Sandra, Jacqui, Laurien and I - and later Barbara too, went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexander Palace yesterday. I've never been before and loved it and was very cross that I left my camera at home. When we got there (courtesy of a coach laid on by Miss Lemon's wool shop in Pewsey) I was amazed at the beautiful view across London. Then we went in and it was such a beautiful building - all arches and glass. Then we went shopping!! First some fat quarters from Puddleduck quilts,
then some bits and bobs from the Bead Spider and then I moved on to the knitting. The first stand that grabbed my attention was Hobbywool - a Latvian shop which sold patterns for beautiful socks and mittens. The socks were out of my league but I bought the mitten kit - just £10 for this beautifully presented kit:
The more observant among you will notice the chewed looking edge to the pattern - that's courtesy of Rheuben; I left it on the kitchen table whilst I was writing the above. He's really in the dog house now.
Then I went to Toft and saw a beautiful jumper I'd love to knit. How much is the pattern I asked? £5 seemed reasonable - and the wool? £99 and I'd get the pattern for free. After picking myself off the floor I opted for just the pattern (Sandra assured me the jumper would be amazing with such beautiful wool but I reminded her of my knitting skills) and then scooted over to Black Sheep Wools and bought 12 balls - 50% alpacha and 50% wool - down from £75 to £35: way to go!!
I think some other things crept into my bag too but this is all I'm admitting to!
Meanwhile, we've been busy in the workshop - a great Yoko Saito Town Quilt Day
and Sheila brought her lovely Wedding Ring Quilt to show us
|Hmmm - okay some not so new|
and Alice showed us a beautiful quilt she's been making on the side(!)
and I have FINALLY finished my hexagon garden hanging.......
........and even started quilting it!!!