Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

So, it’s been a busy few weeks here at the chapel.  I’ve been working full-time so not a whole lot of time for fun stuff to go down, but we have managed to squeeze in a few fun things.

First off we threw a bit of a shindig a few weeks ago when an old friend of the hubby’s was in the area visiting family for the Easter holiday.  We essentially had a grown-ups Easter Egg hunt for the folks as well as a much scaled down one for the kids.  It was a lot of fun and the food that the hubby made was totally tasty.  Everyone was fascinated by his method of poaching eggs (he uses plastic wrap).

I got my Clapotis off the blocking mats and modeled it.

The Clapotis being modeled on the spur of the moment by yours truly...

After that, my friend Lily came to visit from the US for a few days and sort of got ashed in.  She didn’t stay with us for most of it and unfortunately, I was working too much to get to hang with her all that much.  However, we did get to go to the V&A quilt exhibit going on now through early July and it was excellent!!  I would totally suggest to anyone that they go see it post haste!  It was so good that I even bought the book that went with the exhibit, and I have never done that before!

We’ve been enjoying the blooming flowers and lambs all around us.

Yesterday we got up bright and early to head off to Wonderwool Wales in lovely Builth Wells.  The ride out was excellent, sunny and pretty clear all of the way.  Wonderwool Wales itself was lots of fun, almost as much fun as driving there!  Here are some pictures…

We knew we were on the track....

The space was really nice and open. We never got that crowded feeling like you usually do at other fiber festivals.

I tried my first Scotch egg. I thought that they were hot!

I also got to see the lovely Jo Watson of Yarn Gathering and the driving force behind the Knit Camp.

The weather was really nice for the trip. Here I am soaking up some rays!

On the way home we saw several castle ruins.

One of the rest stops that we stopped at had tons of ravens around it.

I didn’t go buck crazy with the shopping at Wonderwool Wales (unusual as I know that sounds).  However, I did pick up a few things…

These 50+ year old bobbins were wrapped with rovings. The one on the right is Shetland and the one on the left is Wensleydale. They were both from The Threshing Barn booth.

Some BFL laceweight that I picked-up at the stall. One of these skeins is destined for a grab-bag present at Knit Camp.

100 grams of Angora. I'm thinking of mixing this with the silver alpaca that I got the first year at Rhinebeck to make a REALLY lush yarn!

A lovely art card from a Welch artist.

Some fun prints of old photos of spinners.

I got two bags of Hebridean from the Hebridean breeders booth.

All in all it was a really fun day out (though exhausting).  Now onto cleaning the house and planting in the courtyard!

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