I have to admit I was very envious when pairiemouse went to New York and even more when I saw what she had bought. But who needs New York when they have the Knitting and Stitching Show in Birmingham I say. I mean look how quickly I got there - two hours on the train. It cost next to nothing - well £17 actually and no arriving at the station two hours before AND I could take my knitting with me and do it on the train. Instead of watching a film I got to listen to peoples very important mobile phone conversations that couldn't wait until they arrived at their destinations. But best of all was the ease with which one got off the train, out of the station and practically glided to the Exhibition centre on the elevated walkway thing - even if it did seem to take ages. No I say Birmingham everytime I'm afraid!
I'm a sucker for Indian sparkly things and so are the children at school. I thought the birds might be nice on a bag or felted picture and I have just found out how to do proper shisha mirror embroidery hence the little mirrors.
Then I saw lots and lots of books but managed to buy just one and these knitting needles:
The book has the most gorgeous photographs inside and talks about the different crafts in various states in India. There were knitting needles galore - Lantern Moons which were to die for but I just went for these 2.5mm Brittany ones as I know I'd get a lot of use out of them.
Then I was tempted by fabric galore but came home with just these:
Aren't they sweet? No plans for them yet because my mind was taken over by this purchase which I started as soon as I got to my Mum and Dad's house later:
I have loved these curlycue scarves ever since I saw them on someone's blog and then I came across Alpaca Select at the show and they were selling the wool and a pattern and I couldn''t resist - especially this colour. Now I will tell you more about this scarf cos you have to make one believe me but it's Sunday morning and I have to do breakfast, make the weekly loaf and start lunch so I'll be back with more pics of the scarf and patterns later.
Oh, I did buy other bits and bobs too like a bobbin tidy thing, something to stand my cotton reels on, a bead box and the funniest thing of all. I sat down to eat my sarnie next to a woman, a couple of women she knew crowded around her and one of them said to me after a while 'I know you from somewhere'. I don't think so I said as I live miles away in blah-de-blah. So do I she said and so did all of them. They were from the local embroiderer's guild group and spend the next ten minutes persuading me to come along to their gathering on Friday night! Must dash...........