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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stitch Fest Success

Stitch Fest, held last weekend in Totnes in Devon, was a great success. I didn't have a stall at this show because I was teaching three classes. I stayed with a friend who lives nearby for the weekend. On Saturday, my friend and I enjoyed looking around all the stalls. I managed to visit a couple of stalls I'd missed at Yarndale in September and I got some goodies.

The first stall I visited was Rosie's Moments. Recently I designed a wedding shawl for the lovely Amy (this will be published in the next couple of weeks) and Rosie dyed the yarn for Amy's shawl. All their yarns were beautiful but I ended up choosing two skeins of a BFL/Donegal Nep blend. Both yarns have the same green in it, so I may combine them for a shawl. I also got a Kitchener stitch key ring. This keyring has the kitchener stitch sequence for grafting stocking stitch. I know how to do this and I can almost do it in my sleep but when I teach sock knitting workshops, I know lot of people struggle to remember the kitchener sequence so I thought sharing this in my future workshops would be a good idea.

Almost right next door was Truly Hooked (Etsy shop). There was a wall of bright colours to choose from. I didn't know what to get so ran back at lunchtime on Sunday to grab a couple of skeins. I ended up choosing a skein of Yak Sock (merino/nylon/yak blend) (on the right) and a skein of Yak Singles (merino/silk/yak) which feels luscious. The Yak Singles will definitely be a shawl. I'm keen on bigger shawls these days, so I may mix it with something but haven't decided what yet. 

I also got a pair of cutters from the Social Fabric shop and two little pouches (with a key ring) from Pickle-Lily. I'm using one in my handbag to hold some business cards. Not decided what to use ther other one for yet. The print in the background of my photos is from the Stitch Fest tote. Totnes is a lovely town with lots of independent shops. The show was right in the centre of the town and the weather was beautiful.

After a tasty lunch with my friend, I headed to teach my first workshop which was Professional Finishing Techniques. I had a very full class of lovely ladies who worked very hard and we managed to cover almost everything I do in a full day class in a 3 hour class.

On Sunday I taught two classes. In the morning we did Lace Knitting and in the afternoon it was Continental Knitting. Both classes were very busy.  I met some ladies who've been to my classes before but I also met lots of new knitters which was fantastic.

I was impressed with how well organised the show was and I really enjoyed my workshops. Saj and Caroline from Social Fabric and all their helpers did a fab job. I'm already looking forward to next year. I'll be back at Social Fabric in early 2017 to teach more classes - Knitting in the round on 27 January and Top Down Socks on 7 February.

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