12 October 2013

A yarny day out

The annual Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace has come around again.  We went yesterday and had a great time.  Stayed the longest we ever have. Possibly bought more than usual, though maybe not. We took a newbie with us yesterday - Jan, who is Stuart's mum, she's not a knitter but loves to sew. There was plenty there for her to enjoy.

Rachel wearing her new top.  Lots of admiring glances, though it may have been for
the baby bump
The first thing to greet us with this yarn bombed taxi - great job Cate and Co.

The picture quality is brilliant as I only took my small Sony, as this fits easily into my bag, but I have no lens control, basically what you see is what you get.

Black Sheep Wools - what did I buy more on that later

Some aisles were a bit of a crush

Toft Alpaca's knitted toys

No sorry I will not make this!
Jan purchased one of these kits
 Then a walk through some of the design and needle art displays

Rachel's top was much admired, in fact one lady saw her earlier in the day, then came back to "find" us so I could tell her the name of the pattern and yarn.  She was very complimentary, its great feeling.  Another lady felt it was perfectly acceptable to stroke Rachel's baby bump, she was actually lucky that Rachel didn't deck her!  What makes people think they can do that?

So on to the purchases - these were from Black Sheep Wools, I love their yarn piles

100% wool - £19.99 reduced from £29.90
80% bamboo 20% wool - £16.99 reduced from £39.90
85% cotton 15% kapok - £19.99 reduced from £49.90
 Then on to the buttons, some bright fun ones for a change

4 packs for £10

perfect fit
 Then just some acrylic for a couple of projects on my list

Next, we saw this dress knitted up and Rachel really admired it.  So being a good Mummy I said I would knit it for her.  She purchased pattern and yarn immediately. There is just enough detail to stop it getting boring, plus aran weight so should be a fairly quick knit.

Jan and Rachel bought lots of fabric for a baby quilt and mobile.  We actually got a bit fabric'd out by the end of the show. As usual we ended the day with dinner in Green Lanes. Same restuarant, same meal, we daren't go off piste for fear of being disappointed, and at this place we never have been.

It was a great day out and many thanks to Rachel for driving us and to Jan for joining us, hope you both enjoyed your day as much as I did.


  1. Looks like a great day out!! I love knitted dresses, you really are a wonderful Mummy!

  2. So much to comment on! What a day you all had. Rachel's Glow and the top are both to be admired indeed.
    The yarn 'paintings' are quite interesting and clever. Love creative ideas like that.

  3. from HEL2011 on Ravelry
    Great, like your purchases :). The cable dress is very nice, look forward to seeing it knit up. I am going to the show in Harrogate in November, your blog has got me thinking about what I need, buttons on the list, I always forget about them and have projects finished sitting waiting for them loll.

  4. Oh wow, the knitted art is fab! I love that lobster still life, hilarious.

  5. Looks like it was a lovely day out. Good fiber, good company and good food.

  6. Looks like it was a lovely day out. Good fiber, good company and good food.

  7. What a wonderful day out ! and a fabulous spend :)


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