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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fabulous Jersey

I've just got back from a fabulous trip to Jersey. For those who don't know, Jersey is a small island in the English Channel, just off the coast of France. We stayed in the small sea-side village of St Aubin. We arrived in Jersey early last Wednesday and we had the whole day to explore. It was a bit wet and murky so we caught the bus across to the north of the island, then back to St Hellier which is the main town. We looked around a few shops before we went to the Jersey Museum which was really interesting.

St Aubin

The next day it was dry and we hired bikes for the day. First we cycled out to the Corbiere light house (below). When the tide is out, you can walk out to the light house. 

Unfortunately the tide was in when we got there so we cycled back to St Aubin, then continued along the coast to St Hellier (see the photo below). 

St Aubin's Bay is a wide bay between St Aubin and St Hellier

After a beak in St Hellier, we continued along the south coast of Jersey before turning and cycling back to St Aubin.

The harbour area in St Hellier

One of the beaches we cycled along

We started every day in the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin with a breakfast with a view (see below). This was also where I taught workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Before my first workshop on Friday, I visited Imogen from Fig Tree Yarns. I got to look around her beautiful music/yarn studio and meet a few of the knitters from her knitting group.

Fig Tree Yarns stock North American yarns and has a beautiful selection of luxurious yarns on offer. I love how Imogen's piano is used as a ball winding station.

A selection of Fig Tree's yarns

I recently designed the Portelet shawl for Fig Tree Yarns which will be released soon. I loved seeing it displayed on the staircase in the studio.

I brought a few goodies home with me. The pink skein at the top is Anzula and the mini skein pack is from Lornas Laces. I also got some Hiya Hiya Sharps circular needles to try. I've only knitted with them for a few minutes so far and I quite like them. Imogen gave me a copy of Selvedge magazine which is a beautiful textile magazine and a pair of Hiya Hiya snips.

My workshops went really well and were organised by Hazel of Entrelac Yarns at the Harbour Gallery. Hazel has a cozy little yarn shop at the gallery and has a good selection of quality but affordable yarns.

Entrelac Yarns at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin (above and below)

Of course I was tempted by a few beautiful things. I got some pink string which came on an old wooden bobbin with a pair of bonsai scissors tucked in the top. I also got some Fripperies and Bibelots stitch markers and some Soak wool wash. If I'd had more luggage space I would have bought more.

I taught four half day workshops which included Continental Knitting, Knitting in the round, Fair Isle Knitting and Steeking.

The ladies who attended were all lovely and the steeking ladies agreed that cutting your knitting is not as scary as it sounds.

On Monday we only had to leave for the airport after lunch so we spent the morning looking around the shops in St Hellier for a couple of hours then had a beach cafe lunch in St Aubin.

I feel so fortunate that my knitting career takes me to so many beautiful places and Jersey was magical. It rained the first day, was overcast the second day and after that we had glorious sunshine.

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