Sunday, 14 September 2008

Osnabrück Nadel und Faden Fair

I went to Osnabrück for the craft fair again this year.

I love Osnabrück, this is the second time I have been there, and it is so peaceful (on reflection maybe it is so peaceful, because I am by myself).

I had a great couple of days at the craft fair, and enjoyed looking around and talking to other crafty people!

I bought some gorgeous fabrics and yarn for some future projects. There were some interesting quilts on display, mainly art quilts for wall hangings.

Osnabrück is a town that had a large wall around it (some of it still exists). The cobbled streets and building are lovely to wander around.

After the craft show, I went into town to have a look around and get something to eat. All along the footpaths, people were sitting on garden/outdoor chairs. I was a bit confused by it all, but thought perhaps later on there was going to be a concert or something.

I went back to the hotel, and after 9pm, I went back out to see what was happening.

An enormous Trödelmarkt. Flea/Second hand market. The Trödelmarkt was an all night, family friendly event. Start at 9pm, and went all through Saturday night and all day Sunday.

People were claiming their places during the day with their seats, but they were not allowed to bring their tables and stuff to sell until after 8.30pm.

So, no concert. Howver it was interesting to see what people were selling and what other people were buying. There were 2 spinning wheels that perhaps I would have looked at a bit closer, if I didn't have to carry it on a train back to Berlin.

The "die hard" buyers had their torches, as it got dark they would use the torches to look over the tables to make sure they didn't miss any bargains!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Peacock Feathers Shawl progress

pattern by Dorothy Siemens

currently up to Chart 4, and it is the first shawl, and first lace project I have ever done.

I can only manage to do about 4 rows in one sitting. I am scared I will make a big mistake in the pattern, and this yarn doesn't frog well at all!!!