#KnittingandStitchingShow

Wooo! I was so excited for The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014. Not only because its awesome, but also because this year I was taking mum and was thoroughly looking forward to spending the time with her!

My experiences from last year had taught me to be prepared with a list, but I still felt completely daunted when we walked in the door and had to do some serious ma herding to get her to stick to the ‘up and down the aisles’ plan!

With a stop in the middle for lunch we were there for 6 hours and by the end I was seriously flagging. I loved that mum maintained her enthusiasm and energy throughout the whole day, spending time to speak with loads of the exhibitors, something which I mostly feel too self-conscious to do.

Mum’s favourite was the Baa Ram Ewe stand, which we made a second visit to so she could buy the Titus wool for her chosen hat from Coop Knits Toasty Volume 1.

One of my favourite stands was the Toft Alpaca stand. I have completely fallen in love with the crocheted animals in the book Edward’s Menagerie by the designer and founder of the TOFT Alpaca Shop, Kerry Lord. The book comprises of 40 crocheted soft toy patterns which were on display at the show. They are sooooo cute!! I love that the book teaches you how to create the patterns, which are split into three different levels of ability, and the book assumes that you have no crochet ability, which is perfect for me and my limited crochet skills. This will DEFINITELY be on my Christmas list!

My bargain of the day was the Woolie Bat knitting kit from Black Bat yarns. They specialise in British rare breed wool and the mittens were a barganous £5, I can’t wait to start them! This will unfortunately have to wait until I have finished J’s santa jumper for Christmas Jumper day, for which I’m using one of the Charity Knitting Patterns I blogged about previously. The Stylecraft yarn for this I also bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show and have dutifully started. Lets see if I get it finished!

Our collective haul from the day included denim fabric, earrings, several patterns, hand dyed embroidery thread and lovely knitting themed Christmas cards from the charity Knit For Peace. Marvellous!

We saw so many amazing things, its difficult to talk about them all! I love the knitting and stitching show for the atmosphere, the lovely people and also for the chance to be surrounded and introduced to so many lovely products!

I’m already looking forward to next year, and hopefully I’ve converted mum so she will come again too!

Gorgeous Drops Mittens

I’ve fallen in love with these AMAZING Nordic mittens using Drops Lima from Garn Studio. They’re knit in the round using four 50g balls of this alpaca and wool blend DK yarn. Having previously fallen in love with Drops Nepal ( Lima’s heavier weight aran sister) I can’t wait to get started on these! I’m hoping they’ll also be a good introduction to knitting in the round and knitting from a chart. And with the pattern being free and the yarn available for the bargain price of £2.00 a ball from Wool Warehouse I don’t have to worry too much about completely messing them up!!

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