Did you manage to make it to this year's Spring Knitting & Stitching Show? Don't worry if you didn't! We've got all the woolly highlights for you right here, plus you could be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show by clicking here.
Before we barely even made it through the door, we found ourselves getting lost in all of Cat Mountain Fibres Arts' stunning Fusion yarns! Each skein comes with an elegant Woodland Capelet pattern and is made up of five different yarns that wind off into separate balls.
Once we'd finally managed to pull ourselves away from all the mohair, silk, alpaca and Merino, we made our way over to Alpaca Select where we fell in love with some beautifully hand dyed sock yarn. Keep an eye out for this irresistible yarn in upcoming issues of Simply Knitting as we may have snuck off with a skein or two...
After that, we spotted this little alpaca-with-attitude...
And his adorable friend!
Then, we took a wander over to Jessica Dance and admired the amazing felt creations from her Material World collection.
These amazing embroidered Nordic jumpers sure caught our eye! You can find them and much more in Gillian Travis' new book Nordic Journeys in Stitch. How much do you want to knit lifesized versions of these?!
Another non-knitted creation that was definitely worth stopping for was textile artist Nigel Cheney's gigantic painted fabric. You can find more of Nigel's work in his book, Textile Surface Manipulation.
We passed quite a few workshops on our way around the show! Including The UK Hand Knitting Association's Knitting & Crochet Experience.
Phew! We had to take a little break after all that charging around. We spotted some fellow knitters also resting their feet (but not their hands) and asked them what they had been up to! Sarah Molloy was taking a moment to catch up on her Beetlebum shawl from East London Knit. She admitted that she might have bought more sewing goodies than knitting, though (we'll forgive her).
Sitting just a few tables away, getting started on a baby cardigan, was Belinda Hobbs. "It's been a really good day," said Belinda. "I've mostly bought baby yarn, haha!"
Once we'd finished our cups of tea, we set off again and were immediately drawn to the bright and beautiful colours of Hobbywool's amazing Latvian mittens. We couldn't count how many kits there were to choose from! Which one would you make?
Finally, after such a long, hard day (okay, after a lovely, fun day) we stopped off for a bite to eat...
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