Monday, October 13, 2008
Oh it was good, so very good...
Our arrival at Ally Pally was marked by the most enormous knitting that Vera had ever seen. It was much bigger than anything she had ever seen me making and was suitably impressed.
Then there was this freeform crochet hyperbolic coral reef. Or something like that anyway. It was very pretty and Vera pretended she was a fish swimming in the ocean currents.
And then we went in. I felt like running up and down shouting 'I'm home everyone, I'm back, did you miss me?' It was all glorious and in my very humble opinion, the best one yet for knitters. There was so much yarn, so much knitting. In fact it was all so wonderful that I only took this one picture.
Our favourite stand was Habu Textiles. Incredible fine Japanese yarn and we wanted to make every garment on display. The thing we really liked though was a mohair jumper made with only a few ounces of yarn. Beautiful - but they'd sold out of the colours we liked. So it's off to Internet land now...
Shilasdair Yarns was also a lovely place to visit - silk and cashmere in colours like you wouldn't believe.
Oh and you know I said that if you saw me and Vera to say Hello? Well someone did - read my blog in the morning and saw me so said hello. It really surprised me that complete strangers read here. But I have one question Minxxy - was it really you? I thought you had red hair (or is that just a very old photo?
We had a great day all in all and were absolutely shattered by the end - poor Vera was exhausted and just needed a lie down!
But anyway, onto my shopping. Here we have a skein of Hipknits wool and silk (oh so soft) which has already been cast on into a Swiss Cheese Scarf.
Noro Kochoran to make a very nice little tanktop - slightly annoyed by this purchase though as have since found it for half price on the net. (Could have saved £24 - ouch!)
I did of course cast on as soon as I got home!
And more Noro - silk garden this time to make Klaralund with. The colours look a bit horrid here, but they don't seem that ugly in real life. Honestly!
And how could I resist this tape measure in the shape of a cake. Wish now I'd bought 2 of these as this one is ear-marked for mum's Christmas present from one of the boys.
And just in case you thought I'd forgotten Saturday Pudding, fear not. Here's chocolate mousse (which was actually Sunday Pudding, got back too late to cook on Saturday - tea had been put in the slow cooker at 6.30 am and I made use of the timer on the oven - chili and jacket potatoes)