Sunday, 16 February 2014

Meadowgate 6 - Knit Club Holiday in Devon

We're here!  I don't like to name-drop but I am writing this post from the living room at Kirstie Allsopp's 'Handmade Home'.  Ha!  It's my third time here but it still strikes me as weird that I am spending the week in a house I watched Kirstie renovate on the telly.

Lisa and I travelled down together yesterday and, despite the awful weather on Friday, we had a really good run.  No traffic jams, no storms and no diversions (that's our return journey jinxed then!). 

Last night we sat around chatting, knitting, crocheting or sewing and drinking wine or tea.  Stephanie cooked spaghetti bolognese, Suzie started the Meadowgate Olympics with a ten lap obstacle course around the house and Erin did a riverdance.  We tend to mostly gather around the huge wooden table in the kitchen; there's a big AGA at the far end of the room so it's very cosy and 14 people can be seated in the room comfortably.

We've been to Cowslip today for lunch and shopping followed by tea and cake.  Suzie hadn't booked our table so we missed out on Sunday roast.  It wasn't a problem because the menu there is gorgeous and all food is properly homemade.  Deb, especially, was not impressed and tried to pretend she was with an 80th birthday party in order to have access to the roast menu.  She was busted and settled for beef casserole.

Cowslip goodness
I love the shop at Cowslip; well we all do.  It's only a small shop but is packed to the rafters with fabric (quite literally) and loads of quilts, wall-hangings and cushions.  It is a massively inspiring place.

I was forced* to buy a bundle of 39 fat quarters and I'm going to make a quilt with them.  I might even make it this week - I brought my sewing machine for such emergencies.

I'm going to join everyone back in the kitchen now.  Lucie's crocheting a blanket and Lisa is hand quilting the patchwork she finished here in September.   June, Stephanie and Jean are all knitting various items of clothing, Erin is stitching a Julie Arkell inspired brooch and Suzie is making a cuddly bomb.  I have started an Alicia Paulson embroidery sampler.  

Helen, Deb and Rachel are in the playroom to drink wine and watch TV.  It's all very chilled.  Tomorrow we are having a photo shoot for Suzie's patterns and there will be a swap-over of knit clubbers (some come for the weekend and some come Monday-Friday).  

Wish you were here.



*sort of


  1. Found your blog through your Instagram page. Your week at Meadowgate looks wonderful :) Have a lovely girlie time. x

  2. It sounds lovely. Have a great time. x

  3. Have a lovely time darling girl. I remember last year when the knitters all came to me for afternoon tea and fabric shopping. It was fabulous :-)

  4. Looking forward to seeing your quilt! Have a lovely time x CozyCornerQuilts

  5. Ah how lovely! Enjoy the rest of your stay x

  6. Not jealous at all! Nope, not one itty, bitty, bit!

  7. I've been seeing the posts on Instagram from Suzie and Erin and I've been dying to know what Meadowgate is! It looks like you're having a fabulous time, and I'm so jealous. Stuck in snowy and cold Montreal, a little knitting holiday would set me up perfectly right now.

  8. Found you from Instagram ... Cowslip is my LQS ... Great food and yummy fabrics all in one place....enjoy the rest of your stay.

  9. A week crafting sounds bliss. Would also love to be let loose with all those fabrics - sweet shop springs to mind somewhat!
    BH x

  10. That sounds divine, Nicki! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay and that your quilt is coming along nicely x

  11. This sounds soooo lovely! A crafty escape surrounded by lovely things and people. Hope you enjoyed x