I crocheted a baby hat on the way down for a friend who is having a little girl in the new year. Crochet is quite good to do on the train as you don't need much - one ball of wool and one hook! And of course if you haven't got much 'elbow room' it doesn't matter too much. The other hat in this picture I crocheted while there.
I had one woven style bracelet to do on the train on the way down for my nephew. I had just finished it as we were coming into Newcastle. A lady sitting behind me was obviously watching and she asked if she could buy it! Unfortunately it was for a gift and I was worried that I might not have had time to make another one - and couldn't turn up at my brother's with one gift short! So had to decline. Gave her one of my cards though so maybe she will order one.
Gifts - well I mad bracelets for my brother, 2 nieces and said nephew and they liked them.
Thursday I went to the Beaderie. What a great shop and the girl there Sally was just so lovely and very helpful. Spent ages chatting to her and looking at the amazing beads they have. The shop is set out really well with all the beads displayed grouped by colour so it is so easy to shop. I bought lots of things - had to drag myself away from the purple section!
I was a fairly long walk to the shop from where I was staying, however its never bad walking in new places and where there are lots of things to look at en-route.
Friday morning it was raining! However by lunchtime it had stopped and the sky was blue so had another walk to the Beaderie and bought a few more things as I knew it would be the last time this visit I'd be there. Anyone in the Cambridge area should drop in - its really worth the visit. They should be starting an on-line shop in the new year too.
As if the excitement of the Beaderie wasn't enough, discovered that a new Hobbycraft store was opening on the Saturday and that it was close to where I was staying. So we (minus the children - I should say teenagers) headed there on the Saturday around lunchtime. What a great store too! It would be great to live in Cambridge, there are so many places to get things and also lots of craft fairs. On Sunday we went to the market in town which is a craft market on a Sunday. Was lovely to wander round the stalls.
When I wasn't out buying supplies, I was making things -
Before I knew it, it was Monday and time to travel back. Not so many train changes this time - only Peterborough and Edinburgh. I got going with some squares which I am going to make into a blanket for said friend's forthcoming arrival. Managed quite a few on the way home!
Really enjoyed my trip away. It is so nice to spend time with family who you don't see in person too often. Back to reality tomorrow though when I return to work.