx

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  11. Sounds as if you had a good time. I've just received the Luna Lapin book as a present and am so looking forward to getting started. The book is a beautiful thing in its own right.

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  12. That fair fabric is gorgeous. There was a stall there, from Fleetwood called Coastal Colours,that spin and dye there own yarn. They don't supply shops they only sell at fairs around the country. Hope your fingers feel better soon.
    Carolx

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    1. I saw that stall. I stroked their produce! Did you go Carol? X

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  13. Oh gawd....I have done that myself with chilli flakes. The pain has made sure that I have never done it again.

    Isn't it fabulous to go to a show that is all about what you love. The one at the racecourse was fantastic although I did spend rather a lot of money. It doesn't count though as most of it was birthday money so I don't feel one bit guilty...lol.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. I too was spending birthday money! Past present and future!! 😂

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  14. I had the same experience buying some uber expensive shoes in jigsaw in Oxford once. Shop assistant: our shoes look stunning with your jeans. They're gorgeous jeans, where did you get them from? Me: New Look. Shop assistant: oh. Me: :o)

    I love Lola's face, she's adorable.

    The HG is a lovely man isn't he? You wouldn't catch M at a crafty place, although he would buy me crafty stuff (sewing machine and overlocker for christmas year before last). We have them well trained, no?

    Sorry about your fingers xx

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