(Please sing the title of this blog post to the tune, "have yourself a merry little christmas." ;)
The entire reason for me going to Wales in the first place was to celebrate Emily's 40th birthday. So on a designated Saturday in January we loaded two cars with a gagle of fiber loving women and headed to a great little shop called Fiber & Clay.
After settling down with a cup of either coffee or tea, we got right down to learning the wonderful craft of crochet.
We were so fortunate to have Sarah Hazell , the crochet goddess from Rowan yarns, come and teach us a class in crochet. I had always wanted to learn how to crochet and now I can. Many thanks to Sarah's help. She came equipped with this neat little book which teaches left handers like myself the fine art of crochet and granny square construction.
Dividing into groups of have and have nots, i.e. have crocheted/ have not crocheted, we began immediately.
All of this creating worked up a very large appetite and so we went to this cute little restaurant just behind Fiber & Clay. It was also a small museum holding quite an incredible collection of Farthings.
What's a farthing you ask? It's one of those very large bicycles with a large wheel in front and a small wheel in the back.
We couldn't very well have a birthday party without cake. Emma made cupcakes to celebrate the occasion. This might surprise some of you, but cupcakes are a very new and unique thing in Wales and England. They were so very tasty and the icing was so very good. I enjoyed watching others enjoy the cuteness of these little cakes and allowed me to put cupcakes back up on the adored pedestal they belong on.
And here's the promised photo of our birthday girl. To read more about the festivites, head on over to Emily's or to Fiber and Clay. Many thanks to Emily for a wonderful day, to Emma for the great cupcakes, and to Sarah who has so happily taught me how to crochet. I've already got a granny square festival going on. Back tomorrow with a real life tale of wearing the gauntlet.