Saturday, 27 June 2015

Mini Worshops update

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There are a total of 24 Knit 1 Bike 1 mini workshops or events between 29th June and 5th September.  Some are private some are public.  It would be lovely to see you if you fancy coming along and booking details are stated for those that are open to all.

Knit 1 Bike 1 FREE mini courses available for booking
Burns Cottage Alloway Tues 29th June 2015 2-4pm. Knitting and crochet - bring your stuck projects, learn about finishing techniques for knitting and crochet or bring your questions.
Arran Guild of Weavers,Spinner & Dyers Friday 3rd July 10.30-12.30.  Session for members Lochranza.  
Kilmartin Museum Mon 6th July 2-4. Knitting and crochet trouble shooting clinic as above. Contact the Museum to book or contact Janet

Woolly Wednesdays workshop Tobermory, Mull Weds 8th July. Closed group.

Mini workshop Loch Don Mull Thurs 9th July. Contact Liz

Mini workshop Mallaig knitting group Tuesday 14th July.

Workshop AM and share session PM Heartfelt By Liz Dalmally Fri 17th July. Contact to book.

Talk/workshop Handspinner Having Fun, Skye Monday 20th July. Contact or Janet for info.

 Meet up with Cyclists at Dingwall cycling event Sunday 26th July. 
If you are there as part of the cycling event that weekend I would love to meet up for breakfast or lunch!
Informal visit to Appletree Man Bankfoot near Perth.  Stay Bankfoot.
Birnam Institute near Dunkeld Sun 2nd August 2-4.
Knitting and crochet Q&A, hints n tips, learn handy finishing techniques workshop  come with questions or Janet will show you some techniques that are useful. Contact to book. 
Fluph Yarn Shop Dundee Monday 3rd Aug 7-9. Knit 1 Bike 1 talk and knit a and natter. Contact Fluph to book 01382690190
New Lanark Heritage Centre Tues 11th August 2-4. Knitting and crochet - finishing techniques and help with stuck projects/UFOs.
Broughton Spinners Gathering Sat 15th August. Janet will have a wee table at the Gathering and will tell people about her travels.
Edinburgh Monday 17th August. workshop for friends and others who know me. At private house. If you want to attend get in touch with me.
Penicuik Arts Centre Tues 18th August 7-9. Talk re the Knit 1 Bike 1 trip. Contact or Janet to book.
Haddington Spinners mini workshop Thurs 20th Aug.   Long draw spinning. Closed group. 
 Innerwick Sat 22nd Aug. Closed workshop. Knitting with multi coloured yarns. 
Mon 24th Aug Woolfish St Abbs. Knitting and crochet mini workshop/talk. Contact or Janet to book. 
Fri 28th August Borders Textile Museum 4-6. Talk etc for knit and stitch group. contact them for info.
Mon 31st Aug  2-4 Workshop Blue Moon Craft Shop & Cafe Langholm.  Knitting & Crochet trouble shooting clinic and Q&A session.  Stuck projects & UFOs welcome!
Tues 1st Sept Kirtlebridge. Private workshop. 
Thur 3rd Sept Private workshop Castle Douglas.
Fri 4th Sept. Homecoming event at Hawkrigg camping and caravan site near Carsphairn. 
Sat 5th Sept Janet arrives home.

Updated Itinerary

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Depart Mon 29th June 2015 
Day 1 – Mon 29th June    leave 29 Dalton Avenue Dalmellington KA67QR East Ayrshire.  Ayrshire Post photo call.  Cycle to Ayr.  (South Ayrshire). Talk/workshop at Burns Cottage, Alloway 2-4pm.  Janice Forsyth Show Radio Scotland. 
Stay with Lyn, Ayr.  15 miles

Day 2 – Tue30th June       Train to Ardrossan. Knit n natter on ferry with Sainsbury’s Sock Group.  Cycle to Kildonan.  Camp Kildonan.  Total 19 miles. 
Day 3 – Wed1st July         Stay Kildonan Arran.  (North Ayrshire) 

Day 4 – Thur 2nd July        Cycle Kildonan to Lochranza 30 miles.  Stay Lochranza.

Day 5 – Fri 3rd July            workshop Arran Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers  10.30 - 12.30.  Stay Lochranza.
Day 6 – Sat 4th July           Ferry Lochranza to Claonaig, Mull of Kintyre.  Cycle to Lochgilphead.  24 miles.  Stay Lochgilphead caravan site Lochgilphead.

Day 7 – Sun 5th July          Stay Lochgilphead as above. 

Day 8 – Mon 6th July        Cycle Lochgilphead to Kilmartin.  (Argyll & Bute)  11 miles.  Mini workshop knitting/crochet tips and UFOs Kilmartin Museum 2-4.  Open workshop to book: 01546 510278.  Knitting and crochet clinic.  Stay Kilmartin. 

Day 9 – Tue 7th July          Cycle/bus A816 Kilmartin to Oban 29 miles. 
Stay Roseview caravan site Oban.  Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller.

Day 10- Wed 8th July        Ferry to Mull.  Cycle to Tobermory 21 miles.   Camp Tobermory.  
                                Mini workshop evening 7-9 Woolly Wednesdays An Tobar Centre and cafe. Spindling for beginners.

Day 11 – Thu 9th July        Cycle Tobermory  to Loch Don 24 miles. Open Workshop Loch Don.  To Book contact

Day 12 – Fri 10th July        cycle/bus Loch Don to Craignure 2 miles.  Ferry  Craignure to Oban.  Stay Oban.  
Day 13 Sat 11th July          Oban to Fort William 45 miles.  Citylink bus Oban to Ballachulish. Cycle 15 miles Ballachulish to Fort William. Stay Fort William.

Day 14 Sun 12th July         Train Fort William to Glenfinnan.  Cycle Glenfinnan to Lochailort  9.5 miles.  Stay Lochailort. 
Day 15 Mon13th Jul          Stay Lochailort.  Provisional informal visit to Alison Durbin Wildwood arts.

Day 16   Tues 14thJul        Mini workshop for knitting group Mallaig 7.30-9.30

Day17- Wed 15thJul          Cycle Lochailort to Fort William 26 miles. 
Stay Glen Nevis camp site Fort William. 

Day 18 Thurs 16th July     Train Fort William to Upper Tyndrum.
Cycle Tyndrum to Dalmally 12.5 miles.   

Day 19  - Fri 17th July        Drop by and fibre share etc at Dalmally as desired.  Contact Heartfelt By Liz to book.  01838 200934

Day 20   -Sat  18th July      Train Dalmally – Mallaig.   (Change at Lower Tyndrum, cycle to Upper
Tyndrum then on to Mallaig.)
Camp Armadale   

Day  21  Sun 19th July       Cycle Armadale to Broadford 16 miles. Stay Broadford Skye.  Ashaig site,

Day 22  20th  July Mon     Open workshop  2-4 - Handspinner, Old Pier Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye, Continental knitting and knitting and crochet problem solving and question session.  Bring your stuck projects!  To Book 01471 822 876 Broadford.  Stay Broadford.
Day 23  21st July Tue        Cycle  Broadford - Portree 26 miles Or Broadford to Sligachan 15.5 miles.  Bus to Uig Citylink.   Camp Uig Bay Campsite
Day 24 - 22nd July Wed    Ferry Uig to Tarbert on Harris.  Dep 14.00 Arr 15.40.  Cycle Tarbert to Horgabost 12 miles.  Camp Horgabost. 

Day 25 – 23rd July Thur   Bus part way to Stornoway.  Cycle rest. 

Day 26 – 24th July Fri.       Ferry Stornoway to Ullapool.  Camp Ullapool.  Stay Bromfield Holiday Park Ullapool.  Meet up with AnnMarie. 
Day 27 – Sat 25th July       Bus Ullapool Harbour – Garve.  Cycle 13.5 miles (mostly downhill) Garve to Dingwall.
Stay Dingwall Campsite.    
Day 28 – Sun 26th July     Meet with cyclists on road event Dingwall breakfast and/or lunch.  Cycle Dingwall to Inverness.   15 miles. Stay Inverness Bught campsite. 
Day 29   - Mon 27th July
Train Inverness to Aviemore. Stay Rothiemurchus Camp site.
Day 30  Tues 28th Jul   Aviemore to Newtonmore. 16 miles.  Stay Speybridge campsite Newtonmore.
Day 31 – 29th July              Open mini workshop Highland Folk Museum 2-4 Newtonmore Stranded colour work.  To Book: Graham Cross 01540 673551  stay Newtonmore. 

Day 32 – 30th July              Newtonmore to Blair Atholl Perth  & Kinross.  Route 7.  34 miles. Blair Castle caravan park.
Day 33 – 31st July              Cycle Blair Atholl to Bankfoot 25 miles.  Visit Appletree Man organic fruit nursery Bankfoot.
Day 34 – 1st Aug Sat         Day off.   stay Bankfoot.

Day 35 – 2nd Aug Sun       Open workshop/ talk Birnam institute Dunkeld 2-4 .  Knitting and crochet tips, hints & troubleshooting.  UFOs & stuck projects welcome.  Cycle both ways 12 mls  To Book:  Tel: 01350 727674
Day 36 – 3rd Aug Mon     Bankfoot to Dundee.  26 miles. Stay Dundee.                                                  Open mini workshop Fluff knitting shop evening 7-9 talk then drop in knit and natter.       164 Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PQ       For details: 01382 690190
Day 37 – 4th August          Cycle Dundee to Abernethy 20.5 miles.

Day 38 – 5th Aug Wed     Cycle Abernethy to Kinross.     12.5 miles. 

Day 39 – 6th Aug Thur      stay Kinross.    Offer knitting session and talk. Venue needed.

Day 40 – 7th Aug Fri          Kinross to Stirling.  26+ miles.   Stay with Mary in Stirling.

Day 41 – 8th Aug Sat         Train Stirling to Glasgow.  33 miles. Cycle Glasgow to Paisley 9.5 miles.

Day 42 – 9th Aug Sun       Stay Paisley  blog and crochet/knit.  Offer mini workshop/talk Paisley.  Venue needed.

Day 43 – 10th Aug Mon   Cycle Paisley to Glasgow 9.5 miles.  Train Glasgow to Lanark.  Cycle to Kirkfieldbank 3.5 miles.  OR train to Glasgow and cycle 30 miles to New Lanark.  Stay Kirkfieldbank caravan site. 

Day 44 – 11th Aug Tues   Cycle Kirkfieldbank – New Lanark 3.5 miles. 
Open Workshop New Lanark 2-4.  Finishing and UFOs.  To Book: Tel 01555 661345.  Stay Kirkfieldbank caravan site.  

Day 45 – 12th Aug Wed   Cycle New Lanark to Biggar.  14 miles.  Rendezvous with Lee Renouf-Miller.

Day 46 – 13th Aug Thur   Time off knit, crochet, blog Biggar.

Day 47  - 14th Aug  Fri       Time off knit, crochet, blog Biggar.

Day 48  - 15th Aug Sat      Attend Broughton spinners Gathering.   Stay campsite Broughton. 

Day 49 – 16th  Aug Sun    Broughton to Colinton Edinburgh.  27 miles.

Day 50 17th Aug Mon       Stay Colinton.  (Edinburgh City)  Mini workshop Edinburgh Victoria’s house. 

Day 51 – 18th Aug Tue     Cycle Colinton to Penicuik 10 miles.  (Midlothian).  
Open talk re trip Penicuik Arts Centre 7-9.  Stay Penicuik, EH26 9JE.  Contact

Day 52 – 19th Aug Wed   Penicuik to Haddington  22 miles.  Stay Haddington. 

Day 53 – 20th Aug Thur   Workshop Haddington Spinners.  Long and extended draw.  Stay

Day 54 – 21st Aug Fri        Haddington to Innerwick.  Stay at Innerwick.  16 miles.

Day 55 22nd Aug Sat         Open workshop Innerwick 2-4.  Knitting with multi coloured yarns. Stay Innerwick. 

Day 56 – 23rd Aug Sun       Innerwick to St Abbs.  Stay Woolfish St Abbs.  16 miles.

Day 57 – 24th Aug Mon   Open talk/workshop Woolfish St Abbs.  Stay St Abbs.

Day 58 – 25th Aug Tue     St Abbs to Coldstream.  Stay Coldstream.  28 miles.

Day 59 – 26th Aug Wed   Coldstream to Kelso.  Stay Kelso.  12 miles.  

Day 60 – 27th Aug Thur   Kelso to Hawick 22 miles   Stay Hawick. 

Day 61 – 28th Aug Fri        Open workshop/talk at Borders Textile Tower House Hawick 4-6pm.   Contact   Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN.  camp Horns Hole Hawick. 

Day 62 – 29th Aug Sat      Stay Hawick.  Crochet and knit.

Day 63 – 30th Aug              Sun Cycle Hawick to Langholm.  23 miles. 

Day 64 – 31st Aug Mon   Open workshop Blue Moon Langholm 2-4.  Stay Langholm.   (Dumfries & Galloway)

Day 65 – 1st Sept Tue      Cycle Langholm to Kirtlebridge 15 miles.  Mini workshop Kirtlebridge - evening.

Day 66 – 2nd Sept Wed   Kirtlebridge to Dumfries.  24 miles.  Stay Dumfries.

Day 67 – 3rd Sept Thur    Dumfries to Castle Douglas.  16 miles.  Stay Castle Douglas.

Day 68 – 4th Sept Fri         Castle Douglas to New Galloway. 14 miles.  Stay Hawkrigg campsite. Evening homecoming gathering Hawkrigg campsite.

Day 69 – 5th Sept Sat       New Galloway – HOME 14 miles.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Four days to go - Radio Scotland and having a rest...

Four days to go till I set off.  It looks like there will be some publicity out there soon so watch this space...The Ayrshire Post and Radio Scotland are both interested and hopefully I will have contact with both on Monday - the day I set off.  Probably the Janice Forsyth Show on Radio Scotland Tues 30th July at 2pm...

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Meanwhile I am still deciding what not to take with me and the pile of stuff keeps on growing and then shrinking again.  The yarn is all ready to go and is the most important thing though!

Been working on the Isle of Mull Ferry today - doing the funnel now.  Just hope the real ferries are running okay on Tuesday and all the other days I will be using them, although I can understand the workers' concerns of course.

Isle of Mull Ferry in progress

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Countdown - 5 days to go; Dalmellington to Prestwick ride & more...

Yesterday I cycled 36 miles, Dalmellington to Prestwick and back again.  Only 5 days to go until I set off for real.  The back wheel of the bike is now fixed and the new hub had begun to quieten down, following a rather loud rattle to begin with.  It is still making my knees a bit stiff but it's probably because the gearing is different, it being a Sturmey Archer hub - the last one was a 13 year old SRAM. 

36 miles is rather further than I choose to go but it is just a little bit more than the most I will need to cycle on Knit 1 Bike 1.  (Day 32, 30th July 34 miles Newtonmore to Blair Atholl).  I have done hills, cycling to New Cumnock, done the distance, practised camping cycled with the weight and had a mock pack up - though I need to do that again.

Have still got a rather alarming amount to do on the route planning - the devil is in the detail, such as the ferry I want only goes on Wednesdays...but I am halfway through the more detailed work on it.

New bench at Patna - a rest on the way home.
Putting the new tent up- 700g but with new pegs and a groundsheet protector it is 1.2kg still good.  Old one was 3kg!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bike problems sorted (probably!)

Thought all was ready in the bike department a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to put the new tyres on the bike.  Having learned the knack of how to get the tyres on the 12" Brompton wheels, I realised the back rim was worn.  Two weeks later I have a new back wheel and the bike has been back up to Dales Cycles for a check up due to the hub gears being so noisy.  Takes time to bed in apparently but it is a bit like being on a train...

changing the tyres...

Saturday, 13 June 2015

What more does a girl need?

Just practising for knit1 bike 1 in the lakes this week. Ferry ambleside to windermere then cycle loop to kendal. Chips for lunch and I've got my knitting with me! Well I am on a spinning retreat with friends from dumfries guild so at least I will have something to show for it!
knitting is more toe up socks using cotton and Elastine sock yarn - great cos it goes in the washing machine and does not go stiff and baggy like 100% cotton ones.