Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
There couldn’t have been more than 20 stalls and there was only one that was new to inspire me. Hoopla yarn takes the long thin off-cuts from industrial fabric reams and makes them into unique fabric yarns. This is part of the new craze of upcycling which Hoopla defines as 'the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value'. The yarn is beautiful and best used for projects needing structure such as bags, cushions, footstools, slippers and decorative crochet items. My friend Sarah bought a gorgeous cone of flower print yarn for just £5 which was bargainous to say the least.
Of the few stalls available the majority of them were regulars of the other big knitting shows of the year and so didn’t excite me into spending. The student exhibition pieces were interesting as always and I had to take a picture of this lovely knitted statue. The work that went into knitting the feathers on the wings was amazing.
The Milla Mia stand was showcasing its latest designs for a new book coming out very soon. The latest collection boasts their trademark cute dresses and cardigans for girls and there were lots of lovely cables for boys all in their delicious popping-out-at-you colour pallet. While I was chatting with the owners they told me that one of their knitted up designs had been stolen from the show. It completely flabbergasted me that the sort of person that goes to a craft show would steal such a thing from one of the stalls. The cheek!
Although disappointed by the show Sarah and I did have a lovely day. It was gorgeously sunny outside and we took a walk to Westfield to wander around the shops. It was nice to get out and about without having lots of errands to run or a strict time to get back for, which made for a lovely relaxing Saturday.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
It consists of an apple, mini homemade scone provided by Mother of Purl (my Mum) and a sandwich bag of yarn and needles. Yum! Don’t worry I’ve not started to eat yarn for lunch, or developed a strange eating disorder, I’m meeting a friend for a spot of lunch and knitting.
The crazy times are starting to calm a little as Flo’s birthday went off without a hitch, I’m back at work and the workshop at the Creative Biscuit was lots of fun! I’ve been invited back to run an Intermediate workshop in April which I’m really looking forward to. The cafe is also running lots of other nice workshops in April so their facebook page is well worth a look . But don’t forget that they are now open for all your general tea, coffee and cake needs too, so be sure to pop in for a delicious cuppa and slice of carrot cake next time you’re in the neighbourhood.
Our house moving is imminent so I’ve started packing up my yarn stash :-(
My mum found some vacuum storage bags in the pound shop in Stratford so I’ve sucked down my stash to a reasonable size so far. The pattern books, magazines, needles and notions are starting to look like they’re taking over the flat though, so time to get packing them away too. It all feels a bit sad!
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Cake crisis aside this past year has been a real whirlwind for our little family. Flo’s arrival into the world was not what we had hoped when we thought of the birth of our first baby. There were no balloons, presents, congratulations or happy tears and so I’m so glad that her first birthday was all of those things that we missed and more. Our friends and family were finally all able to get together over our little girl and welcome her into the world properly and for this I am so grateful. Happy Birthday Florence and here’s to many more.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
The lovely Moss Stitch has given me an award! I feel so honoured!