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More Stash Aquired

Last week I had no wip’s. The first time for quite a long time. I did have a couple of projects that I wanted to start but had not got the necessary bits for them. I then went to The knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally. I now have a lot of projects waiting to be started.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the show there are many, many stalls and exhibitions – all to do with knitting, crocheting and sewing. My idea of paradise. It takes nearly a whole day to get around and see everything although this year we were slightly more organised than last. We headed straight for the stall where we knew that we would find some bargain yarn (half price!) I picked up one or two (ahem) bags and then we went off to have a look at the rest of the stalls. The yarn was all ear-marked for specific projects obviously (:))

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The other main thing that I was looking out for was sock yarn. I am going to attempt my first ever pair of knitted socks. I am really looking forward to it – I see all these lovely socks on blogs and I want some of the action. I know that some people only knit socks. It must be good. Unfortunately I need to get the right sized needles for this project. In fact I really need to invest in a lovely set of needles and hooks. I just haven’t been brave enough yet.

My first Christmas present.

My first Christmas present underway.

As you can see I have not made an awful lot of progress on what should be a quick and easy project. These are going to be my teacher gifts, along with a nice bar of soap I think. I probably will not stick to just this pattern but have a go at several, both knitting and crochet. I have plenty of yarn after all (20 50g balls in all!) It is Rowan Purelife, organic cotton. Really lovely and soft but easily splits which is a little annoying. I have two colours – this colour, Brazil Wood and Oak Apple so some will be a mixture of both. I shall keep you posted.

I shall now head over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with all the amazing achievements that they will have made over this last week. Before then getting on with my own knitting obviously.

(As an aside I had the pleasure and honour of meeting a fellow Handmade Mondayer, yesterday – Jan from Handcrafted by PictoIt was lovely to meet someone in real life and her items are every bit as amazing in real life as they are on the blog :))

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Some of you will be aware that I have not posted my usual weekend post this week. This is mostly because I had a wonderful day out at Alexandria Palace in London. I have often seen these amazing building from the train as it is set up on top of a hill but have never been to it before.

Getting up close was a bit of a disappointment as the windows are all boarded up but inside you can still see many grand features.

            

I did honestly spend some time looking at this but mostly I was busy looking at:

Knitted items.

Beautiful intricate shawls made from linen.

 

A knitted wedding outfit for him and her.

Lots of lovely buttons.

A whole knitted community. This is the farm.

A play ground.

The farm shop.

And a cub scout camp site!

Of course there were also lots and lots of stalls to walk around with lots of lovely things to buy!! I am very proud to say that we managed to get around every stall and stop at all the ones we wanted to (just). Oh and yes – I did spend some money…..

Of course I had to buy some bargain yarn but I do know what I am going to do make with it. Something really rather special…….

Some really gorgeous silk that feels divine.

Some really bargain wire and a few beads (well I couldn’t totally resist!).

Some yarn with Stainless steel in it. I have been looking to get some of this for ages so am really excited about this purchase.

A ‘vintage’ crochet book that is literally as old as me but has some great ideas in it (and yes there is a granny square top in here which will not be being brought back to life.)

I couldn’t resist all the bargain offers on magazines with their freebies either. You never know – I may be making myself a dress next year!!!!

This bag came with some of the mags. I love it.

I am guessing that you can tell I had a good time? I have come back buzzing with ideas and don’t really know where to start!  Oh yes I forgot to say that when at the show I saw someone exhibiting a necklace like one of the ones i have made. I was quite pleased in a way as it shows that I am not completely crazy and that maybe I should believe in myself a bit more!

Have you ever been to a show like this and come away with loads of ideas? Did you follow them up or did they get forgotten?