This weekend there was a craft fair in the Cromarty Hall, literally across the road from the house. It was on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. As I had to sort all my jewellery anyway, I thought I might as well take a table…!
I only took charm stuff, no wool. I didn’t think there would be much in the way of takers for the knitting stuff, and it is bulkier so not as easy to take across etc. As it turned out there was a wool stand on the Sunday and they did quite well – there are more knitters in the ‘Hope than I had realised!!
It all went very well – not so busy that people couldn’t see, and there was time to chat to customers and for them to decide exactly what they wanted. I did very well, and had customers from the proverbial 6 to 60!
Then this morning I went to pick up my chair. It is an Orkney straw backed chair – a traditional chair with a wooden frame and an oat straw back. The frame was made by Colin Kirkness and the straw work is by Julie Hume. And it is beautiful….
The shape of the back is traditional to Orkney. Those of you who have seen Stewart Thompson’s chairs will notice that it is different from the Fair Isle chairs, in that it does not have the uprights in the back ‘corners’.
The way the stitches are made is slightly different too…
And an added bonus – I think it is going to be just the right height for the Polson wheel… I won’t know until after the move though.