This Mother’s Day, I left the kids with my long suffering husband, with strict instructions about what they should wear, don’t forget to brush their hair, teeth etc…. Food in the fridge labelled and pre prepared. I jumped on a train with a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Macchiato in one hand and a WIP bag in the other and headed into Central London to spend the day at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia.
One of the first things which struck me was how spacious the venue was. Previous crafts events I have attended have been so busy that it made it hard to spend time looking at the products. I am one of those people that when confronted with a room full of craft related products tends to go into a sort of yarn induced daze. When people speak to me I can only squeak words like ‘oooh pretty’ and ‘sparkly….SPARKLY!’ The extra space was therefore gratefully received.
I saw so many beautiful yarns and met so many talented crafters at the show and I wanted to share a few of them with you.
These are pictures of the student Stitch a Feast entries.
The entries for the Fashion Textiles Competition were stunning. These are two of my favourites. The entries were submitted by students aged 16-19.
I walked past a crowd developing around the stall run by knitting pattern and kit designer Sue Stratford from http://www.theknittinghut.co.uk/. Her knitted bird kits were getting some attention and quite rightly.
Aren’t they gorgeous?
This is her Summer Bunting Tea Cosy, which any tea pot would be proud to wear! She has some lovely easter kits currently in stock, and I would highly recommend going and having a look at her online store or popping into her shop if you find yourself near Woburn Sands.
Not only is Sue wonderfully talented she is also incredibly kind and gave me a copy of her book ‘Mini Knitted Christmas’ so I could run a giveaway on this review (thank you again Sue!) Details about how to enter are at the end of this post. As fellow crafters, you will know, it is never to early to start thinking about Christmas.
These photos are from the stall Purl Alpaca Designs. They sell beautiful modern clothing patterns and you can visit their webpage for details about their knitting workshops which they hold at Burwash Manor in Cambridge. Their Alpaca wool comes in a range of natural shades and is unimaginably soft. They explained this is because they have a very selective process when picking the wool they use. They definitely inspired me to practise my knitting!
Having small children these mounted head kits caught my eye at Sincerely Louise’s stall.
What small boy would not want a mounted triceratops on their bedroom wall?
Louise also makes faux taxedermy bags and scarfs.
I was in market for some yarn whilst at the show and met some amazing sellers. The diversity of yarn being sold was incredible
I had a wonderful chat with a very friendly and cheerful gentleman who was telling me all about his family run business Black Bat Wool. All the yarns sold were made from British Rare Breed Wool and there was a picture and description of all the sheep the wool came from. I grew up in a rural area in South Wales, so I have seen a lot of sheep, but I was still amazed at the wide range of colours sheep come in. They have recently started experimenting with dying some wool and blending it with the natural colours, as apparently and very disappointingly you can’t get purple sheep!
A little bit later, I met a gentleman who was selling Indian silk yarn and also yarn made from Sarees. I am a bit disappointed I didn’t purchase any at the show, but I will definitely be visiting his website very shortly…
Finally, I met the lovely people from Alpaca Select. Alpaca Select personally source all their products from South America. They sell gorgeous Alpaca yarn and South American clothing.
I bought 4 skeins of their Inti 50% Alpaca Yarn in pinks and mauves.
Which takes me to this weeks giveaway. I mentioned earlier that Sue Stratford from The Knitting Hut, has given me a copy of her amazing new book Mini Knitted Christmas, to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. It is very simple to enter, You need to follow this blog either via email or WordPress (there is a follow button at the right hand side – or at the bottom of this post if you are on a mobile or tablet). Then you need to comment below, telling me what you think I should crochet out of this beautiful South American Alpaca wool.
…I mentioned at the beginning of this post the long list of jobs I left with my husband in terms of the children’s care whilst I was out…. needless to say when I got home, two of them were in their PJ’s and one of them was in a swimming costume!…
Giveaway Terms and Conditions
Entries must be received by 5pm on 15th March 2016. One winner will receive a copy of the book featured in this post. The prize is non-transferable. This giveaway is open to those aged 18 or over, who are subscribed to this blog either via email or via WordPress and who have commented on this post as described above. You can gain one extra entry in the draw by sharing a link to this post via my Facebook page. The winner will be chosen at random. The winners will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date, and must respond within 7 days to claim their prize. The prize will be despatched by Royal Mail within ten working days of receiving the winner’s address details. The winners names will be published on this blog on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. This giveaway is open to readers in any country, but please note, the book will take longer to arrive to some countries.
I was not compensated by any of the companies reviewed in this post and all the views given are my own.