Sunday, 31 March 2013

Photo shoot and out takes!

Hope everyone is having a good Easter Day today. As we had a long weekend I took the opportunity to reshoot some of the photos of my items. It got a bit silly towards the end and here are some of the out takes!

Hope you've had a good weekend! :)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Wool House!

I'm really pleased I managed to catch the Campaign for Wool Wool House exhibition at Somerset House on the last day, it was brilliant!
The exhibition itself was divided into two sections, one half was set up as a 'house' with individual rooms created with huge amounts of fantastic wool and knitted items! I spotted a table in one of the rooms which had balls of yarn stored in the middle of the table, think something like this would be perfect for my coffee table!
The second side of the exhibition was made up of some fantastic individual designers and showcased weaving, spinning, tapestry, rugs, clothing, and the list just goes on! What struck me were the many uses for wool, basically anything, even stuffing bedding, and also the process it goes through before it even appears in my hands for me to be able to knit with. I'd love to see or have a go at spinning yarn one day.

The other thing about wool are the many textures, in clothing ranging from formal suits right through to really fine scarves, showing all in all that wool is great!

Here are some of the photos from the day, hope you managed to catch the exhibition while it was on.


Friday, 22 March 2013

A belated post about the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show!

Now this post is over a week late BUT the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show last weekend was brilliant!

I've been to the March Stitch and Craft Shows the past two years which have got bigger each year (especially the knitting section!) and saw this as a kind of 'mini Ally Pally' and we weren't disappointed!

Off we went, me, Mr Knit Nat and my fellow knitting and wine club friends on our day trip to Olympia, managing to arrive before it had even opened with our keen-ness. First stop was coffee and brochure buying to decide on our plan of action.

Then it was off to Toft to get one of their crochet amigurumi animals - I spent ages trying to decide which one to get and finally settled on the sheep and the hippo - look at how many they have to choose from!

I also bought the yarn and pattern for a waistcoat from Purl Alpaca so will keep you posted on how they both turn out. I’m hoping to get the waistcoat knitted up quite soon so I can wear it now with dresses.

Cute crochet finds

Here are a couple of cute crochet items we found along the way. The first is Gordon the Owl where you can buy the pattern from Mrs Moon, and the Robot is from a book called Amigurimu (Cozy) by Lan-Anh Bui.

In the second hall there was a big Folksy section where I met fellow Folksy seller Chichidee - and bought one of her brilliant turban headbands.

Then just as we were leaving we decided to bundle into the stall with mountains of wool - unfortunately I don't have any photos as it was just too crowded but was so much fun! Fellow knitting and wine friend Laura wanted a particular shade and after I declared I'd found it delving onto the floor into all the bags (and with the kind help of two fellow crafters) showed it to Laura but it was the one she already had - that stall was hilarious!

Mr Knit Nat and all our shopping

Final stop was to cover Mr Knit Nat in all of our bags for a funny photo opp - between us we left with some 30 balls of wool!

Can't wait til the next one at Ally Pally in October!