The past few days have been frantically busy but have also been great fun. Sabine
came over from Berlin and Munich to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show
at Alexandra Palace. Kris came to stay after she had been to the show but Sabine and I went together, along with three other knitting friends, Jill, Fiona and Tessa. I had such a great time!
The morning Sabine arrived I was spoiled rotten by my Secret Pal Dorene
when the postman brought this fantastic skein of Handmaiden Casbah through the post, sent by Socktopus
. Everything about this parcel was wonderful - the silver package, the pink tissue paper, the utterly luxurious cashmere and wool yarn, and the completely adorable stitch marker, which I just love to bits! I had never seen this yarn before and the colours are so intense and the yarn is so soft that it is just gorgeous! Thank you so much, Dorene!
This was the start of a yarn-filled weekend. Before we even got to Ally Pally Sabine gave me some gorgeous chocolate (which we ate before I could take a photo), some wonderfully aromatic coffee and some fabulous shawl patterns, including the Mountain Peaks
shawls, which I have been eyeing up.
Ally Pally was just wonderful. There was a really fantastic range of stalls and so much to see that we barely managed to look at everything we wanted to in the time we had (and we had the whole day!). I even met Alice
from Socktopus while we were there - the stall looked fabulous - so much temptation!
I was very taken with the Knitwitches
yarns and couldn't resist this silk:
There were all kinds of yarn I hadn't seen before. I resisted the qiviut
but succumbed to the yak yarn by Shokay
, which I am planning to knit the Baby Yoda
The Natural Dye Studio
had some truly wonderful colours and both Sabine and I couldn't resist the silk - it has a fantastic sheen to it and each strand is so beautiful. Mine is now a hot contender for the Seraphim shawl:
Sabine designs patterns and has had a few published in both Magknits and Knitty and so we visited Kerrie
at the Hipknits stall, where I couldn't resist the new issue of Yarn Forward, which looks great. I just love Nic
's mitts on the front cover!
And I simply couldn't resist this handspun cashmere from Shilasdair
Kris came to stay on Friday night (she went to Ally Pally on Thursday) and Sabine, Kris and I had a lovely day knitting and chatting with Michelle
, Nathalie and Zoe at Stash
. Here I am with Kris and Sabine:
Kris also brought me this fabulous yarn from Wollmeise
- some laceweight and some sock yarn, and the cutest project bag which she had made herself:
While at Stash I managed to finish my shrug for my sister, and tonight I met up with her and gave it to her (it is her birthday next week). She loved it! I am so pleased, and it is a great fit - it really suits her! Here is a friend modelling it before I wrapped it up:
I can cross that off October's list!