Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend. I went to Knit Nation with Mary this weekend. The weather in London was very strange (sudden burst or rain and then sunny) but the event was so inspiring that it didn’t matter at all.
Lots of knitting-related photos today. I loved all the stands there. Also it was so nice to meet and make new knitting friends! There were many great stands and designers including Loop London (OMG they had amazing yarns BTW) and Ysolda. I spoke to Alice who is the organiser for this event. She said that Knit Nation might not happen next year mainly due to Olympics but will resume from 2013. So I was very lucky to be able to attend to the even this year.
There were so many amazing stands and I could not put all of them. So here are selected fun-knit-images. All images can be clicked and you will go to their website.
Gorgeous shades and quality of yarn. I loved their contry-chic display.
Helen from Crossway Patch showed me how to dye a skein of yarn. I learnt so much from her on Saturday. She wrote a book called Dye One Knit One which shows you exactly how to dye a yarn so that it would knit up the way you want.
Such amazing colours!
Walking further down, there was Jeanette Sloan Designs. Lovely knitting patterns and yarns!
Sweet selection of shades. It felt like I was in the magical English garden. Juno Fibre Arts.
Naturally dyed yarn from Reinassance Dying. They had this really cute kit with mini skeins to make crochet or knitted shawl.
Beautiful original knitting needles from The Little Knitting Company. I am waiting for them to re-stock Namaste knitting bags.
So pretty! Liberty tapes from Selvage.
Fabulous Natural Dye Stuio. They dye all their yarn in the most environmentally-friendly manner. It’s very difficult to get the beautiful colours with natural dyes but Amanda has conquered this challenge and her yarns are gorgeous!
Lovely colourway. All from Natural Dye Studio.
If you are looking for rustic and environmentally friendly yarn directly from a farm, check out Well Manor Farm. A great British wool that is fun to knit with.
For a serious fashion inspiration for knitted garment, you have to check out Tiwsted Angle. Annyal subscription is £9 a year and you get a really great information about the knitting industry. I read three issues which I picked up on the day and they are all very good.
Two more things (but I did not take photos!). If you are a CAT LOVER (which I am), you would be soooooo happy and amazed to see a new book called Best in Show: Knit Your Own Cat. So far, I could not find any great knitting pattern book to knit realistic and cool cats. But this is THE ONE to have. I am so stupid because I forgot to pre-order it at the show…
Also, if you pattern your own knitting designs like I do, check out Cathy Scott’s Stitch Mastery. It’s so clever and useful. Next month there will be a Mac version so I am totally getting it
Phew, so much knitting, so much fun!