Well, it’s a week since I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia in London.
My Mum was kind enough to come up with me and left me with a little present in the form of a nasty cold!
So I’ve been feeling a bit sorry for myself, what better way to cheer myself up other than having a gander at the lovely stash that I brought home with me!
I don’t think I’ve ever been to Olympia before, for the uninitiated, it’s an exhibition centre in Kensington, West London. I love this old photo – much has changed in the area, but Olympia remains pretty much as it is here.
I was a bit remiss in taking photos on the day – blame my yarn obsession for that! As we arrived we only just had time to book into a needle-felting class which began immediately… We were making a bee – mine wasn’t quite finished and a bit, erm, shall we call it ‘rustic’ so I haven’t taken a picture of it to post here!
As well as the expected suppliers and manufacturers, there were a few fun surprises. The lovely people at Toft had brought their crochet jungle with them (sadly I didn’t get a picture!) full of monkeys crocheted by newcomers and experts alike – with funds and awareness-raising of Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and Noah’s Ark Hospice.
Another fun thing was the Knitted Farm – some of the work was quite remarkable.
This was a competition organised by the Show and the winners can be found here.
I was thrilled to see a stall there by Cats Protection – I worked for them for several years before I moved down to Wiltshire. I also met up with an old friend who was manning the stall – she arrived just at the same time as I found the stall – what a happy coincidence!
So, onto the really fun bit – all of the wool / yarn… I did go a bit mad, I had a budget and only slightly blew it! But what I did get was such lovely and unique pieces and yarns which I have never seen before as well as some bargains…
Firstly my bargain yarns – I got four balls of Sirdar Escape DK as well as three balls each of King Cole Galaxy Chunky – all for £20 – bargaintastic!
Next up is some beautiful yarn by the Japanese firm Noro – a gorgeous mixture of 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair and 10% Lambswool. The overcast weather here in Wiltshire has dampened the colours of this – it is absolutely glorious. The colourway is a mixture of blues, green, purple and yellows. I’ve wanted to try Noro yarns for ages – I have a great respect for the craft skills of the Japanese people. One day I hope to go to Nippori in Tokyo – my dream craft destination!
This Debbie Bliss Winter Garden is a tweedy mix chunky yarn made from 30% Llama, 30% Merino Wool, 20% Silk and 20% Linen. The colours are gorgeous – rich purple and a russety conker colour. Makes me think more of Autumn than Winter!
These next yarns are made from recycled Sari silk and are such beautiful, vibrant shades, unfortunately again my overcast weather doesn’t really show them at their best! I’m looking forward to working out what I can do with these…
Further rummaging was needed to find the next ones – by this point Mum had given up and gone home. I couldn’t resist these from the Little Knitting Company – 80% Cotton and 20% Cashmere, they have the most lovely feel to them.
Finally I went a little mad at the last knockings, buying (left) Debonnaire Silk/Lurex mix in jewel colours (regular readers will notice a pattern here!) from Ehdknits and last, but certainly not least, my most favourite stall was Watercolours & Lace – (right) – such wonderful hand-painted and dyed natural fibres. I bought two and then went back for another one – I couldn’t resist! I bought Cashmere Silk lace in the softest purples and blue-greens, a Baby Alpaca/Silk mix in soft rose pinks and at the back a Merino Fine Lace in gorgeous blue-purple, reminding me very much of Delphiniums.
This is such a beautiful shop, I heartily encourage you to seek them out at a Fair or even buy online. I can’t think of a more gorgeous range of quality yarns.
So that was the sum total of my first Knitting and Stitching show – lots of beautiful wools and yarns to be going on with.
When is the next one!?!