I’ve had a day out at the Knitting and Stitching Show which is held in Harrogate every November. For once I didn’t buy anything – I’m on a yarn diet – I just had a good look round, chatted to lots of people, bumped into a few friends and acquaintances and feasted my eyes on the wonderful displays of craftwork in the textile galleries. I was looking out for fabric to make seat cushions for our new window seat, but the show’s fabric stalls were focused on dressmakers’ and quilters’ needs rather than furnishing fabric. (More about the window seat next time.)
One of the first things visitors to the show saw on walking through the main entrance was this wall of woolly animals made from Toft’s natural fibre yarns. I bet they felt as good as they looked, but touching this fabulous display would probably not have been welcomed.
I had a play at freehand machine embroidery on the Brother stand and couldn’t believe how easy it is on a modern sewing machine. I didn’t even need to use an embroidery hoop, just a horseshoe-shaped device with a grippy underside that Brother call a free motion guide grip. You simply hold it at each side and push down lightly to keep the fabric/wadding sandwich taut while sliding it around under the foot. When you’ve filled the horseshoe with stippling, motifs or whatever, all you need do is pause the machine for a moment while you slide a fresh area under the needle and relocate the horseshoe device around it. I’m not ready to replace my trusty Bernina yet, but when I do Brother will definitely be on my shortlist.
Away from the show, I’m continuing to knit the Dreambird shawl. About half the weight of the Crazy Zauberball has been used up and I’m 10 feathers in, so I reckon I’m half way. I was hoping to be wearing this in time for a few pre-Christmas outings, but at this rate it’ll be New Year before it’s done.