The Knitting and Stitching Show came to Dublin over this weekend and I brought my post-op Mother along...'cos that the type of thing we do after surgery! She wanted to go. She, as I'm sure I've mentioned before, is a weaver and was keen to get some supplies. She did however, only go to the stands where she had specific things to get...and some more random ones that caught her eye...in fact I think she might have been to them all! And there were a lot! The whole show was jammed with people of all ages, all on a mission to see as much as possible, and to buy all the things they "needed". Maeve came with me and it was so lovely to have her to help me chose things and I must admit that I felt like teenager in her company, not the pulled and dragged mother I feel like nearly all the rest of the time...it was good to have a day out. My sweet husband minded the 3 little ones. So it was a great day apart from the terrible weather, which left driving conditions less than good, and on the walk in and out of the show, we got thoroughly soaked! It was quite a distance.
I was in search of 10mm knitting needles and saw lots...but what did I pick up only 8mm needles! And some lovely undyed merino mix yarn.
There was a really nice travelling shop from London called M Rosenberg and Son, where I got some lovely cotton lawn. It is so pretty. They had so many lovely fabrics, including bright yellow wool coating....I'm kinda glad I didn't get that, as much as I loved it! I did get two lawns, but this is my favourite...
I also picked up some quilting cottons, these three are Moda Neptune, I was always sorry I didn't get a jelly roll of this when I had a chance a year ago...anyway...
I also picked up a few ceramic beads to make a necklace for me...
Maeve also got some lovely beads.
But after reading Amanda's post on Kitschy Coo on leather, and since my mother recently bought some leather for making gussets of woven bags...when I saw these small leather skins (for 5 Euro...which is nothing!) I bought 3, (taupe, pale blue and blue/black)...my mother, it turned out had already bought 3 as well!!! Great minds.
Also after my conversations with Andrea, about her "Stipend" for fabric and wool shopping, I'm glad I set myself no limits...I would have only broken them!
By the way, I wore the head-piece to the wedding, which is now a week ago...thanks for all the advice...No-one laughed at me, or at least I didn't hear them!
In fact we gave a couple of our neighbours a lift home, and I asked Colm to throw my Lady Grey coat into the back (3rd) row of seats to make room for our passengers, the wife said..."Oh, your coat is gorgeous, I was admiring it in the church...you looked a million dollars in it!" Then I told her I had made it...hardly anyone knows I make clothes.
My brother-in-law also told me I looked well, and that he liked the "yoke" in my hair (that's local speak for thing-a-me-jig) although he also told me my dress was a bit low in one spot! Good job I know he also couldn't care less! It is his idea of being polite and complimentary, rather than leering and pervy!
This is us at the end of the night, a bit be-draggled!