Stitch Fest 2017

Just popping in to mention – if you don’t know already – Stitch Fest 2017 is on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November.

Stitch Fest launched in November 2016 with a hugely successful festival that drew people from all over the UK to Devon. Now in its second year, Stitch Fest 2017 will showcase some of the best independent makers, dyers, spinners and designers in the UK yarn industry.  There are workshops, talks and, of course, lots of stuff to buy! Click here to find out all about it!

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Knitting, Stitching and Hobbycraft Show Exeter

Last Friday I headed out to the Knitting, Stitching and Hobbycraft Show at Westpoint near Exeter. It was as much a day out with friends as a show visit, since it’s a very mixed bag and there are rarely any stalls that sell the sort of yarn I buy. It is however a very nice show, particularly if you’re interested in a range of crafts. As well as crafty things to buy, there are exhibitions and are various guilds tables, plus the stalls that shouldn’t be there, such as sweets, kitchenware and scarves.

Several of the exhibits caught my eye:

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Channelling Anita Rani – aka learning to spin

I ‘blame’ Shelia who blogs at Sewchet. Not long ago, we fell into conversation about learning to spin. Since we live in neighbouring counties – we speculated about taking a weekend workshop together somewhere in the middle. However, I knew of an amazingly knowledgeable and talented teacher called Jane Deane, who lives locally to me, so meet in the middle turned into sleep over.

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Anniken Allis’s Workshop: Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl

Last Tuesday I took a workshop on continental knitting at Spin a Yarn in Bovey Tracey.

The class was taken by the lovely and very talented Anniken Allis. And, as an added bonus, Belinda Harris-Reid turned  out to be one of the participants. Anniken was an excellent, knowledgeable, patient and attentive tutor and it wasn’t long before I had the hang of the continental knit stitch.

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South West Stitch Fest

Back in the summer, I was every excited when I spotted a new knitting festival in the south west. But my excitement was quickly followed by a conundrum. Should I go as a visitor, or dare I apply for a stall? I wasn’t sure I was ‘big’ enough and the cost of the pitch was a lot for my fledgling business.

Stitch Fest South West

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Web Sales and Stitch Fest South West

I feel I owe all of you who I’ve told ‘web sales will be coming soon’ a bit of an apology. Web sales are coming soon, but the gods of technology are still not being kind to me.

I was hoping to go live at the beginning of this week, but my laptop gave up the ghost on Sunday. I ordered a new one, but by the time it arrived, I had to switch my priorities to getting sorted for Stitch West South West at this coming  weekend – unfortunately that preparation has been hampered in turn by my colour printer refusing to work and my new laptop only intermittently talking to my  black and white printer.

So, all in all, still working like a crazy lady to get ready for Stich Fest South West, which is going to be fab. So I’ve just run in to say, if you’re anywhere slightly near Totnes over the weekend, do pay it a visit. Here’s the link to the website.

Stitch Fest South West

On the web sales front, all I have left to do is work out how to sign up to PayPal and get it to talk to my site and proof read it through – so that really should be up and running early next week.

Apologies too for my quietness visiting your blogs and in replying to comments. I’ll be back next week, I promise. Hope you’re having a great and less challenging week than I am.

Bekki Hill