Better late than never! A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely time visiting the Rheged Knit and Stitch Show and started this post as soon as I got home. Alas I never got to finish it then and I got sidetracked by turning my spare room into a design studio/study/craft room and of course Easter. Here are a few of the stands and items that caught my eye.
Fabric Affair collate their bundles of Donegal Tweed on a mouthwatering range of colours. They also design and produce a range of kits including cushions, owls and a scarecrow. Find them at http://www.fabricaffair.co.uk/the-affair
I love Fi Oberon's cute felted penguins, leaping hare and other animals along with her natural dyed fleece. We had a chat about woodturning, a craft that she is enjoying now and that I used to do in my early twenties. Her book The Natural World of Needle Felting is available from Waterstones
Di Gilpin's yarns and pattern designs are really gorgeous. I bought a pattern and jumper's-worth of yarn in a harebell colour here which will be the subject of a future post. I was just telling her that I would be knitting it whilst on holiday on Islay next month when she pulled out the pattern for my choice of cardi and I saw that she had named it Islay! That made us giggle. I already have my eye on a couple of other colours for more projects especially the mossy green. You can check out Di's website here
Hooked By Design produce a range of folk art style hooking kits with a soft range of colours and vintage feel. The crochet bag kit in the photo below is now one of my objects of desire.
Who wouldn't want a Knitnatterbanterbrocante holiday in south west France! Jaki from Messengers cottage workshops can arrange it all for you along with workshops in Skipton on slow stitching, knitting, dyeing, wabbits (photo below), book binding, textile taxidermy and a whole lot more. Jaki also uses natural dyes to produce her Hot Butter Yarns.
The zingy vibrant colours of the WooSheeps stand stopped me in my tracks. These lovely people from Galloway have converted an old greenhouse at the bottom of their garden into a dyeing workshop. Their packs of gradient colours yarns are another of my objects of desire.
The Knitting Gift Shop is full of ideas and kits and items for any knitters wish list
Back downstairs I caught up with Leah Halliday's colourful vintage-look stand full of quirky ideas. I love the idea of her Create Escapes and Sew Sew Pretty workshops.