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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ally Pally and all That


Well, since I last posted, I've been extremely busy! When I've not been doing office work, I've been working on regular orders, a couple of custom orders for scissors fobs (one for Seahorse Claire which you can see here) and new items for Knitz & Glitz plus finishing off the last little bits of a pattern which, all being well, will appear in the March issue of Knitting magazine! What with all that and fitting in housework, cooking, etc, the last few weeks have seemed a bit like a whirlwind!

I did, however, manage to get to Ally Pally this year, not once, but twice! The first time was on the Thursday and then I went again on the Sunday.


I was relatively restrained with my purchases this year as regards quantity but I do believe I may have gone a bit overboard with the other 'q' as I decided that this year, quality would definitely overrule quantity. This only occurred to me after I espied a skein of Tilli Tomas Mariel's Crystals at Foreign Strand seductively winking at me and being all bedazzling in a Swarovski Crystal kind of way. After I'd succumbed and bought that one skein, I knew that I wasn't going to buy a whole load more yarny purchases! I couldn't wait to start knitting it and, after being told that one skein would make a scarf of reasonable length, I decided on a Japanese feather pattern and set to work.


Yes, (blushing a deep crimson red!) that is a second skein of the same you see in the photo. Problem was that the pattern I chose eats up the yarn like there's no tomorrow so it was a choice between coughing up for another skein or ripping it out and starting again in a plainer stitch. After much deliberation, I opted for the former telling myself that I've worked so hard over the last few months that I deserve a little bit of self spoiling and it will be my Xmas pressie to myself! So there! Nearly everything I knit is given away so it's only fair that, when I do get to keep something, it should be something worth keeping don't you think!?

Apart from another purchase for a gift which, therefore, needs to remain secret for the time being, the only other yarny purchase I made was this Clamshell Patchwork shawl Kit from 21st Century Yarns.


I also bought some of those gorgeous L Nichols handmade vintage glass buttons from Dixie who was there.


Mine were made by Dixie's father in the fifties. If you don't know about Lionel Nichols and his handmade buttons already, you can read all about it here. I was fascinated to learn that when, by the late sixties, buttons were no longer so 'in', Dixie's father then began to make costume jewellery for the hippy boutiques and was "a grandfather figure on the Kings Road and Carnaby Street".

When I went back to Ally Pally on Sunday, I spent most of the time in the Knit & Relax area where I said hello to Yvonne and met Wye Sue for the first time. I also met Gerard from IKnit London who had a table full of blue yarn for his Knit a River project.


I really enjoyed myself making a few squares towards the 'river' and, if you don't believe me, look at the photo here! (scroll down). The magazine in front of me in the photo is Yarn Forward (which is very good by the way) and the look of concentration on my face is because I was following one of the patterns for a Knit a River square published in the mag.

I've had lots of ideas for Knitz & Glitz over the last couple of weeks and one of them involves polymer clay, wood and a dash of rhinestones here and there!


Handmade knitting needles will be appearing in the Knitz & Glitz shop very soon. They will be available in dozens of designs including sheep, flowers, bees, frogs, seahorses, butterflies, snails, kitsch ones, bling ones with rhinestones or beads and the BIG BLING - think rhinestone encrusted. The plan is to offer them in a range of sizes and different types of wood including birch and to offer custom-made designs. So, if anyone wants a design that isn't there or wants something really personalised, they just need to use the contact link via Knitz & Glitz and their wish is our command as they say!

18 Comments:

  • At 5:52 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    NOW you're talking! I've been thinking of trying to make knitting needles but now I won't have to as you will do it for me ;) I really don't blame you for buying the TT yarn as you do work hard and it's about time you had something for yourself. It will be a special occasion every time you wear that scarf. It's gorgeous btw. Loving the Clam Shell Scarf and yarn too.

     
  • At 6:12 pm, Blogger Wye Sue said…

    I'm glad you came back for more on the Sunday !
    And you do deserve that scarf it is wonderful ;-)

     
  • At 7:24 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    Forgot to say how lovely Claire's scissor fob is :)

     
  • At 7:30 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    Well I just had to stop myself from shrieking when I saw you were making knitting needles with fancy ends - they look wonderful!

    Love the purchases from Ally Pally. In the end you had to get the second skein of TT, it's making such a gorgeous scarf :-)

     
  • At 8:15 pm, Blogger Piglottie said…

    Congratulations on getting into Knitting - well done! Tilli Tomas Mariel's Crystals ***bows in awe*** It looks stunning btw and I think a girl should treat herself!

    Glad to hear you are going to be doing some special needles as I've been hunting around for some Peace Fleece but cant get the size I want, so shall have a mooch over your way.

     
  • At 9:31 pm, Blogger Helen said…

    Nice haul :)

    Your feathered scarf is beautiful.

     
  • At 9:32 pm, Blogger Lizzy said…

    The Tilli Tomas scarf is absolutely beautiful. I was at Knit and Stitch on Thursday too and kept looking longingly at this yarn - wish I'd bought some now! We probably passed each other in the aisles.

     
  • At 12:20 am, Blogger Lyonheart said…

    Sublime scarf, you absolutely deserve it. Your knitting needles are a brill idea, I'm sure they'll fly off the shelves!

     
  • At 6:17 am, Blogger PURLPOWER said…

    You definitely made the right decision about the green silk, that scarf looks so beautiful and yes, why not treat yourself to your knitting for a change. I haven't seen that japanese stitch pattern before, is it from a stitch directory?

     
  • At 9:23 am, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    Tilli Thomas - uuuuuuuu (Homer Donut noise) Yes I think you are wise - quality - especially when you are working so hard - you deserve only the best Honey Bee. Your sparkling scarf will be a true reflection of the inner you!

     
  • At 1:14 pm, Blogger Marie said…

    that's a fantastic scarf and you totally deserve some luxurious knitting for yourself after all that charity knitting you've been doing. The scarf kit and buttons are beautiful too, i think you did very well finding quality things!

     
  • At 2:50 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    SEAHORSE NEEDLES??? Count me in!

    Love, love, love the fob - mine, all mine!

    Your purchases are great and you're quite right to spoil yourself for once.

    The buttons are fabulous too. I'll be buying some myself next time I have some 'me' cash I think. So special.

     
  • At 2:56 pm, Anonymous Dipsy D. said…

    I can't believe how amazing these needles are - and so is the scarf, gorgeous!

     
  • At 6:56 pm, Anonymous Silvia said…

    Keep your hands of the Sheep...they are mine!!!!!!!!! Just a thought..I don't know how good your painting skills are but how about some painting onto the needles of sorts?

     
  • At 8:03 pm, Blogger Rain said…

    The scarf is stunning - both the pattern and yarn - I think it does you good to spoil yourself once in a while. I'll have to get ordering from the shop to keep us both in bling!

    Claire's fob is lovely and I'm in love with the needles.

     
  • At 11:58 am, Blogger Kathleen said…

    You're Japanese feather scarf is shaping up beautifully.

     
  • At 7:53 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    So what is the TT like to knit with? It looks lovely but I wondered whether the crystals might make it harder to use?

     
  • At 11:04 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    The TT yarn is just gorgeous and you so deserve that wonderful scarf - you do right to treat yourself.

    The needles idea is fantastic and I would like to suggest cat needles too...

     

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