Fibre and cake

(Or, an evening with Susan Crawford hosted by Fibre and Clay).

What a lovely evening, I set of early last night for knit group at Fibre and Clay, excited by the news that Susan Crawford would be there displaying garments from her books A Stitch in Time and Vintage Knitted Gifts, both of which I love. I left the family with a pie – clearly labelled so there could be no mistake:

I was one of the first to arrive, so  managed to get a few shots of Riana’s lovely baking before we got stuck into tea and cake. All were delicious and when I get the recipe for the blueberry tart I  will share photos here. Meanwhile you can drool over these beauties.

Next we were treated to a short introduction from Susan, who told us about her inspirations, her passion for vintage knits and an explanation of her ethos. I could tell you more, but to be honest her blog is a far better place to get to know her. This is typical of what we saw:

Then  a big treat, we got to try on the clothes and find out for ourselves how flattering and comfortable some of the garments are. I doubt I’ll be knitting this any time soon, but the fit was gorgeous and despite looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards next to the glam Susan I did get a few compliments.

If you feel disappointed now that you missed out on meeting Susan, don’t worry. She’s back at Fibre and Clay on Tuesday for another trunk show and book signing. I am sure there will be equally delicious cake too …

And if you can’t make it then, do try and get along to Fibre and Clay next time you are looking for yarn or inspiration. It’s not just a yarn store, it’s a thriving community of yarn crafters of all ages and abilities who meet at the twice weekly knit gatherings or at the regular Saturday workshops. or, you can visit their online store where you will be sure of a warm welcome and all the help you need.

For now, I’m off to see what was left of the pie.

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