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Goat-y Adventures in Normandy

Goat evening everyone!

Some may say that I’m a bit animal-mad. ¬†‘Tis true, especially when considering my crafty love of yarn, so what better than a little trip to a Goat Farm on my recent holiday in Normandy?

La Grange au Mohair is based near Bernesq, a few miles west of Bayeux.  Mum and I decided to visit these lovely creatures and were not disappointed!

 

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Above are some of the friends we made, Cheeky Nose and Baby Face McGinty. ¬†They look cute, but really they are megalomaniacs-in-waiting, planning world domination… ¬†Don’t trust them!

Mme Glaise, who runs the farm, was very welcoming and offered a fascinating tour in perfect English (we started off in French but had to relent in the end!)  They keep the goats very well and they are happy to live out their retirements there in peace.

 

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Above is Baa Baa White Goat, a rather talkative personality, as you can see. ¬†She’s a bit of a gossip so make sure you don’t share anything too important with her, otherwise it will be all over the farm by sundown…

Unlike the cheap mohair, scratchy jumpers we all wore in the 80s (oh go on, admit it!) this beautiful yarn is sorted and carded by Mme, and as she explains, the ‘grey’ hair within the mix is the itchy part which is discarded. ¬†The yarn is then sent to the south of France and mixed with silk, spun and dyed. ¬†As well as selling the yarn, Mme makes clothes out of it, unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of these, too busy with my goaty pals!

 

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So, more Normandy adventures to follow over the weekend, and the Etsy shop plans are back on track now I’m feeling a bit brighter!

To finish, here are a few more of the characters I met over this lovely trip! ¬†They’ve definitely had their Goatibix.

 

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Compare and contrast, above left are the demure, reticent female and young goaties, above right and below are the boys.  Leering over the barriers and sticking their goaty noses out for attention.  Quelle surprise!

 

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Happy goating!

 

Lou x

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Poppies and Lace – an Odyssey!

Just in time for this¬†week’s hotly anticipated (ha!) heatwave – I have some time off and am going on a little jaunt with my family.

It’s the first time that Mum, Dad, my brother Alex and I have holidayed together in at least 25 years (and no, I’m not revealing my age!)

I’ll give you a few clues as to where we may be going… ¬†Firstly from Mum’s garden…

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Secondly, I expect to be drinking this (in moderation, mesdames et monsieurs!)

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And thirdly, we shall be staying within a stone’s throw of this beautiful piece of work…

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Answers on a postcard, please to:-

Lou (AKA Chester Bunnynuts)
C/O Bayeux
Calvados
Normandy
La Belle France!

Apart from the lovely markets and the Bayeux Tapestry itself, our trip is as a homage to my uncle, Bill Vernon, who fought in Normandy and helped liberate many of the villages around where we are staying.

I hope to be posting some poignant and interesting photos with help from my brother, who should have been a military historian, such is the breadth and depth of his knowledge of, in particular, the two World Wars (although he seems to know a great deal about most historical conflicts).

Needless to say I will be¬†taking a few projects with me… ¬†More on that later!

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Happy crafting!

Lou x

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Might as well face it, I’m addicted to yarn!

My stash is growing to ridiculous proportions at the moment, and that’s the way (uh-huh uh-huh) I like it. ¬†OK, so enough with the music puns!

I do try to keep a track on my staff¬†on Ravelry, both in terms of trying at at least partially control my excesses (see my previous post on Curb your Woolly Impulses) and in terms of keeping a track of my spending so that I can plan my costings for my forthcoming adventures into¬†Etsy…

But this adage I found on Facebook just about says it all…

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I’m sure like most crafters (especially those knitters and crocheters I have been lucky enough to meet) it is almost impossible to stick to one project at a time. ¬†I need a bit of variety in my crafting life!

I’ve just finished these fingerless gloves, made in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, which I finished with Art Deco-style buttons which I bought at a little market in Normandy. ¬†I’m going back to France in June so am looking forward to finding some more stylish little trinkets like these…

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At the same time I was also working on my Shell Scarf, the first thing I have made¬†for myself… ¬†I’m not 100% thrilled¬†with the way it has turned out, despite following the pattern to the letter, it seems to have been a bit uneven on one edge, so I patched it up a bit.

I have grown to really like the yarn though, Sirdar Americana has certainly grown on me.  It was a bargain-bin buy but looks far more attractive when made up.

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At the same time as all of these I was finishing Mum’s Infinity Scarf…

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and had also made a start on a knitted scarf for my cousin…

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as well as starting on my crocheted design for my Etsy shop. ¬†Up until now I’ve had to rely as a beginner on Ravelry patterns (all copyright-free of course!), but I now feel able to begin designing my own patterns. ¬†This V-Stitch pattern I’ve temporarily named V for Victory is my first attempt. ¬†Although I usually only work in natural fibres with the occasional mix of acrylic, this is 100% acrylic – James C. Brett Marble Chunky – but the colours were absolutely gorgeous, so I couldn’t resist!

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I’m not sure the colours come out so wonderfully in this damp overcast light, but they are the jewel colours which I so admire.

Next weekend I’m off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London. ¬†Of course I will add more to my stash, and more projects to run concurrently and keep my interest, no doubt about that!

I’d be interested to hear about your WIPs – how many can you have ‘on the go’ at any one time?

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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