The Spring Knitting and Stitching show has been and gone, already! If you went down to Olympia for the show then you joined thousands of others, all eager to delve into piles of yarn and search through reams of fabric.
The show was on from Thursday to Sunday last week, and if you don’t know already, it’s best to go on a weekday if you can, as it gets extremely crowded at the weekend. This year I couldn’t make Thursday or Friday so I went very early on Saturday, traveling in with Louise of Sincerely Louise. I totally neglected to take a photo of her stall though! Whoops.
I remember the first time I went to this show (which you can read about here). I was so in awe of all the fantastic stalls, there was just so much on offer! It took me forever to look around everything because I think I stopped at nearly every stall. Over the past few years, including the autumn show at Alexandra Palace, I’ve discovered the kind of things I prefer, though it’s always nice to discover new traders that are exhibiting for the first time.
One of these new stalls this year was Romney Marsh Wool. They stood out because they didn’t have the usual stacks of yarn on offer – although you could buy that as well. Their main focus was on other products you could get from sheep, using lanolin that can be extracted once the sheep are shorn. There were products like hand lotion, soap, shampoo, all in different sizes including little stocking fillers, so ideal for gifts!
I spoke to the lady at the stall (I’m sorry I didn’t get your name!) who was very friendly and helpful in answering my questions. There was a booklet giving information about their flock of Romney’s, and the smaller flock of Merino’s, which can be viewed on their site. They had yarn from both sheep there which enabled you to feel the difference between the two, I was very tempted to buy both!
I knew I only had a short while before the masses arrived – it was already busier than I had hoped. This year I didn’t have any particular shopping list in mind. I don’t really have the space for more yarn or fabric at the moment! With this in mind I made a quick sweep around the two rooms. The first room seemed to be mainly sewing focused, so I headed back to the second room where there were a few more yarn stalls. There are always the big piles of yarn, which is great if you have a project in mind as you can get big packs of very nice yarn on the cheap. These stalls are always very popular as you can imagine! If you happen to spot something in the middle however, good luck. You will have to crawl through a sea of yarn to reach it! (What’s wrong with that?).
A stall that caught my eye was Black Bat. They had quite a large space, and it was full of rare breed British wool. Since I’ve become more interested in British wool I loved looking through all the different breeds. Each yarn had a knitted swatch next to it, so you could see what it looked like and feel the difference between them. There were also a few kits for the loveliest looking scarves, however I would have liked to see more! Maybe they had sold a lot of the past few days.