|Mary & Me at the Big Knit Innocent Stand|
So I decided this post would be about a recent event - the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) in Dublin last weekend. I won two tickets in an online competition on the Innocent Ireland Big Knit page which didn't even seem like a competition as all I had to do was post a comment who I'd bring to the Knitting and Stitching Show. I wrote that in a wishlist I'd bring my mother who taught me to knit, and Jany my D-i-L who I taught to crochet and who has been blitzing everything with her craft ever since, and as she's in Spain I would then love to bring my Knitting Circle knitters. So I was delighted to get the email telling me I'd won - then I had a reason to go! The Knitting and Stitching Show (Facebook too) is a UK venture that puts on 3 shows every autumn - a London one in Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) in October, this one in Dublin in November, and the final one in Harrogate also in November. They bring over a lot of exhibitors from the UK but there is a huge Irish craft element to this show, which gives the best of both worlds.
|Patchwork quilt on show|
|Zoe Williams Needle Felting - Saola and Rhino|
It was a great day, and as Mary is interested in Patchwork Quilting and my interest is in knitting and crochet, we were well served. As well as drooling over the wonderful displays and exhibitions of various crafts and some graduate shows from the art and design colleges, we were able to indulge our wishlist fantasies and get some stuff we mightn't be able to find in our local yarn shops. The Limerick Prison Quilt project was very good, and we were amazed at the multimedia element of some of the work, like the felted cables from a GMIT student. I saw some new crafts I had never heard of like Luceting which seems a bit of a cross between Macrame and French Knitting! Also saw some marvellous silk felting by Limerick-based Kate Ramsey which was a new concept for me but looks amazing!
|Limerick Prison Quilt Project|
|NCAD 2nd Year textile structures|
|With Rosemary The Constant Knitter|
We hit the road home at 5pm and stopped for food at the Midway where we had lovely Thai chicken curry, and snoozed in between showing off and admiring our purchases on the bus. Next year the Tuesday Knitters from Lismore Design Workshop will organise our own bus and look forward to another good day out.
To conclude on the school theme - in the time-honoured words of the annual school essay - we arrived home tired but happy!
Scroll down to see a gallery of photos of the day.
|Mary with crafty mags!|
|Mary gets some fat quarters (quilter's lingo)|
|some great Innocent Hats|
|more cute hats|
|My KnitPro cable sock needles|
|Matching hats - mine and the smoothie!|
|Amazing Knitted Village|
|Granny Square bag idea!|
|Kate Ramsey Fabulous Felt (Silk)|
|Knitting Stash Heaven! Bargains galore.|