Pom-poms and Circumstance!

Armed with all the riotous of a stash collection, he Yankee Yarners set up a stall at the Farnstock Festival last Saturday, July 22nd. The objective was to make Pompoms with kids, mums and dads who attended the event.  These pom poms were then sewn on to a huge Farnstock sign. We want to thank ALL the participants who came over and visited us at the stall!

 

Cheers!!!

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Making News. Making Poppies

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This will be a short post. Basically, we are becoming rather engaged doing the knitting and the crocheting and the fundraising…

Basically, here are the haps. In November, the Mansfield District Council will create an awesome display of knitted and crocheted poppies to for Remembrance Day to honour those who gave their lives serving their country.

They are asking for help from the public in the form of knitting or crocheting poppies and sending them to us at Yankee Yarns or for the public to sponsor a poppy and pay a donation to help raise money for the Royal British Legion. The recommended donation will be £1 per participant.

We are also planning other functions but I cannot give away too much…. YET!

Spoilers!

 

Knit-Talkers- Cryptanalysts Of Yarn

Ok. So it is not that we are breaking codes at Bletchley Park penetrating the secret communications of the Axis Powers huddled up in the cold

Nor are we making sure the Marines could take Iwo Jima with Code Talking. But boy do we know how to crack codes!

Novices and Non-Knitting/crochet folk often look upon patterns with a mixture of fear and awe. There are abbreviations, symbols and charts all thrown together in some kind of alchemy to create gold out of a sheep.

It is not only the novices that get the fear when they look at a pattern. Recently, I seemed to stumble at each step of the Cherry Lace Shawl pattern we did in the recent workshop at Yankee Yarns! In an effort to make progress and understand the pattern, I enlisted the aid of one of our talented regulars, Angela.

“So,sloppy, purl, normal,normal, sloppy, purl, tight…”coached Angela in my attempt to read the chart before me and keep track of my stitches. I agree, it is an unconventional and slightly controversial approach. But we were dealing with a complicated lace design and sometimes it just comes down to this… ANARCHY.

We do need to consider, besides the runic feel of the abbreviations, how we seem to “wrap and turn” our heads around the slang we acquire along the way from other knitters, You Tubers, Ravelry and blogs. There is a brilliant list of this on Stitch & Unwind. 

We are mostly familiar with handy terms such as WIP and frog. There is also OTN (on the needles) and my favourite one (for all the wrong reasons) UFO aka an abandoned, neglected WIP!  There are some terms I have never encountered like “vanilla”. This is an easy or plain pattern. Another one is the acronym SEX. This means “Stash Enhancement Experience”, which is the act of buying more yarn.

 I need to let you know, the yarnies that attended the Cherry Leaf Shawl cracked the code and cracked on with learning how to block their lace shawls. You will be able to see this soon on the You Tube chanel.

Farnstock, Yarnstock. It’s All Good!

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When the music called… knitting answered.

It’s summertime in Old Blighty. This means it’s all about catching the glorious rays of the sun and releasing your inhibitions as you sway and sing along with a crowd. It’s about enjoying open air concerts with family or sitting outside a tent with friends getting ready to brave another three-hour stand in front of a live band. If the rain comes, it’s about sloshing about in a purple poncho and magical unicorn wellies and making friends with strangers in the queue of the communal commodes. It’s about girls sitting on boys shoulders waving a flag and crowd surfing. It’s about the music festivals! There are over 100 different festivals happening all over the UK. All these festivals feature a myriad of musical musings in a gratuitous amount of genres. The first music festival happened in the 1960s after the triumph of Woodstock in the States, according to Wikipedia.

Imagine my delight to be asked to volunteer at one. Our Fearless Leader Sara asked me if I fancied helping out at an upcoming music festival just 20 minutes away from where we live in Mansfield on the 22nd of July.

“We were there last year, ” she said. “It was so cool!”

Farnstock is an event set up initially as a great way to raise funds for St. Michael’s Primary School in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire. It’s a day out for families to enjoy music, the festival atmosphere, food and drink.

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The Farnstock Twitter is ablaze with hints on all the haps!

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My favourite quote by Justin Hevness in an article in The Nottingham Post in 2014 sums up the general vibe of the event. Hevness said, “(The Festival) came about by a culmination of a mad idea, a fantastic school that needs money-raising for it and a headmaster who knows how to rock!” What’s not to love? Crafty ones that we are, we are on the bill as the Yankee Yarnbombers. We will be there. Come look for us. We will be the ones rocking out, using 12mm needles like drumsticks and throwing psychedelic skeins of light into the crowd…

Most likely, we will be the ones with knitted flowers in our hair and be teaching people how to knit in a tent demurely sipping cider…. and rocking out. (Freeeeeebird!!!!)

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