So, I was planning on resting on Saturday, and then going to Ally Pally on Sunday but by the time Saturday morning rolled around, I was ready to go. I took the tube all the way to zone 3, then the free shuttle from the tube to Alexandra Palace where the knitting and stitching festival was being held.
Amazing. There were so many people, I hardly knew what to do! So I bought a ticket (11 pounds for students. expensive, but who cares. There’s yarn!).
I wandered around for a bit looking at all the yarn. Sooo much yarn.
And I’m not kidding when I say this picture is about a third of the pile. There was a LOT of yarn.
So of course, I bought some. I was there for a few hours and managed not to spend all of my money. So, lets see what I bought!
Everything I bought for me was sock yarn, as usual. Here are the ones I can’t remember who I bought them from:
I love these colors, they’re just so fun. I also bought these two,
I don’t know what I’ll do with them just yet, but I’ll figure something out.
I bought yarn to make a present, and match one of the skeins from Canterbury
I have pictures of the yarn from Canterbury yarn, I’ll show those in a bit. But for now, this is the stuff I’m really proud of. I found a stand for Socktopus. The yarn was amazing. They just started up about a month ago. Seriously people, if she has the sock yarn you want, buy it from her. Especially if you’re in the UK (that’s really the point of the site, but everyone should still support her!). Anyway, here’s what I bought:
Cherry Tree Hill Potluck in Jewels. I’ve been tempted to buy this yarn online for a very long time, and now I have some. YAY! I also bought this:
Hand Maidens Casbah. This was the last skein she had when I got there. It was fate, I’m sure of it. This yarn is amazing! It is the only skein I haven’t wound yet. I don’t know if I have a pattern worthy of it. It’s so beautiful!
I also bought a pair of Crystal Palace double points because I love the ones I have, and they’re dying. But look at the cute business card and stitch marker from Socktopus!
Adorable. As I was checking out, I mentioned that I have a knitting blog and the owner asked for the address. WELL, while I was writing it down she said “OH! That’s you?! I’ve read your site before!” For the first time, I met someone who’s read my blog who I’ve NEVER MET BEFORE! I was so happy, I could have cried. It still makes me smile. hehe. So yes, buy all your yarn from her. She’s wonderful.
So, here’s the whole haul from Ally Pally:
Impressive, I think.
I finished the Horcrux socks while I was in Ireland. Here’s what they look like.
and a detail shot:
This is the yarn I bought in Canterbury. The two are miss-matched and I don’t know what to do with the purple one. The gray is going to be stripes with the dark gray from Ally Pally:
These are the other two skeins I bought:
I’m going to use them to make this. I can’t wait. Sadly I have to because of all the Christmas knitting, which is going surprisingly well. I’ve made a lot of progress. There’s still a lot left to finish though.