So from the 9th till the 12th October (today), Alexandra Palace hosted the Knitting and Stitching show. It’s an annual event, but I didn’t go last year, as I was only just starting to get properly into knitting and wasn’t really sure if it would be my thing, nor what happened there. My friend Em did go, and said it was quite good, lots of stalls of stuff and she even brought me back a souvenir of some Nameste Glass knitting needles. (I can’t seem to find the needles on the site thou…) I have to confess I haven’t knitted with them that much as they make an odd scratchy sound, and plus I now have my harmony circular needles which I adore. Then a month or so later i got onto Ravelry and well… it all changed. A world of amazing patterns, hand dyed yarn through etsy, and the ease of being able to get help on those tricksy patterns have just made me really love knitting. As such I was really looking forward to the Knitting and Stitching fair when it came around this year. (Wow.. bit of a long intro there :P). There was also the awesome advantage of being able to read what suggestions other people had with how to face the day and setting a budget and taking cash etc.
So my mum pre-booked us tickets to go. She used to knit, prefers to crochet, hasn’t really had time of it in years, in fact its mostly been my interest that’s sort of rekindled hers although she did confess she probably more interested in sewing, quilting and beading these days. Not that she currently has the time for said things.
We got to the show about 10, which was pretty good as we got about 2 hours of wondering about before it started to get really busy. We split up for about an hour because, well I wanted to look at yarn and my mum was more interested in beads and such. It’s not just stalls for shops selling things there’s also lots of artists work, massive pictures in various mediums of knit/sewing/quilting/cross stitch/felting, some mixed mediums. There was some amazing Japanese Embroidery, where they literally just sew glass beads together to make the most amazing shimmery fabric. There was a big kimono on display, well over 2 million glass beads. imagine the time that must have taken! (Sorry I don’t really have many pictures of the day, a lot of things said ‘No Picture’s Please’. So all I’ve got from the day is this shot, which was at the entrance to the event:
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.
We finally left the show at about 3pm, (it closed at 5.30pm). I was rather amazed to find that it was pretty damn hot outside! (Even more so than had been inside, although at least there was a breeze). Incidentally it’s been just as hot today, i suspect something like 20c. What’s up with that?! It’s October, its supposed to be miserable and cold!! August and October seem to have decided to swap weather.
Anyway, onto the real topic of this post… what I ended up getting at the show. Ahhh! Here is a quick shot of all the yarn I got. Yes… there may (with one exception, can you guess which? 😉 ) be a bit of a theme to the colours there….
In the sake of length I have decided to cut this here so if you want to see what I’ve got specifically just click below. 🙂
So what did I get?
Cascade 220 yarn from the Get Knitted stand. I’ve been planning to get this for a while, as I want to make myself a felted bag. I wasn’t really sure if I needed 2 skeins of black yarn but I decided that well.. you can always use black yarn so its not the end of the world if I don’t.
Dream in Colour Smoosy, colour Deep Seaflower. I saw this colour and really liked it, as it’s worsted weight I figured I could make a scarf out of it (I have been wanting to make myself one) plus you get a LOT of yarn for your skein, 250 yards?! Having looked at Ravelry I’ve worked out I could well possibly make a neck warmer AND a hat!
I renewed my subscription to Yarn Forward. As such I was allowed to pick my subscription renewal yarn at the event. (I hope they wrote that down and don’t send me more when I get Issue 8.) This is actually supposed to be a dark purple.. not the navy blue that it seems to be. My camera just could not cope with the colour. I also picked up SewHip (by the same people), I don’t sew (yet.. I have semi considered a Sewing Machine, when I get my own place), as I do like YF so i figured it could well be a good thing to try and get started with. 🙂
The rest? In order,
So what have we got here? Well from top Left to bottom Right: HipKnits, Superwash 100% Merino Sock Yarn. (I like the colours, figure I may make some gloves.) Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock Select, Green Mountain Madness, maybe a shawl? Touch, lace weight wool about 900y and it’s a New Zealand yarn, I thought it would be appropriate to get some. 🙂 Fire Lizard Studios, sock yarn Shimmer colourway (it’s really pretty you should def take a closer look at it!). Ripples, more sock yarn 😛 Birdsong colourway and then Knitwitches
And finally this, I think this one is my fave, I got it from the Socktopus stand, but it’s from an indie dyer called IndieKnits, (yup its sock yarn) colourway Below the Storm. Is it not pretty? (the colours are actually a bit more intense than the photo’s)
And finally (I promise this is the final thing) I got this:
250g of Blue Faced Leicester Roving from Laughing Hens, and a drop spindle from Fyberspates. I’ve never done spinning before so this should be interesting, and look I’ll even get a chance to dye it, assuming I can spin it up! 🙂
And here is a close up of the drop spindle I got, isn’t it pretty? I didn’t see this one at first, I couldn’t decide between ones with fancy green on, or whether to get one with a sparrow on. This one was actually slightly hidden by another one. Spotted it when I moved to look at something else.
Phew! What a day. Def going next year. 🙂