Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Shop update and Ally Pally

It's a bit of a different shop update today following a request on Ravelry for some special Christmas yarn available in plenty time to allow it to be knitted up for the festive season. I'm planning to update the shop at around 8.30pm BST tonight (Tuesday).

A Plush Christmas in Plushness - 8 skeins

An Opulent Christmas in Opulent - 6 skeins

Seven Swans in Plushness - 3 skeins - one with less orange (see below)

Wedgewood in Plushness - 4 skeins

Cucumber sandwiches in Plushness - 2 skeins
Snow Reflections in Plushness - 5 skeins

Just a reminder of what Snow Reflections looks like up close and personal:

That little lot was how I spent my Friday. Then on Saturday, myself and the Skein Prince made our way up to Alexandra Palace in London for the Knitting and Stitching Show.

It was a three hour journey due to there being no direct trains to Paddington, so we arrived somewhat harassed and in need of food, drink and toilet facilities! After which, we were ready to plunge into the crowds in search of yarn for me and cross stitch kits for him.

We made a beeline for the Socktopus stand. It was great to meet Alice and she kindly let me take a photo of the Skein Queen yarn which she'd put out on the Friday.

I can't tell you what a kick I got from seeing it there amongst all the beautiful hand-dyed yarns she sells. Speaking of which, I couldn't resist some skeins of Koigu which I'd been wanting to try for ages. Yogicknitter was helping out on the stand, and she did a good job of selling me this which she said was like sweeties:

Also spoke to Robynn of Purlescence who had much temptation on her stand and to Knitwitches lady as I spent way too long drooling over some silk/camel. The venue was so huge and there were so many stands, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Skein Prince purchased a Kittens at Christmas cross stitch kit but then later saw the Stitchtastic stand which does car kits such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, so he spent a looonnnng time looking through those.

It was good to see the Hyperbolic Coral Reef as we hadn't made it to the Hayward Gallery when it was there. We couldn't resist trying to spot our meagre contributions:

Skein Prince made a red one with a pink edging on the left-hand side!! Whaddya mean you can't spot it?

I made a very brightly coloured one with STR in Sherbet which was tucked away right at the back of this one!!

Scrappy Dappy Doo scarf is now finished - I tried wearing it to Ally Pally, but it was too hot - beautiful autumn weather with no chill in the air at all, so it lived in my bag.

Check out my little girl - they had to dress up as a character from a book on Friday at school, and she chose Lily from the Blue Kangaroo stories.

I made the big blue bow for her and the knitted Blue Kangaroo was rescued from the attic.


alabama whirly said...

wow, she is exactly Lily from blue kangaroo!
I love the swans,mmmmm

gilraen said...

Wonderful yarn!!!! :)

Thank you for the lovely pics of Ally Pally! :)

Your kids look so cute! :)

freshisle said...

I'm jealous of the Purlescence encounter. She has beautiful things.
I love the blue kangaroo, too. Perfect!