Saturday, May 26, 2007

Fair Isle Prep!

The Fair Isle in the title is the place, not the knitting technique!!
Though I would like to have a go at fairisle, perhaps I could learn while we are actually there! That would be brill !

Its only a week before we start out on our adventure, though Acrylik and I don't actually fly until June the 7th I think it is!

I am so so excited already and the packing has started in earnest. You know what I mean, clothes that have been laundered are squirrelled away in a, usually vain, attempt not to have to wash them again before you go! Does anyone else buy new knickers for their holidays? My Gran always told us to wear decent underwear if we were going out, in case we were in an accident and had to go to hospital! I think the new knickers for holidays,may be a subconscious leftover of my Grans wisdom!

The packing is a bit more complex this time, as I have to pack a case for myself and Ian and also a case for myself for Fair Isle. Add to this the fact that I think we take as much stuff for the dogs as we do for ourselves, it all adds up to lots of packing, and lots of lists! Lots and lots of lists!

This is a photo of Burkle croft where Carrie Anne and I will be staying on Fair Isle.



Hopefully the weather will be as good as it is in the picture! The croft also has its own small flock of sheep, which will be sheared while we are there and we can have a go too!! Though I don't think I could inflict one of my haircuts on a poor sheep, I wouldn't complain if its coat found its way back home in my suitcase!!

In preparation for our fibre retreat, Carrie Anne spent an afternoon getting to grips with my spinning wheel! Now I know she'll disagree, but she picked it up really quickly! Treadling the wheel(or whatever its called!), seemed to come really naturally to her, she was flying!


I'm not sure what knitting to take on my hols. There'll definitely be a pair of socks in the bag and I'd like to take some lace too, but I can't decide on a pattern ! Too much choice, I think!! I do have an ever increasing lace stash, which needs to be attacked, preferably before Woolfest so I can buy some more!!
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post, I so love to read your comments. The meme brought some really interesting comments, so keep up the good work!! And I'll see you all in a few weeks!

19 comments:

Auntie Noo said...

oooh it'll be so wonderful. I do hope the weather is quite kind, and you get to enjoy the landscape as well as the fibrescape!!!

have loads of fun, and take plenty of piccies!!

Seahorse said...

Ooh, I've been gnawing my needles in envious frustration ever since CA first mentioned this trip, LOL! What a fabulous trip, I'd say 'have a great time' but I can't see any possibility of anything else! I hope you'll share pics and stories when you get back!

Kath said...

Wow - what a fantastic looking place! I hope you have good weather whilst you're there and both have a whale of a time. Just think by the time you get home you'll have just enought time to draw breath before setting off to WoolFest - should we rename June as Woolmonth for you?! Enjoy and I look forward to reading your report!

Sarah said...

Can't believe it's nearly time already. Can't wait to hear all about it.

ferg said...

Pangs of envy as I read your post. It should be so good!
Hav a great time,
Cheers Gillian

Curly Cable said...

Oooh, the croft that you'll be staying looks a lovely place, hope the weather is nice. look forward to seeing your pics! I usually buy new knickers for holidays too, they are always so much easier to pack and less likely to get forgotton lol. Have a super holiday!

Silvia said...

Oh I am sooo Jealous. You 2 will have sooo much fun. And you will learn so much have a good time (I already know you will.
(Yes i also buy new knickers everytime I go away!!!)

Fibrespace said...

What a great idea for a holiday, hope you have a fantastic time.

Helen said...

Sounds like you are going to have fantastic time! Hope the weather is nice for you.

Artis-Anne said...

Oh that has come around quick , where does the time go LOL . I bet you will have a brillinat time. We too will be up Scotland from the 11th June and end up at Woolfest !!
LOL I had to laugh at the 'knickers' tale my Mun used to say just the same thing.
I too hate the endless list of things to do before we go away and yes it does take just as long to get the dogs stuff as well

acrylik said...

I am really struggling with my packing, as usual I want to be prepared for every eventuality! See you soon xx

Kendra said...

I'd forgotten you were going to Fair Isle. How brilliant. I bet you have a brilliant time. I can't wait to hear all about.

nanatoo said...

Have a fantastic time, more or less guaranteed I'd say :D Ooh,look at the little croft, it's so gorgeous!

Daisy said...

Looks like you'll have a wonderful time! My Mum does just that thing with the knickers - when I got stuck in London on July 7th all she was worried about was whether I had clean underwear, never mind about being alive!

Piglottie said...

Your holiday sounds amazing, and the croft picture is idyllic! Not jealous, no, not at all. Well done Carrie Anne on the spinning - it isn't the easiest thing to get to grips with :)

Rain said...

Ha ha,I buy new knickers for holidays too - also for the 'you might get hit by a bus' scenario.

I'm really looking forward to hearing about your trip. The plans sound amazing and I hope you have a fantastic time.

InkyArtitude said...

I don't know about getting hit by a bus, about the only thing that's going to get you up there may be an over frisky ram. But do look out for the odd Bull, you never know. Have a really great time, enjoy the knitting and relax.

dreamcatcher said...

Have a great time, the croft looks lovely! Looking forward to pics from both of you :-)

RoxyKnits said...

Have a wonderful trip. It looks amazing ;)

My DH is quite peculiar about undies and wouldn't ever let me have non matching sets. I certainly don't mind, he buys them for me ;)