A general photo of the Knitting and Stitching show because, for some reason, I took hardly any photographs at all. I think I was overwhelmed by the wealth of possibilities there, for doing more of what I already do, for doing more of what I ought to be doing and for doing things that I've never done and hardly dare try, for fear of having even less time to do the first two!
I was there on Thursday and Friday, on the Denman College stand, but with plenty of chance to look around. As always, it's great to meet friends and catch up a little, and since I didn't go to the show last year, I felt refreshed for giving it a break.
Meeting Dodger-friend Dale and Ian of The Thread Studio again
Meeting Sue and her knitting friends
Bumping into Paulene
Playing with an Embellisher at Bromley Sewing Machines
Restocking with yummy coloured fleece and rayon chainette at The Handweavers studio
Chatting to Massey & Rogers about their delightful stand, a haven of restraint and style
Discovering a great new "English" yarn in such good colours - Sublime
Stalking (or being stalked by?) Sandra Murray
Finding out about Thermofax screens from Committed-to-Cloth Claire
Enjoying Sarah Lawrence's work and seeing how successful Crafty Notions has become.
Observing that at last, we are able to buy high quality yarns and tools to knit with
Seeing so many bookstands with a great range of titles (I didn't buy a single one)
Reaching the conclusion that, at last, it seems as thought the creative textile market is being driven more by people than by products.
and, of course, having fun with friends and being with so many like-minded people!
I keep my blog as a personal record of what I'm up to, which might be seen as working towards "An elegant sufficiency, content, retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, ease and alternate labour, useful life". I'm certainly not there yet. There is quite some way to go!