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!