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Saturday in Skipton.

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When I found out one of my favourite crafty bloggers was holding her first ‘open studio’ in a town not too far from where I live I just couldn’t resist going along…

 

Anyone who reads crafty/crochet blogs will no doubt have come across the rather lovely Attic 24 , Lucy who writes it shares a studio with Tracy from Patchwork Chickens another lovely blog, anyway these two very talented ladies held an open studio today in the wonderful town of Skipton.

Their studio is above Coopers Cafe Bar which sells nice strong black coffee and a whole range of very tasty treats! So we stopped for a refuel before heading upstairs to investigate the studio.

Once we got upstairs all I can say is Wow! The whole place is a riot of colour and creativity…it was also a bit strange seeing all the wonderful projects I’ve followed Lucy’s progress on in ‘real life’ if you know what I mean! 

 

Sadly we didn’t get to chat with Tracy, but Lucy was incredibly welcoming and friendly, she chatted about her projects and her yarn and her gorgeous baby cashmerino ripple blanket…which I have to admit I wanted to grab, wrap around me and run away with! 

 

After we left the studio we decided to investigate Skipton, the weather was nice and we were in a town we didn’t know so there was no other option but to explore! 

We bought ice cream from a boat on the canal! 

 

We wandered through the market looking at stalls and in shop windows.

 

We had a delicious lunch at a brilliant little vegetarian restaurant called ‘Wild Oats Cafe’.

Then we wandered slowly back through the town, promising each other we’d be back soon to explore further.

Two trains later and we were back in Barnsley.

Em xx 

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch

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Friday has always been our weekly Stitch ‘n’ Bitch day, we’ve had loads of different venues but almost always managed to get to get together for coffee and crochet! 

Today’s big difference was that Evie is now part of the group, she brought along a new craft project to work on and only put it down when she had some toast.

I’m working on a poncho for a baby, I sometimes have a craft stall at a local coffee morning and I need some new things to sell on it.

 

My Blue Poncho.


 

DKia is crocheting a pink striped blanket that we’ve christened ’50 Shades of Pink’ because she’s used at least 50 different pink yarns on it so far.

 

50 Shades of Pink.


 

Evie started embroidering a design from one of her endless computer games, she drew it freehand first, then started to fill it in with colourful stitches.

 

Evie’s Embroidery.


 

We also drank lots of the delicious coffee that they serve at Corner Cafe! 

That’s all for today, a short and sweet post, we are going to visit a fellow blogger tomorrow at her open studio! 

Em xx  

Lunch Time Laughs.

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Our middle daughter Mica lives and works in Cheltenham so we don’t see anywhere near enough of her, but she’s been home for a visit this week.

As she was leaving to go home this afternoon we decided to go for lunch at the cafe in our village. Corner Cafe is the little cafe just a few minutes walk from our home, the owners Bev and Dean are really friendly and always willing to accommodate the endless strange requests we make with our orders! 

 

Corner Cafe in Darton.


 

And we are a fussy bunch, in our extended family we are almost all vegetarian, some are vegan and one is a raw vegan! Then we’ve got a coeliac and a couple who want milk in their drinks, but only non dairy milk and as I had a gastric bypass last year, I only eat teeny tiny meals, which again they are happy to make for me.

Luckily for us Corner Cafe sell great food, salads, soup, panninis, breakfasts in both meat eating and meat free varieties, the most delicious ice cream ever and loads of lovely looking cakes. But most importantly of all they sell bloody good coffee, I hate to eat anywhere where the coffee is rubbish, ( there is a notable exception to this that I’ll write about another time).

Anyway what was going to be a quiet lunch for the five of us turned into a riotous lunch for 12 of us! 


Kia and Lola.



We had to put two tables together and squeeze around them, we were loud and there was lots of laughter and shouting up and down the table, for some reason everyone was showing off their whistling skills or lack of them in some cases…like erm…me! 


Whistling!



I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet I’m an avid hooker and managed to fit a few rounds of my latest project in whilst I was waiting for everyone to arrive! 


Yay! Crochet.



Mica left just after half past 2 with me promising to go to Cheltenham as soon as I can to visit her there, so hopefully I’ll get a couple of nice sunny days down there with her.

Em x