Knitting and Stitching Show review
Well, I went yesterday and to be honest I was disappointed. I was hoping for some more knitting stuff there but it was more like a general craft show. There were events like the knitting fashion show and about 10 or so knitting stalls but the event didn't strike me as being any different to some of the craft events I'd been to at the NEC before. I know it was a stitching show as well but that was just the same guys from the Festival of Quilts again.
But I did go to the silk spinning class (101 how to be a spider!) and enjoyed that. Here's my effort.
Not bad! Having done the drop spinning class a couple of weeks before and practiced a bit has definitely paid off. This will now be the fourth drop spindle in the house. It's about half the size as a normal spindle, is a top whorl, and what you do with this one is twist it horizontally rather than let it hang. Our tutor did show a way where you twisted it vertically, trapped the spindle between your knees and then let go of where you'd pinched the silk but to be honest the horizontal methods was more comfy.
I saved tonnes of money and just bought some emerald green Tussah silk tops from the gorgeous Mulberry Silks
stall to practice with.
I'm starting to get a bit practical regards my spinning wheel and saving for it so the thought of buying a load of stuff didn't appeal much. Plus the thought of lugging it onto the train to Nottingham was not my idea of fun especially when I know that I can order it over the t'internet and sent to me.
I think I'm probably going to buy an Ashford Traveller. I saw one being used at the show and just loved the look of it. I have thought about getting the Ashford Kiwi but there's something about it I don't like. Maybe it's that it's made of MDF and just doesn't look all that robust. Never mind. The order's going in this week. A Traveller I think it is.
In the meantime, here's what I've been up to whilst watching a tv fest. This lot took me through most of The Return of the Mummy, part of Look Who's Talking and one and a half episodes of The Day of the Triffids.
The first piece is meant to be black but I had flash on and it reflected off the white paper. It looks a bit sci-fi to me so gets the thumbs up. I definitely have a casting off problem on the purple one - it looks too much like a banana but that'll get sorted when I do the piecing together for the blanket.