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Saturday, 10 October 2009

A day out and surprises!!!

Had a lovely day out on Thursday with Trashy, although it was a bit of an adventure!! We decided a visit to Ally Pally - the Knitting and Stitching show -was in order so off we went! We had thought of going by train but the cost would have been mahoosive so Trashy offered to drive us up! I won't go into details but it took us 3 and half hours to get there! Traffic onthe M25 was horrendous and when we got to Ally Pally needless to say we couldn't park and had to drive down to Wood Green to try and find a car park! Luckily, after two goes, we found one and then had to walk a couple of minutes to get the courtesy bus!

If you have never been to Ally Pally, the view when you get there is amazing, you can see over the whole of London and it was a perfect clear blue sky kind of a day so you could see for miles - i'm sorry there are no pics but my little camera would not have done the view justice, you'll just have to take my word for it! But i have to say, its a sod of a place to get to!

Although there were some lovely stands

top one was Loop, and then the Rowan stand - there were not as many small, independant stands as we had hoped!

We did manage to make some purchases though and here are mine

this is a lovely find - self striping alpaca - it is gorgeous and sooo soft and i loved this hat pattern so of course it had to find its way into my bag!!!
and then were were these two lovely yarns (sorry pic bit blurred) I seem to have a theme of pinks and blues going on!!!

There were also some lovely quilting stands, so i just had to buy these
the colours are much better in real life!!!

Its a shame that the catering facilities were rather poor - as i'm always needing tea to keep me going - if you read this post here you will see i was not the only one who thought so.

Some of the exhibits that were on display were lovely, especially the machine embroidery section - here are some that caught my eye
i just the middle pic - brilliant!

Surprises!!!! Yay - i was soo very lucky as last weekend i received two absolutely lovely surprise packages - the first was from Clara

who sent these lovely fabric packs - thank you sooo much! i love them!

The second was from this lovely lady

Marian weaves these beautiful scarves with the most lovely yarns and fibres and i was absolutely overwhelmed with such a generous and beautiful gift. Its all my favorite colours and is sooo soft - i will treaure it always! Thank you again Marian for such an amazing gift.

Well thats all for the moment, hope you have a lovely weekend - the sun is shining at the moment so am going to make the most of it.



Gina said...

Pleased you enjoyed the show but sorry you found it a pain to get to. Train is usually the best option! Even though I grew up around Wood Green and know the area well I still get the train.

trashalou said...

But if we had caught the train just think how many fewer travel stories we would have to share!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a lovely sounding day - even if you did have to share it with that madwoman who kept sending me cheeky texts!!!!

Lucy x

jennyflower said...

Glad you finally made it, and good trasure hunting too!

Michaela said...

This is the first year for ages that I've not gone to Ally Pally. I found it all very expensive last year with loads of things totally unrelated to knitting or stitching. I quite agree with the refreshments thing aswell - even taking your own packed lunch doesn't work as there's nowhere inside to eat it. Glad you had a great time though - that view is lovely isn't it?

Moogsmum said...

Oooh what yummy yarn and fabric!

I'm really going to have to come with you next time - although I might take the train!


Annie said...

Sounds like an adventurous road trip - wish I could have come. I have a thermos that would make tea. . .

silverpebble said...

Oh I peeped at this Maria and must have been called away by the tots as so often happens! I was envious of all the bloggers who went to this lovely event. Such prettiness and creativity! I've never heard of the woman you went with though - who is she?

trashalou said...

oh come on Missus Pebble! That is just a bit harsh after those pints we watched the boys share.

Cathy said...

It does sound like you had a good time overall.
You did manage to score some very yummy looking yarns and fabrics! Sorry about the tea and snacks though. Sounds like the event was not put together by the type of people who actually go to the show. Silly event planners! How can you NOT want a snack after contemplating all of those wonderful choices?
I am glad that you had a decent time over all.
P.S. I posted a photo of your latest ATWQB block and your quilt as of 10/19 on Flickr.