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Grand Day Out – Alexander Palace 2013

I had the most wonderful day at Ally Pally on Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with old friends and new, to be inspired and amused.  I  will let the photos do the talking (with a few comments from me, naturally).

Stands that really stood out to me were….

The ak Traditions stands was utterly charming, the dolls and their wardrobes were beautiful. I loved the colours,  the simplicity and the unique styling.  You can find them online here.

ak traditions alexander palace

ak traditions alexander palace

Stepping away from the colourful and the cute to Toft Alpaca and their natural colour palette.  This is the first time I have seen their collection of cute and cuddly animals and wall mounted animal heads.  Before now when I heard the words Toft Alpaca, I thought Big Buttons!

toft alpaca alexander palace

toft alpaca alexander palace

Then I came across the work of Sally Hewett, Embroidery and Stitching Artist.  Her focus for this exhibition was body image.  To be honest I found her collection intriguing, or maybe it was the person behind the work?  Want to find out more about Sally check out her website

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Sally Hewett Embroidery and Stitching

Want to see what I took home with me? 

Leilani crochet flower kit jane crowfoot

A little treat for me, Leilani Crochet Flower Kit, by Jane Crowfoot. I am a big fan of Jane’s work, she has the most amazing eye for colour.  When I was starting out on my knitting journey I took a class with Jane, the Finishing Technique’s Class.  Jane is a great teacher,  if you get the chance you really should take a class with her.

arabella collar kit alexander palace

Also purchase from Jane Crowfoot’s stand, is this pretty little crochet beaded collar kit.  The Arabella Collar was designed by Nicky Hale of alifelikevera.

Drops Delight Yarn

These beauties are earmarked for another Half Granny Square Shawl,  the first one is almost complete 🙂

fabric alexander palace

I am developing an interest in fabric, Fat Qs to precise…. I wonder what I might do with these?

I also purchases some tiny crochet hooks from Hiya Hiya, along with some 1.5mm DPN’s.  Some more Karbonz needles and another set of Knitpro cable needles (where do mine go?)  Amongst some other bits and pieces that are not so photogenic but a girl can not live without!

Finally, a present from Doug.

giant needle

Doug has bought me these so that we can make a wall hanging that resembles the Knitting Image logo for the Den wall.  Wish me luck!

What did you buy?

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