The Bothered Owl

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Give away August 12, 2011

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Hey guys, just sneakily popping back in to put in a plug for a charity give away I’m doing over on my new blog:

Lots of yarn up for grabs, please check it out.




Ready, Steady, Sew June 20, 2011

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I thought that I would share this photo that I just took of my sewing pile for Knit Nation.

It is only 25 days until Knit Nation.

This will be The Bothered Owl’s last event before Scott and I move back to Australia. We will have as many bags as I can manage to sew before July 15th.

See you there!



London in Stitches June 1, 2011

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For Knit Nation 2011, we have teamed up with Joy of The Knitting Goddess and Anna of OneHandKnits for a very special collaboration.


You can find the details by clicking on the tab in the top right corner, or here

The London in Stitches set


The Create Place May 5, 2011

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The Create Place is a fabulous new project being run in east London (Bethnal Green). It is a space that aims to bring crafters, artists, learners and shoppers together. They run workshops, offer space for people to drop in and learn skills, run craft-based parties and evening functions, and sell hand-crafted items.

When I saw The Create Place calling for crafters to sell in their pop-up shop for Mother’s Day, I knew I had to be involved. I popped along for a chat with Jill, the creative force behind The Create Place. There was a lovely vibe about the place – light, airy, and full of crafty knowledge just bursting to be shared.

As I am selling stuff in the shop, I will also work in the shop as part of the collective idea to keep the place running. I did my first shift there on Monday, and I had a lovely time. The shop was pretty quiet being a Bank Holiday, but I kept myself busy with chatting to another volunteer Andrea, and by wiring lots of Lego.

I’ll be heading back to the shop on May 22nd and 29th. If you’re in the area, swing by and say hello!

Alex 🙂


Wonderwool Wales 2011 April 18, 2011

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The Bothered Owl attended Wonderwool Wales for the very first time this year. Held in Builth Wells, it was the third year that the show had run, and this year was the biggest yet.

The show took place at the Royal Welsh Showground,in a very large shed. We were amazingly lucky with the weather, and had glorious sunshine and blue skies.

Scott and I left for Wales a day early, so we could be tourists. We headed to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It had been on my to see list for a while, and with our hire car, it was an easy detour.

We also checked out Beaumaris Castle, the Menai Strait, and Caernarfon Castle. Scott and I had a lovely time being tourists on our way to Wonderwool Wales. The calm before the storm!

Menai Strait

Caernarfon Castle

Beaumaris Castle

We arrived in Builth Wells after a long drive from Caernarfon in the late afternoon. We unloaded and began to set up.

We had a corner stall

Saturday was a super busy day. We had a lovely day chatting to customers, selling loads of fabric envelopes, bags and of course stitch markers, and enjoying the atmosphere.

Sunday was quieter. We rearranged the layout of the stall so we had the two tables in an L-shape. This seemed to work better. We both wandered around to see what else there was on offer. There was an amazing range of fibre, yarn, and notions on offer. From Manx Loaghtan sheep to Angora bunnies, there really was something for everyone !

Thank you to everyone who came to our stall to shop, to chat and to browse.

And now for some pictures:

Our fruity stitch markers

Yummy stitch markers on our table

Our fimo cake stitch markers

Angora Bunny

Manx Loaghtan sheepies


A new Owlet April 4, 2011

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Just a quick entry to say that Sarah has had her baby.

A boy.

10 pounds 5 ounces and very long.

As yet unnamed.

But super cute!

Alex with Brutus

I arrived home from my visit to Australia yesterday. Sarah had speculated that Brutus would wait for me to arrive back in London before being born. And she was right. I’d been back in the country for just over 12 hours when Sarah rang at 3:45am to say that her waters had broken.

I’ll need to stock up on cuddles from this new little one (and Orlaith and Esme of course) before Scott and I head home to Brisbane.


🙂 Alex


Unravel March 3, 2011

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The weekend of February 26th and 27th saw Scott and I heading to Surrey for the annual wool festival that is Unravel. This was the third year that it was held, and it was the biggest and best yet.

Saturday morning we were up before dawn to be on the first train out of our local station. We are lucky that we can fit everything we need for a two day show into two large suitcases.

We arrived at Farnham Maltings just after 8am to set up our stall. We were guided to the front door by knitted arrows, and other knitting decorations hanging in trees, off fence posts and decorating the lawn outside the building. Even the staff had knitted name badges. This motorcycle caught my eye and was just as you walked into the main entrance.


We had our stall set up on time and ready for the doors to open at 10am.


All set up & ready to go

The weekend was a busy one. Saturday was busier than Sunday.

The lovely thing about doing shows is meeting people who have bought things from you before, people you interact with on Twitter, and people who read your blog. And there are of course those who have never heard about you before.

And now that we’ve done a few of these shows, we have made friends with some of the other vendors too. It’s always good to catch up with them as well.


Martina from Yarn to Knit

Easyknits Stall

Not only do we catch up with people that we have previouslymet, but we also meet new people. In the hotel we were staying in on the Saturday night, while we were ordering a cab at breakfast, Michelle and Rob Green offered to give us a lift to Farnham Maltings. Talking to them over breakfast we found out that this was their first yarn show. We really appreciated the lift and they were really interesting to chat to as they do a lot more than just yarn.

Not only did they have a lovely stall but Michelle won best in show with this amazing crocheted tea cosy. The other items in the room were all lovely and made with such care and expertise. If you click on the photos you will get a larger image and will be able to appreciate the detail. The theme is Temptation – Eve is tempting Adam with a cup of tea!

At this show we unveiled a range of new stitch markers made of fimo which look like food – cake, fruit, cookies etc – and these were a big hit. Lots of people picked them up and gave us lots of compliments.

We also decided to have a tray with the crochet markers. This show we were organised enough to have these labelled, and this made a significant difference to the number of people looking at them. At our next show Wonderwool Wales we will have a similar tray or two well labelled and also another one for sock/lace markers which will have smaller rings for thinner needles.

Hope to see you at Wonderwool Wales.