On Friday 15th February I went to the Stitch & Creative Craft Show – at Cheltenham Racecourse .
I had been 2 years ago with my girls, it was then half term holidays, and bought some nice fabric, threads and seen demonstrations of spinning and weaving.
This Friday my 2 eldest had a teacher training day, so no school and I thought it would be a nice girly day out, as there was a lot for cardmaking, which they enjoy. But it's never that simple.
First they had to decide if they'd rather come with me or go ice skating or shopping with their friends. There was a point when they agreed one of them would come with me, it felt like they were going to be sacrificed.
At the end they both came, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
But I realised they got more attention than me when men, and especially young men were working in some of the shops. They are 13 and 12, nearly as tall as me, and I'm not getting younger I suppose.
Anyway back to the show, there was no fabric at all, apart from one shop. there was only one place that sold a bit of silk embroidery thread. There was a few knitting shops, and I did buy some balls to make more fun scarfs. All the rest was for cardmaking, and there was a few odd shops that sold a brush for hairy pets!!, a broom!!.
We shared the car with 2 friends who were interested in specific items for cardmaking, and they didn't find what they were looking for. They were also a bit disappointed.
There was still the weavers guild, patchwork and quilting guilds, knitting guild, and that was nice.
The only discovery was that there was a dried flower guild, and my 2 daughters made some key rings with dried flowers inside. They adore them.
So the only nice shop was Five Valleys Design. The lady had fabric, books and patterns from Amy Butler ( so nice but I resisted so far, but might go back to her website), and she had, between other things, Rowan knitting yarns and patterns. I bought 2 balls and have started my first sock...and I need to do a pair.
I am not sure the top will be very tight around the leg. We will see. I enjoy doing this.
The thread changes colour randomly creating the stripes. No thinking on my part, that's a bonus, I can knit in front of the TV, up to the point when I will have to do my first heel.
I'll keep you posted.