The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show was a hive of activity for me this year. I’ve already talked about the various exhibitions that I enjoyed, hanging out on the Sincerely Louise stall, as well as some of the vendors. Now for the next instalment!
The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2015
More vendors galore today! Grab a cup of tea, it’s a long one for your pleasure. Enjoy yourself and feel free to contact me either using the Plutonium Muffins form, or via email using my address, corrie[at]plutoniummuffins.com.
I was very keen to check out the knitting aid, and give it a go too. A new invention by David Hill, this is a gadget that is designed to help knitters with arthritis, by taking the weight of one’s knitting and allowing the main work to be done by the gadget. You can find out more about it here. I did give it a go, but I wasn’t too sure about it. I suspect it would take a bit of getting used to, and I would have to learn to hold my needles in a different way to the present position.
The story behind the aid is what makes me so eager to watch what happens with it, and I am looking forward to seeing David in the future.
This is a yarn company based in Twickenham – it used to have a bricks and mortar store, but has since become online only. At this show, they launched a new range of yarns – Plump. The yarn was wonderful and soft, and they had an incredible blanket sample knitted up which made me want to forget about budget and splurge!
I somehow missed taking a photograph of the fabulous blanket, but you can find Mrs Moon’s patterns here. I didn’t make note of what it was called either. I will send them an email and chastise myself later.
A new-to-me yarn and fibre company, Natali Stewart excelled in the area of silk. With a huge selection of colours and blends, roving, dyed but otherwise unprocessed locks, skeins of yarn, bricks of silk…this was a luxury fibre dream. Again, I could have bought so many things from Natali, who was lovely – you can find out more here.
I was very eager to have a root around through a big pile of dyed Wensleydale locks (I believe), but I resisted as I knew I would not be able to resist. However, if you are a spinner and you come upon Natali’s stand at a show, have a look. You won’t regret it.
Redhound for Dogs
Next up was Redhound for Dogs, a company which designs kits, patterns and accessories for dogs. They are at every show I go to, just about, and their kits are a delight. I asked if they did one for a cocker spaniel sized dog and was told that those types of dogs don’t need clothes…I beg to differ, but fair enough!
The range they design for is for small, slim-type dogs such as whippets, jack-russels and so forth. Find out more here. If I ever decide I need to make knitwear for a dog, this is probably where I will go to find it.
Sheep on Mars
There was one reason I headed for the Sheep on Mars stand – the name! Everyone knows that Plutonium Muffins is based on the idea of a muffin shop on Pluto (what do you mean you didn’t know that?!) and I wanted to say hi to my intergalactic neighbours. The added bonus was that the stand was lovely!
Natasha is a dyer with some gorgeous yarns, fibres and products to admire – I am so pleased I made a point of going over to meet her. Find her Etsy shop here. She has not been going for very long, and has a very supportive partner who is helping her get going. I can’t wait to get some fibre from her.
The Little Knitting Company
This vendor was also, somehow, new to me. The stand was located just opposite Louise, and I spent much of the weekend admiring the displays of Soak, the wool-friendly detergent. Once I decided to go and check them out, I was delighted by the range of fuzzy yarns, stitch markers and knitting kits available. Of particular interest were the juggling ball kits!
The prices were also reasonable, in my opinion, and this is where I nearly fell down on my resolution not to buy any extra yarn. You can fall down too – go here.
With my new fascination for felt, I spent some time chatting to Andrea over at Art Felt, a company which produces kits for creating products using a combination of wet and dry felting. I loved this idea! Even better, Andrea is passionate about sharing ideas and knowledge, and I am excited to see how my relationship with her develops! You can find her kits here – be sure to check out the hedgehogs.
That’s all for now! Check back tomorrow for the final instalment on the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2015, and on Thursday for a fabulous giveaway from one of my favourite fibre companies.