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Knitting kNirvana

 

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A totally fab building

 

Or… how I went to Ally Pally and nearly lost my mind.

Regular readers will know that some time ago I took up knitting.

I’m not that good at it – but I really like it.

So – a friend told me about this Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace.

I must go, she said. It is the home of all things knitting… sewing and quilting as well – but it was the knitting that mattered to me.

So I went.

It was my first visit to Ally Pally – what a fabulous building – with a great history.

I shall be back at another time when I can give the building it’s due respect… That just wasn’t possible on this trip, because once I got inside – there was nothing but the wool…

 

There were a few brave men there - but not many
There were a few brave men there – but not many

 

 

Acres of it…

 

Gorgeous colours
Gorgeous colours

 

Rainbows of it…

 

There was too much to select just one...
There was too much to select just one…

 

 

Crying credits cards of it. (Despite the fabulous half price show specials).

 

That's me in the striped top - just getting started
That’s me in the pink striped top – just getting started

 

I dived right in – although not as literally as some.

 

This was at 11 am - too early in the day for him to be napping
This was at 11 am – too early in the day for him to be napping

 

 

I’m still learning this knitting thing – who knew you could knit a hedgehog…

 

I never knew hedgehogs came in orange and blue
I never knew hedgehogs came in orange and blue

 

Or a car…

 

How many hours did it take to knit this?
How many hours did it take to knit this?

 

Or that you could make a portrait with a sewing machine.

 

Puts a whole new spin on 'portraits
Puts a whole new spin on ‘portraits

 

I had a wonderful time – and yes I bought wool. Only four projects worth of it – plus a couple of patterns, and some yarn I needed to finish something already underway.

 

My shiny pink RNA conference bag proved as good at holding wool as it was at holding books
My shiny pink RNA conference bag proved as good at holding wool as it was at holding books

 

Here’s a confession – I took three carry bags – and needed all of them to bring my haul home. Next year, I may need to take four.