March- in like a lion……

March has been crazy- great shows at Glasgow and Olympia and now the pressure’s on to get Alex’s wedding organised as well as her  bar shower scheduled for  early May.
Both Glasgow and Olympia were my best shows ever at these venues. Unfortunately for next year,the organisers have scheduled these events for the same date. Hopefully they will get it sorted out so 1 changes date.

Savannah spent  some time with me in Glasgow on break from Uni in Edinburgh. I don’t think she’s knit for at least 3 years but even she was inspired. Grabbing a skein of chunky alpaca merino and with a brief  re-lesson on casting on with circular needles, she knit this great headband ( finished during the ride back to Edinburgh)

My  friend Liz from Heartfelt by Liz was there with her stunning felted wraps, brooches etc and these amazing corsages:

Somehow, I don’t think Alex will bite however unfortunately.

I spent some time talking to the lovely Yulia from Silkfelten Collection who is responsible for the fab mermaid and not the codpieces she was quick to say..

Finally thanks to my helper Vanessa who was just fantastic!

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This weekend I’m at Create Henley on Saturday and Sunday in the Town Hall- Henley on Thames . Drop by if you’re in the area!

Crochet a Granny Square Skirt-save a bundle

I spotted this Christopher Kane crochet skirt in the July issue of Elle. It can be yours for a mere $1300

or you can have the cashmere version for about $2000:

I would happily work up one of these in your choice of yarn and colour at a huge savings, or do it yourself and save a fortune. Please send me any pics of your creations…….

london fashion week and ganseys

The centrepiece of Meadham and Kirchoff’s collection at London Fashion Week was 40 pieces of gansey inspired knitwear created by a group of mainly Moray knitters under the guidance of Di Gilpin. Here is one picture, but is worth checking out more:

The new Scotsman reported today- “At one point, Ms Gilpin called in the services of Miriam Tegels, a Dutchwoman who is the fastest knitter in the world.

“We got on the train at Waverley Station and we knitted all the way down to London,” said Ms Gilpin, who with another Scots knitter enjoyed a few glasses of champagne ahead of yesterday’s runway show and declared the finished event: “absolutely fabulous”. Ms Gilpin, who runs her own knitwear design company, said: “The designers have taken a huge risk in using traditional gansey knit stitchwork on the catwalk, believing in the importance to fashion in making things that are enduring, creative and inspirational.”

On a personal note, I’ve spent the past 6 weeks travelling and exhibiting at regional stitch and craft shows which has been great fun but exhausting. I am really looking forward to my first show at Unravel in Farnham Maltings this weekend!

A new use for 80’s ski sweaters

Spotted in the Joseph window on the Fulham Road today- it took us a second to figure out .

My first thought was short knitted leggings- even worse than knitted lampshades. But then I realized they were sweaters turned upside down with the arms on the legs and presumably hemmed through the neck. I seriously hope this a trend my daughters do not pick up on, although I do have lots of old heavy ski sweaters that could now be put to  better use.

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