Ally pally elbow mining 2013

I’m on my way home from Alexandria Palace Knitting & Stitching Show 2013.


I’ve actually only been here since 11am (it’s nearly 3 now), but I feel like I’ve managed to get a lot done.

– deep breath –

I have purchased some very interesting yarns and threads that I can’t wait to try out.


Here I have silver lurex, retro reflective and glow in the dark!!!! I have such
plans for these! Last two from the hand weavers studio. always have gorgeous buttons.

The little square blue ones will be coming to a jumper in a certain mag near you in feb.

Some swatching yarn from handmade nest


This gorgeous baby alpaca dk in steel grey from Eden cottage yarns, omg it’s soooo soft.

Chiaogoo sticks and stoppers from tall yarns an tales. They don’t carry the spin cables yet, but they did write it down on the show notes so may stock ’em soon!

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And some odds and ends from here and there.

Wow, that’s more than I had realised!

On top of all this, I deposited my offerings of honeycomb in strategic locations around the show; basically one at each yarnie who has generously sorted me out with yarn support during the year. I apologise to anyone who needs to go to the dentist next week!

I had a lovely chat with Victoria and David from Eden cottage yarns (oh! just realised! like posh and becks! bet they get that all the time…), Rachel from uk alpaca and Alex from coolree, all of whom shall be getting sketches of designs in the next couple of weeks! Phew! Busy busy! The children are getting quick and easy beans on toast for din for a few weeks…

Finally I have to mention whose erotic art textile pieces were very dramatic. I thought they were gorgeous and I’d love a couple for the bedroom, or living room for that matter. Don’t think I’d be let, though!!!


Harrow knitters first Tuesday meets

Last night, a new member tried to go to Daisy’s in the Arts for a harrow knitters meeting (sorry, Pauline!!). They don’t open up regularly enough for us, so we’re trialling meeting in each others’ homes on those first Tuesdays. For safety’s sake, we wouldn’t invite strangers to home meetings, but known members are very welcome. The next public meeting is Monday in Oddfellows at 8pm. In general, we meet as follows:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month – we’re trialling meeting in each other’s homes – for safety reasons this meeting is for known members only
  • 2nd Monday of the month at 8pm at the Oddfellows Arms Pub, 2 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EN (opposite Lidl or the Police station) (
  • 2nd Friday of the month at 10am in Simply Daisy’s near the studio theatre at Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm at the Oddfellows Pub
  • 4th Thursday of the month at 10am at Costa Coffee in Harrow Town Centre next to Natwest Bank near the fruit & veg stall
  • Last Friday of the month at 8pm at Papa Gateaux, 4 Cumberland Court, Princes Drive, Harrow HA1 4UD. Papa Gateaux stays open late especially for us, so there is a £2 contribution if you come to this meeting. The cakes and hot chocolate are well worth it though!
  • Bring along your current yarny project to work on or your latest completion to show off, and knitting books and magazines to pass around and browse through.

    All knitters and crocheters welcome, regardless of level of expertise!