To say my weekend was eventful is an understatement. I got to visit with some lovely sewists in Birmingham on Saturday and go to a craft fair on Sunday. I was lucky to have the chance to work at the Ray Stitch stall at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace. I really wanted to go to the show but felt £10 was a bit steep to pay for a fair. But my expectations were beyond met. The venue was fabulous. Alexandra Palace is located in north London in Muswell Hill. When I studied abroad in London ten years ago I lived in the neighborhood and never paid Ally Pally a visit. For shame! But at least I’ve made up for it. Just look at how beautiful she is.
Once inside you come upon meters and meters of bunting hanging from the ceiling: gorgeous. Definitely have to add bunting to my to-do list.
I couldn’t believe how busy the show was. There were people everywhere and with reason. There were hundreds and hundreds of stalls everywhere. There were stalls selling all types of sewing machines, knitting accessories, haberdashery, fabrics, embroidery materials, magazine subscriptions, and so much more!
Here’s Ray chatting with a customer. Her fabric bundles were a huge hit.
Two stalls by Ray’s were run by Fabrics Galore. They have a great shop in south London, in the Battersea/Clapham area to be exact. One stall was dedicated to mostly Liberty fabrics. It was very popular.
I waited until the crowds died down in the evening before browsing through all their bolts of fabrics. I did come away with some beautiful teal corduroy.
All the pretty yarns everywhere made me decide that I want to give knitting a second try. I tried to learn in my early 20s and found I lacked the patience. I like to think I have gained quite a bit in the last couple of years and am ready to take on the challenge. I picked up a knitting goodie bag that had some knitting patterns and needles in them. Now all I need is some pretty wool.
Aside from all the vendors were some artists displaying their works. A nice touch and change of pace from the rest of the show. I really enjoyed seeing all the various works.
The Knitting and Stitching Show was amazing. I had a fabulous time and would definitely go again, even if it means forking over £10 or so for a ticket (am I the only person who thinks paying an entrance fee for a craft show ridunkculous?). As for Ally Pally, I’m in love with you. Cannot wait to go back to picnic and go ice skating there.