Friday, September 15, 2006

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Yesterday, Mum and I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The journey should have taken about an hour and a half but actually took three and a half hours! We left home at 7.30am in plenty of time to catch the 8.19 train... or so we thought. We'd allowed for the road works in Worcester but not for the stupidity of the people managing it who, in their wisdom, put a set of temporary traffic lights on either side of a permanent set of traffic lights. They were not synchronised. Can you say chaos? The 15-20 minute car trip to the station took 50 minutes which meant we just missed our train.

Except that the trains were delayed due to signal failure! We were supposed to be meeting Sue on the train but she had eventually given up and drove. Mum and I caught the first train that came along. It was, in the words of the conductor, the 'severely delayed 6.45am train to Shirley'. Errr yup! We caught it at about 8.40. It was very slow, stopping at all stations and we got as far as Stourbridge and they told us it was terminating and we had to get a coach the rest of the way. Got off train, went over to coaches, grumpy, harrassed drivers told us they were going back to Worcester. Finally, an annoucement came over the PA system about 15 minutes later that said the train at Platform 2 was the train to Birmingham. You guessed it, the very same train we had just got off!

We eventually got to the NEC at 11am and, after a restorative coffee and whinge, were ready for the shopping!

We stopped first at the Knit and Relax stand to say hi to Sue and Fred and swap travel horror stories. :-) Then it was off to the stands. Mum shopped for Britain! For once she spent more than I did, an event unheard of in the annals of our craft show history. :-)

On to the important things! My purchases.

060915-8Wildfoote sock yarn from Get Knitted.

060915-9Regia Bamboo from Web of Wool.

060915-10Fortissima also from Web of Wool.

060915-12Lovely Hipknits silk.

060915-13Procion MX fibre reactive dyes for plant fibres from Art Van Go.

060915-16Alpaca fibre from UK Alpaca. Wish I'd bought more of this! The bag actually contains 200 gms. The little pack on the front is just a colour sample.

I also bought some Brittany Birch 2.25mm dpns, a 2.5mm 30cm long Addi circ and a 5mm 80cm long Addi circ.

060915-14The 5mm Addi is already in use in my Clapotis. I'm knitting it with Rowan Tapestry. The only thing I don't like about it is the rogue peachy colour close to the beginning. I know the stripes are wider there because there are fewer stitches but so far that colour hasn't repeated and it looks odd! Ah well, I'm not frogging it!

The second Regia silk sock is close to being finished so look forward to an FO hopefully tomorrow... unless I get sidetracked by some of the new goodies!

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