Monday, 11 April 2016

A crafty weekend away

Last month I was lucky enough to go on a long weekend with some crafty pals! We booked a gorgeous house in the New Forest and met up on the Friday to travel there.  We had a blissful weekend crafting, chatting, eating and shopping. You may know my travelling buddies if you follow any of them on Instagram (@LisaRye and @CoffeeCrazyCrocheter)

Here's our cosy little house -

In-between the knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking - we also dyed some yarn!  Here's how they turned out -

Mine are the 2 on the left, I had so much fun doing these! I really enjoyed doing the purple one as I filled a bowl with the dye, dunked the yarn in and added more dye here and there.  I can't wait to knit both of these up.

I have since bought a few undyed yarn skeins and some dyes, I can't wait to try dyeing some more.

The town we stayed in was Lymington, it was just beautiful, with a lovely little harbour and lots of shops.  We were even lucky enough to catch the Saturday morning market.  There were so many great stalls from bargain fruit and veg to flower and garden stalls.  These blousey blooms caught my eye -

Gutted I could not take any home with me as I was flying!

We had great fun exploring.

There were so many charity shops we even dedicated one afternoon to charity shop shopping!  I got a great selection of books for Joshua. (Ribbons from a market stall.)

The days were mainly spent like this....

...and this.....

You'll see I've taken up sock knitting.  I did plan to do a blog post about this but time really runs away with me now I have yet * another* hobby.

The evenings also looked very similar!

With plenty of foody treats in between crafting sessions.

We opted to do all the cooking ourselves, taking turns to prepare meals and cakes etc.  Lucky there was also an amazing ice cream parlour at the end of the street, of course we sampled a small selection - very yummy.

Here are some more photos of the town, I seemed to be drawn to so many beautiful front doors!

It was great to be away, and to be able to meet up with some friends I've known online for a few years.  We all had such a restful break before returning home to our families (and between the 3 of us we've got 6 children!).