These pictures were taken mid afternoon when the crowds had thinned out a bit in the largest exhibition hall. When i arrived around 11am the aisles were full of people.
In addition to the main hall there were two smaller halls and as well as sales stalls there were fashion exhibitions and colleges and guilds promoting themselves too.
Here's my entire London haul, which wasn't all from the show as I visited London yarn shop, Loop, the day before the show. There was a bit of a red/purple thing going on in London.
Shilasdair sell gorgeous cashmere yarns and I got a cone of a purple cashmere blend (on the left) dk. It was cheaper to buy it on a cone than in a skein. I'm planning to knit a hat and maybe a cowl for Christmas in Norway. The other 3 cones are merino 2ply which I'll either use for machine knitting or lace knitting. I'm swatching with the red at the moment.
I ran into Ruth and Belinda who are from Exeter so we're almost neighbours. They gave me a skein of their 'Light Kiss' sock yarn which is a blend of merino and silk and is actually the same base yarn as my Supreme Sock, but I didn't realise that till I got back to the hotel. I do like it in this undyed version though. Very pretty.
There were some American companies there I'd heard about but never seen in person before and one of them was the Buffalo Wool Company. This skein is a bison and silk blend and is very luxurious and soft. I quickly cast on for a little shawl but I've had to put it on hold to concentrate on a deadline sweater.
I got some non-yarn related items too. The Textile Garden had a stall and I always stock up on their buttons when I see them at shows. I just choose a selection of random buttons in colours i like. That way I always have a great button stash to choose from when I design. the fabric covered buttons are from 'House of Alistair'. He does amazing fabric covered buttons and other cute haberdashery items. I could have bought a lot more than I did.
And I couldn't resist buying this yarn themed Christmas cards. isn't it cute? All my knitting friends will be getting these yarny Christmas cards this year.
I've had dpn tubes before but they were getting a bit worn out so when I spotted these at Tall Yarns n Tales I jumped at the chance to replace them. They stop your dpns from poking through your knitting bag. I also got this cute pink crochet hook from a company called Tulip. Never seen these hooks before and they did a set of several sizes and I really wanted one but I decided it was better to buy a single hook to try out before I splashed out on a set.