Monday, 18 July 2011

weekend update - Knit nation

Knit nation was awesome!!
Had to get up at 5am, leave the house by 6, and catch the train to London by 6:45
Once we navigated the London underground (which wasn’t complicated) we got to the imperial collage by 8am to register.
Then headed to our knitting for spinning class, we got to touch and spin all different kinds of different fibres including camel and angora!  It was brilliant to learn and understand how yarn is made etc, but I won’t be rushing out to buy a wheel , from doing this course, i have learnt that it’s the creating,  the colour ways of yarn/fibre that excite me and not the actual process of spinning, So will be sourcing un-dyed yarn to play with.
Really glad I did the course though as I love making my felt, and needle felting, so was great to learn about the different fibres!
After the class finished at 12, we went for tea and sandwiches; I was a little disappointed that I got tea in a paper cup! But the food itself was yummy, just not enough of it lol..Christine on the other hand, didn’t enjoy hers at all, because she can’t stand Mayo, which seemed to in all the sandwiches.
As you can see, i was rather please, and C was rather Pee'd off!! lol
After tea we headed to the market place, and had a walk round, drooling and touching everything, my favourite seller was there, “easy knits” and they didn’t disappoint, there selection of yarns and colour ways were amazing! we also got a few snaps done of all three of us!
 
This was my Fav out of the three.

I ended up coming home with
  200g of easy knits twinkle DK “fields of gold”, 100g of easy knits sock yarn in twinkle “pansy” and 300g of easy knits Twinkle DK – Carousel (rainbow) they also gave me an easy knits mug for free! I spent a total of £96 with them.
I also brought 100g of Artyarns Glass beaded Mohair yarn for £76 which is just so stunningly beautiful. (pictured above!)
I also brought a Giant Toft bag kit, I choose a sliver grey alpaca yarn and a huge mahogany handmade button, I need to knit this up on 20mm circulars, and then felt in the machine! She was selling the ready-made ones for around £300! (I paid £96 for the kit.)
 The lovely lady at toft told me that I didn’t need to line my bag, but I think I will because I would like pockets, and I think it will give the bag a longer life!, even though saying that, she showed me her bag which was four years old, and it was in amazing condition!!
I also brought a scarf crochet kit from toft “solomans net & flower scarf” in a similar shade of yarn to go with my bag! (the pattern was amazing so Lee, Christine and Myself all brought one!) I think it came to £22
I also got a a yarn dyeing kit from Helen Deighans which has 12 colours and you get a book for £22, I also ended up buying some manutex for £4..i did buy 400gm of un-dyed yarn for £10 but somehow lost the bag! So I only come home with some un-dyed lace weight yarn to play with.
I brought some stiches markers, buttons, and thread scissors.
 A book on play felted foods and toys, which has inspired to come up with a few of my own designs and patterns for our Business.

I got another signed book from Susan Crawford! I now have all three of her books (even though my pre – order of volume 2 is still not ready till the end of this month.
Once we were all shopped out, we headed back to Victoria for a tea stop, and said goodbye to Christine (she was leaving for Amsterdam very early this morning so couldn’t make dinner with us)     
My self and Lee had a wonder around all the shops, and went for sushi! Which was yummy!!  I really enjoy being in Lees company, she makes me smile and laugh so much, we never stop talking, I have only know her since March this year, but I feel like I have known her all my life, she has become a very close friend and I love her dearly.
 while shopping we find these - I really want these tea cups and tea pots!!

Was very sad that the day and evening come to an end, I was thankful though to get home and rest my aching feet, and let my head hit the pillow.
  My favourite pictures of all of us! I am so fortunate to have such lovey friends :)
This upcoming week is rather exciting! Because I have a man with a digger coming to sort my garden out in preparation for the shabby shed (summer house) so will be back with progress pictures.
For now goodnight, and god bless!  


3 comments:

  1. Wow! It's all so lovely ... I love the bags with the enormous buttons, but the teapots and cups are a close second. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Cool, you got some really fab goodies ;) I loved those giant buttons at Toft, they really made me grin! Can't wait to see what you do with the beaded mohair

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  3. Looks like a really great day! So much pretty yarn - but I think my favorite part is the happy/sad mayo faces. I can understand mayo disappointment - it's surprised me one too many times when I just wasn't ready for it. (Also, my computer's being weird, so I hope I'm not double-posting but I have to click the button again.)

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