Knitting and stitching show – Olympia

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I had a busy weekend in London, travelling with my Mum and a friend to the knitting and stitching show in Olympia. I’ve been excited for weeks and I wasn’t disappointed!

There was so much to look at from cross stitch kits to quilts and balls of wool to sewing machines. Literally anything to do with knitting, crochet, sewing and more!

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I stopped at the UK Hand Knitting stall where they were asking people to stop and try crochet or knitting. They had volunteers helping anyone who was starting out, and they were asking people to knit or crochet squares that they can use for charity projects. I chose a nice bright colour and got to making a square straight away. I came away with a lovely little goodie bag from LoveKnitting.com.

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The show had advertised a competition for a knitted feast. I didn’t take part as knitting isn’t really my strongest point but I did enjoy looking at all the entries. They were so realistic!!

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After a long and tiring (but fun!) day out, we diverted our route home to go to China town and go and have dinner at the Chinese restaurant that my family have been going to since before I was even born! I stopped to take a quick look at the chinese lanterns from chinese new year. They looked so pretty!

It was a great day out and I’m already looking forward to the next show!

Back to basics

I wanted to share my basic essentials for anyone who is starting out or even for those who have been doing crotchet for years to compare with. I love to see other people’s favourites!

I have so many different hooks but I have got my favourite which I use for most projects. I don’t remember the make of it, but I came across it on our holiday to Isle of Wight last year. It’s really comfortable to hold and work with, plus it has that added benefit of being a little reminder of a lovely family holiday!

I like to use a nice sturdy pair of scissors to cut any loose ends. I found mine in a discount store. I don’t think they need to be fancy as long as they can cut yarn!

My stitch counters were a Christmas gift from last year. I don’t need to use them very often but I am so glad to have them when I take on a large project and need to count a lot of stitches. Without them I am always loosing count and having to start again!

I carry two needles in my pack. I tend to use the bigger of the two as it is much easier to thread the yarn through. Again, you don’t need to spend a lot here. I have had the same two needles since I started my first┬ábig┬áblanket over a year ago!

Now, no kit is complete without this last item… Yarn!I love to shop for yarn! I have so many to choose from but have taken a picture of white as it is what I am using at the moment for my corner to corner blanket. I’m sure I will have even more to choose from soon as I will be going to the knitting and stitching show Saturday!!! Exciting!!

What items do you have to have? Any favourites like my holiday hook? I’d love to know about your favourite essentials!

Getting organised

I always leave things like Christmas gifts till November and have a real panic of what to do for gifts. I like to take my time over people’s gifts and choose the perfect present for them. Obviously when I leave it till last minute I struggle and get stressed! So this year, I’m thinking about Christmas already….. And it is only February!! I will get organised for this year!

I like to make presents personal to each recipient and put a lot of thought into each one to make them individual. With that in mind, I have decided to make presents throughout the year and store them until the time comes to get festive and start the piles of wrapping.

I have been working on a blanket and cushion for one of my nieces. I’ve done lots of granny square blankets but this is the first time I have done it with hexagons. I was a bit nervous but it was really fun and came together well. I decided to do a cushion to match the blanket. It was another first for me as I haven’t done a cushion before but again it was a nice pattern and worked well.

I am so happy with the end result and can’t wait to wrap it beautifully for my niece to enjoy opening!