As I mentioned in my Sunday Sevens post, last Friday my crafty chums and I headed off to the Craft 4 Crafters Show in Exeter. As the name suggests, this show included a multitude stalls for of individual crafts – ranging from guilds and upmarket stalls to cheap stalls and even a pound stall. It also included more general stalls, such as storage solutions and lighting. There were a couple stalls selling physical aids – I appreciate crafting does cause various RSI type injuries, but there was also a stall with fleeces and warm coats, clearly aimed at the older person, and nothing to do with crafting. This mixture of gave the event more of a feel of a market than a craft event.
The upside was that apart from looking at things that interest me, I also got to look at crafts I don’t normally dabble in. The downside was there were few stalls that specialised in my main interests – but I did go knowing it would be a mixed bag, so that’s not a complaint. But more importantly, what did I buy?
I did have a list. I wanted something to store all my knitting bits and bobs in which usually either float around the lounge or live in various project bags. Yes, I know I should have run up some gorgeous storage box, but I’ve been not doing that for years.
Hopefully now I’ll be able to find things a lot more easily.
From the same stall I also bought these…
I’ve no idea what for, but they were an absolute bargain, and I’ve so many tiny sewing bits and bobs, I’m sure I’ll soon work it out.
After a break for a cup of peppermint tea and a chat with my chums, I bought this very cheap – not on my list – bead wire, which I’m going to knit with – one day – don’t ask me when.
My list of needs also included these…
Not very exciting, but jolly useful for all my odd bits of embroidery thread.
A 40′ circular knitting needle was also on my list to knit my yellow sweater with. I had been looking for Knitpro Symphonie, but they hadn’t brought any with them. So I went for karbonz instead – since I haven’t tried them yet.
My final purchase wasn’t on my list, but something I plan to do is make myself some tunics. This is the fabric I bought…
I’m not sure it’s all tunic – I’ll work that out later, but not as I need to reach target weight before I start sewing clothes.
Now before you reread this post, have your eyes checked then run round to my house with thermometer and paracetamol in hand, don’t worry, you’re right, I purchased no yarn, but I’m not unwell. Only two stalls interested me and nothing on them called out ‘Buy ME!’ Since I’ve vowed to only buy more yarn if I know what I’m going to knit/crochet with it, this is a good thing!
Anyway, as you see, despite buying no yarn, I still had a lovely day out with my crafty chums and bought some useful stuff!
What sort of craft show do you prefer, the specialist or the more general?