On Friday I went by train to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Birmingham. This is a new venue for it and it was very quiet there, which I appreciated because I could have a good look at the exhibits and stalls without having to jostle my way to the front.
I liked two of the exhibitors in particular – Barbara Lee Smith, an American whom I had not come across before. Her work, a series called Mapping the Mystery, is on the front of this brochure:
The other one is Jae Maries, who had made a series of life-sized figures, very quirky and lifelike.
As usual, I made quite a few purchases!
A book by Maggie Grey on Paint Shop Pro – I have looked through this and it looks useful, so hopefully you will see some effects in the future on the images in my blog!
One stall was selling strings and strings of coloured precious stones. These are the ones I bought – the orange ones are carnelian, I think. I’ve forgotten the name of the green ones. And, of course, a spiral!
I haven’t got any wooden knitting needles so I thought I’d buy a couple of sets to try them. And some cashmere sock yarn from Hipknits.
There was a stall selling alpaca yarn and fibre. I got a few samples to try using it in feltmaking. I love the softness of it – I must buy some actual yarn sometime. I want a good waistcoat pattern but can’t find one, but I would love to knit one in this yarn. Anyone know any, preferably free on the Internet? Fairly long? What do you call waistcoats in the US?