Yesterday was a great day. It was the long awaited day trip into London to visit the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace. I went with my wonderful friend Lydia Stonely, designer and creater of the most amazing wardolf inspired dolls - Polly had a Dolly, go check out her Etsy page https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PollyHadADolly
It was an early start and a long journey, but we finally arrived after three trains and a rather large hill.
I felt like an excitable child walking into the event, surrounded by creative brains and enthusiastic chatterings. I came with a shopping list in my head and open eyes, looking for new inspiration.
One stall that really got me excited was a fellow Etsy stall holder Sincerely Louise. This talented lady has won the 2016 Etsy Peoples Choice Award, and rightly so. Her work is eye catching. Her faux taxidermy inspired knitting is cleverly designed and beautifully presented. She offers knit your own polar bears, dinosaurs and even unicorns in a wonderfully chunky yarn.
Another stall which I found fascinating was an old bookshop stocked full of vintage knitting and sewing books. It was like discovering a wonderful charity shop stocked full of your favourite books. There were shelves of books about lace and picot edging, sock knitting, vintage vogue patterns, knitted accessories...the list was endless. Their full stock can be viewed at the shop in Enfield, North London (though they also have a website www.fjwarnes.co.uk)
By the end of the day we were exhausted, but bursting with ideas (and planning the next visit to London).