This week at work has been the busiest ever, I haven’t had a chance to think let alone post about my visit to the Knitting and Stitching show last Sunday. I knitted the green jaywalkers on the way to Alexandra Palace on the coach whilst listening to Kate Rusby on my iPod. Made quite good progress and even managed to cast on for mum for some socks knitted in a spiral rib from Simply Knitting. Saw her today and she’s finished the first sock so I had to cast on the second one whilst watching the start of the Rugby World Cup Final. Not sure why my mum who taught me to knit and has been knitting for at least 32 years can’t cast on and join up to start a top down sock. It amuses me though.
Alexandra Palace was absolutely packed. The exhibitions were really inspiring and made me wish I’d done something creative at University/College. I was slightly disappointed at the lack of non-wool yarn and because I couldn’t find a basic knitting pattern book – like the Barbara G Walker Treasury type. Mum and I were both hoping that Get Knitted would be selling some Tofutsies yarn but they didn’t bring any. (We’ve since ordered some in their sale and it should be here on Monday.) I did buy two skeins of Koigu KPPPM in a turquoise/sea green/purple colourway (P447) that is wonderful, a ball of red/pink cotton Regia sock yarn, purple dpns, bamboo dpns (wow, they’re bendy!), some lovely buttons and 3 issues of Yarn Forward.
I was so excited about the Koigu that I cast on for some toe up socks as soon as I got home. The yarn is lovely and soft and hurrah not itchy, I’ve paused at the end of the toe whilst I pick a pattern that really shows off the lovely colours. I might even design a lace pattern that reminds me of the sea because the colours do.
I also saw the knitted river from I Knit London, knitted to raise money for water aid. I’d seen it in magazines but it’s pretty impressive in real life. Talking of real life, I was quite happily looking at a pattern book on the Knitting magazine stall when suddenly a lady next to me suddenly said “so have you ever bought one of my books?” and I realised I was stood next to Nicky Epstein the author of “Knitting On The Edge” and other books. It was like last year when I saw Lucy Neatby, really cool!
Today I engaged in retail therapy with my friend Bex, we drove to Southampton and I bought 3 skirts, a knitted smock dress, a tank top and a pair of trousers for the winter. Was a really nice morning just hanging out really. And I’m really pleased with my purchases and they weren’t expensive so I don’t have buyer’s guilt.