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Knit Nation

I've been busy over the last week taking p/hop to the Knit Nation festival in London. It was good fun but I'm still a little dazed from 3 full on days of talking to knitters. It was fab and I've met some brilliant people so I will share it in photo form.

Here's our stand, manned by yellowpurplezebra and cybil.

Claire and Cybil (Heather)

Bad pub photos from Friday night with Stitch London Stitchettes, WoollyWormhead,@julietillyflop (who makes fab knitting tea towels) Babylonglegs, @knitterbird and Bionic Laura (who stayed with me and brought me some gorgeous Aran yarn from Ireland)

Bad pub photos

Bad pub photos

There was a grout baby and also some tipsy yelling at Ysolda and Sazknits and Jess and Casey the marvellous people who made Ravelry when we spotted them on the way to the tube.

On Saturday I made sure I had time to shop and bought some sock yarn from Renaisance Dyeing...

Renaisance Dyeing

... creepily fabulous stitch markers from The Bothered Owl...

Creepy marvelousness

As well as a fab needle roll with Mexican Day of the Dead pattern

I also bought some Old Maiden Aunt sock yarn (I love her stuff) and some Artisan Yarns sock yarn in subtle deep blues.

Woolly Wormhead modelled her p/hop pattern. There's a more official photo for the p/hop website but this one really makes me laugh. She's such a star.

It's a keeper!!!

In the evening I went to the Ravelry party laid on by the smashing Jess and Casey who I managed to get a photo with. Lovely, lovely people. I made sure I said thank you to them for the wonder that is Rav. they must hear it all the time but I still think it's important to let people know you like what they do.

Look, it's Ravelry!!!

There was much hamming it up in front of giant Bob....
here's Jen from Fyberpates, Jon from Easy Knits and Jen Tech Editor for The Knitter

Jen, Jon, Jen

and ahem, me

BOB

I also met Woolly as well as loads of real people I've only "met" in cyberspace.

Here's Wooly

There were also great Ravelry goodie bags which had an Ysolda pattern inside and of course a Ravelry badge. Check out the great Bob in London drawing.

Knit Nation Stash Enhancement
You can also see the yarn I bought in the photo above.

I had a go in Ysolda's photo booth. I think these need captions.

CHEESE!!!

Phew, I think that's all. Now on to UK Knit Camp which is only a week away!!!

Comments

Northern Monkey said…
Ooh how I wish I had been able to go...next time I will. Looks like you had a fantastic time!
Bionic Laura said…
What a fun post! From what I can see a great time was had by all at Knit Nation. I had a brilliant time anyway. Thanks so much for putting me up, it was great.
grannyg said…
grannyg is so envious!!! So envious that she is now talking in the third person...
Honestly was a brilliant event and love your photos etc from it.
oooooh. wish i went to the ravelry party :( love the day of the dead fabric - and could the colours of the yarn bought be more you?!!
Anni said…
Sounds like KnitNation was great. wish I could have been there.

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