I went mad in Harrogate

Harrogate isn’t the sort of place to go mad, normally.  It’s a spa town with a reputation for being quite posh and a bit twee.  But once a year when thousands of women descend on the conference centre for the four day Knitting and Stitching Show, it’s easy to get led astray.  And I was.  Big time.

I visited the show last Sunday and came away with 1.2kg of yarn.  And that’s after making a resolution, only a few weeks ago, not to buy any more until I had got my stash down to a sensible level.  All I can say in my defence is at least I didn’t buy any fabric.

Some of the yarn is acid yellow.  How mad is that?  But I think it will look fabulous with dark grey.

extra-merino-1And the worst of it is, the very next day my dear husband’s sister dropped a large hint that her own DH needs a woolly hat for Christmas, and could I possibly knit a cowl for her stepdaughter too, and said stepdaughter’s daughter would like a new hat as well, so as not to feel left out.  The colour and fibre-content requirements for all three items are very specific and I don’t have any suitable yarn.  (Proof, if any were needed, that no matter how big your yarn/fabric stash is, you always need more.)  So now I’m going to have to go round all the local yarn shops to see if I can find what’s wanted, and then get knitting.

My own knitting project, the Saint Remy jumper, will have to go on hold until all this Christmas knitting is done.

st-remy-3But I have finished the tote bag I was sewing.

finished-bagI’m going to give it to the wife/stepmother/step-grandmother of the other recipients (when it’s had a darn good press), then the whole family will have a handmade Christmas from me.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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