Knit and Stitch Show Harrogate 24/11/12

Right, before I was rudely interrupted by rising flood water (at one point my boyfriend was finding the glee by pointing out that we had a moat. Unfortunately I was more concerned about the newly installed indoor paddling pool where the kitchen used to be) I was going to write an update on the Knit and Stitch Show I attended in Harrogate on Saturday.

OMG the absolute yarn love! You walked in to a huge hall (well, four huge halls) full of exhibition stands, mostly sales but some proper exhibits of work and right through all those was a community project linking sleeping bags left at festivals with homeless people via some sewing crafty type alterations and then a giant area with classes and demonstrations.

People milling round the stalls.

There were some gorgeous things like this Queen of Hearts costume:

And this knitted wedding dress:

 

Which would probably cause comments on your big day. Then there were slightly kookier stuff like this:

 

That’s all cross stitch, done by a guy called Mr X Stitch who had some really cool stuff, my favourite being this rhino head:

It’s all felted and cool lol. There was in general a lot of cool things. Although not much in the way of amigurumi, and even the ones that were there were knitted, like these:

 

Or these finger puppets:

 

Although credit where credit is due, the knitted ami’s did extend to a knitted village:

 

Complete with my favourite bit, a knitted fire station:

 

There was also a knitted person getting run over by a knitted car but I didn’t photograph that!

And topping even that there was an exhibition of knitted childhood books including a six foot long Very Hungry Caterpillar:

 

And an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Scene:

 

I really wish I could give credit for all these excellent things, but I was snapping away all gleefully, and forgot to make a note of the artists – if anyone identifies anything give me a shout!

So, what did I contribute personally to the show? Well, a couple of things actually!

Firstly, I learnt to knit and made a sweet:

 

Ok, not my best work, but I’ve not knitted in years and even then I only did it for a week or so!

And even better – remember my ami Clanger? I worked into her and created a mini Christmas angel:

 

which I entered into Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Knit or Sew a Clanger Competition, where there was a prize from the best, and then all the clangers were being sold off at the show to raise funds. I didn’t win (I didn’t expect to though) but according to a lovely email I got today she sold first out of any of them – the lady who emailed me was a member of staff at YCR and said that she’d been disappointed because she’d wanted her and asked for the pattern so she could try make her own. I linked her to my blog and worked out the edits to email back too, which I might even get round to posting at some point lol. I was chuffed because I wasn’t really a fan of her, but looking back actually she turned out ok. And here she is with the rest of the entries:

 

The green one over to the back right won – it’s a clanger dressed as a Christmas tree. Next year I’m going to learn to knit specifically so I can take part in this competition again. Congrats to all the entries if any of you stumble to my corner of the internet, and what a great way to raise money for a great cause!

And finally in my round up of epicness, the crunch reason for attending – the swag! I bought a fair few things including some gorgeous tealy blue wool (which I have no clue what I will make with but the colour was too lovely to resist); a 3.5mm bamboo crochet hook (which I’ve been after for ages – it’s lovely and smooth to work with, although I might need to craft a grip for it); a 2mm metal crochet hook with a proper handle (because I keep bending my unhandled one); some expensive glow in the dark thread and some cheap but nice material for two uni projects. I resisted the urge to buy some interesting looking metallicy plasticy coated yarn because although the price was reasonable I really had no clue what I would ever use it for (although I really REALLY wanted it for the sake of prettiness). I also did not buy a 20mm crochet hook:

 

Or a pair of ridiculously large knitting needles:

 

BUT DEAR GOD DID I WANT TO!

A gallery of my photos is included below, there’re some I haven’t included in the body if you want to see more highlights.