Hobbies & Pastimes…

Yesterday my husband, daughter and I took the day off work. My husband set off for Sussex and spent a happy day riding Steam Trains

My daughter and I headed off to Alexandra Palace, London. It’s an iconic venue if a little bit of a trek for us! Well worth it though, the views, even on a very wet Friday are amazing,
We didn’t go just to look at the views though, we were there for The Knitting & Stitching Show

It was a brilliant day, we met so many people all happy to show what and how they make their items, tips were shared and there was plenty to spend our cash on!

We bought :-

  • a goody bag for £6 which was a real bargain as it included a dress-pattern, two knitting/crochet kits, some yarn, two magazines ‘How to knit & Crochet’  & Lets Knit and some yarn (there was plenty to choose from!);
  • a couple of lengths of ribbon which has numbers printed along for cutting and adding to my handmade advent calendar this year (don’t know what I am doing yet but will let you);
  • I also bought some transfer paint… can’t wait to try that, will be posting a blog about my efforts very soon I’m sure!
  • embroidery silk
  • and some Christmas buttons.

We had such a nice time, all around this large venue were smiling faces, indulging in their favourite things, there were loads of classes which we didn’t sign up for, but they looked good.
Plenty of places to collapse and have tea and cake to boost the energy levels to carry on and we stayed there all day.
We also met some incredibly talented people who were showing how to do some wonderfully creative items, from feltingknitting, pom-pom making,  plus so much more.

I can really recommend this show, it’s great if you know what you want and just want to shop but also really good if you have never done any crafting, you can learn just about anything and there’s no judgement, just interested and interesting people having a lovely time crafting.

There is so much being talked about the health benefits from crafting and it must be true… oh there are moments when it all goes wrong and you want to cry, but generally, adults faces (it seems to me) take on the expressions which you generally only see in young children absorbed in play, the total absorption.
This total absorption in what you are doing means that the worry of life gets put aside, even if just for a little while… that can surely only be a good thing?

thanks for reading,
back next week

About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something every week and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email rosiemiddleton2@gmail.com
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3 Responses to Hobbies & Pastimes…

  1. I’ve never been to the London version of the Knitting and Stitching show but heard it could be super crowded – how did you find it? I find sometimes at Harrogate it can be hard to stop and look at what you want without getting carried away by the crowd.

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    • Hello – sorry for the delay in responding, we got there early and although it was crowded we still loved every minute. We stayed all day though and at 3 the place emptied! We were told by a stall holder that it was the coach parties had left – so if you fancy going it might be worth staying later and getting there under your own steam rather that a coach trip. We still managed to see everything though and found places to sit at lunch time and for coffee breaks so I would recommend. AllyPally is a pain to get to but there is a free bus to take you up the hill!

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