Crochet / knitting / patchwork / Quilting

What a Knitting and Crafting weekend

I’ve had a very crafty weekend with seeing Kirstie Allsopp on Friday at Cheltenham Literature Festival, where she was lovely and funny and we got signed copies of her new book, Vintage Home. And then on Saturday we went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace.

It was my first time going to the show and I very much enjoyed it, I did panic at first seeing the sheer amount of stalls and thinking that I could never possibly make it around them all, but somehow between 11 and 4 we squished it all in, we even saw a bit of the Rowan catwalk.

I was very keen to see the miniature knitted village as I’d heard lots about it before hand and it didn’t disappoint.

There were lots and lots of patchwork and quilting stalls, so I got a lovely range of fat quarters and sixteenth to hopefully start my own quilt.

There was also a lovely French stall with these amazing fabric squares with vintage ladies on.

A lot of the wool was very beautiful and very expensive so I didn’t buy as much as I thought, though I was pleased with this chunky weight yarn I got to make a cowl, I also got the beautiful pin to go with it.

This little Rowan caplet crochet set was too cute to turn down!

And in case you’re wondering about the sneak peak of that hat I posted before, JUST DON’T ASK. So apart from that disaster (which I’m sure to blog about at a later date when it doesn’t make my eyes cloud with rage) I’ve had such a lovely weekend and I’ve loved reading about other people’s experience at the Knitting and Stitching show, did you go?

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7 thoughts on “What a Knitting and Crafting weekend

    • She didn’t display anything (which would have been nice), but she talked for about an hour and answered questions on everything and anything. Her book is good, though a lot of it is fairly big projects that require specialist equipment (one page is making wedding rings). If you have a home and you’re looking to decorate it in a vintage style it would be great to have though.

  1. Ooh I am going to the knitting and stitching show in Harrogate in November (it seems to far away!) and I can’t wait! I haven’t been before either so I’m worried that I will be overwhelmed like you! I can imagine that I will be spending a lot of pennies! I love the pin! I am considering making a wrap and I was wondering where I could buy a pin for it so I will have to keep an eye out. I’m not sure how much cash I will need…is everything very expensive? I am intrigued by how much that Rowan kit was if you don’t mind me asking.

    • There were lots and lots of shawl pins everywhere, (my pin cost me £10). Some stuff is expensive but there’s also lots of show offers and generally reasonable prices. The Rowan set was £15, so for the pattern and three balls of yarn I thought it was a good offer. You will have such fun!

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