Knitting & Stitching Show, Ally Pally & Great Little Gifts winner
The winner of the Great Little Gifts to Knit giveaway is .... drumroll.... da, da, da, da ... da...da... Eileen Maga! Many congrats, Eileen, as soon as I get your snail mail address the book will be on its way.
I enjoyed my flying visit to Ally Pally for the Knitting & Stitching Show on Saturday, despite the East Coast train service. Just before P and I were due to arrive at Kings Cross, apparently there was a complete power failure at Finsbury Park so all the signals were down. After about an hour the driver decided to cautiously backtrack the 2 miles to Alexandra Palace station, where there was said to be power and we could await further news out of harm's way. When we got there I mistakenly thought that we might be allowed to disembark, but no, the guard said the platform wasn't long enough for a high speed train so the doors remained firmly shut. Out of the window, a stone's throw away, was Ally Pally, the place I should have been - on the GMC stand meeting knitters and signing books... very frustrating!!!
|Jolly taxi parked outside, sadly not ours|
|Beauty on both sides|
|Knitting with recycled materials|
|Craft + activism = Craftivism|
|A workshop in progress, learning recycling skills|
|This stand was rocking all day!|
|These are slightly more out there|
|Wool & the Gang|
Beautiful and creative textile art abounded - it would take all four days just to see it all...
|Margaret G Nicholson|
|Susan Chapman & Terrie Hitchcock: Evidence of Bodies|
And the little ones were well catered for also, with Toft Alpacas fabulous display of soft toys.
|I love this huge elephant head, good for old and young kids!|
I was so relieved that we didn't have to get back on the train that evening. Instead we were met by our friend Peter and taken off for one of the best Indian meals I've ever tasted. We spent a lovely chilled evening catching up and putting the world to rights, before steeling ourselves for the train home in the morning.