Alexandra Palace, bands, teaching, shopping and me


How are you all?  Have you got your woollies out yet, now that the weather is turning cooler?

I love the autumn, not only does it mean that this closet redhead does not have to go into hiding everytime the sun comes out to play, but it’s what I like to call ‘knitting season’.  The highlight of my knitting calendar ever since I learnt to knit has been the annual pilgrimage to Alexandra Palace, London, home to the Knitting & Stitching Show.

front view

Alexandra Palace holds many fond memories for me, from the first time I visited and realised that there are lots of people just like me who are addicted to yarn! There I learned that Ladies are not always ‘lady like’ when doing battle over yarn, and that shopping trolleys and elbows are the weapons of choice to secure that much coveted skein.

I have attended Ally Pally as a vendor during the time I owned Knit ‘n’ Caboodle. It was a wonderful experience getting to meet some many lovely customers.  I have nothing but admiration for any vendor at Ally Pally, it can be gruelling.  Long days, usually dreadful travel times, set up and break down are incredibly hard work, thank you for continuing to be part of this event every year.

During the past couple of years I have been visiting Ally Pally to see bands.  It is by far my favourite music venue, the acoustics are second to none, the atmosphere is amazing.  It is not a particularly big venue which makes for a great experience wherever you happen to be standing.


The Vaccines with their support act for that night the awesome Band of Skulls


The Black Keys,  one of the most atmospheric gigs I have ever been to, belting blues tunes and simple lighting……..  bliss!

This year I visited Ally Pally on two consequtive days.   ‘Why?’ I hear you ask……. teaching.

You possibly saw my blog posts announcing my classes.  I taught four classes over the two days in the Prima Make & Take Theatre.  I had some wonderful students, many of whom have been in touch to show me there completed projects.  Well done ladies, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make next with your new found skills.

I really enjoy teaching, it gives me the opportunity to meet knitters and crocheters from all walks of life and help cultivate their passion for the craft.  Over the next few weeks I will be announcing some new workshops in the Essex area.

If there is a particular technique you would like to learn, or a venue you would like to see me offering lessons, please let me know.  I am relatively new to the area and your help would be very much appreciated in finding great places to teach knitting and crochet.  Cute cafes, cosy rooms, I am all ears!

Want to learn to bead your knitting with a crochet hook? Let me teach you how

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, 13th – 16th March 2014

I am teaching as part of the Prima Make & Take Workshops at Olympia in March.  I have been itching to share the details with you,  I am teaching two classes and I am so excited!  It will be great to get to meet you and get you all beading with a crochet hook.  The first class is;

Knit a Beaded Bracelet using a Crochet Hook – Class code 60

Friday 14th March 2.15-3.15

All of my designs use this method of beading,  I can’t recommend taking the time to learn this technique enough!  So if you would like to learn how to apply beads to your knitting without painstakingly threading hundreds of beads onto your yarn first, this is the class for you.

During the class you will knit a cute beaded bracelet, whilst learning how to apply beads using a crochet hook as you knit.  We will look at the difference between pre-stringing beads and using a crochet hook and discuss benefits.   I promise you will have a fun time learning a new skill,  I can’t promise you won’t become addicted to applying beads to your knitted projects.

bracelet crochet beaded

The kit is sponsored by Patons and Debbie Abrahams Beads. Debbie’s beads are just divine, you are in for a real treat!

The class costs just £10 and includes the kit.

Hooks and needles are available to borrow,  if you would like to bring your own you will need two double pointed needles size 2.5mm and a crochet hook size 0.75mm.

To enjoy this class you will need to be able to knit and purl.

You can book your place online or call 0844 848 0159 (the website is a little confusing and I would highly recommend phoning to book your tickets.  Also note that the £10 class fee does not include your entry ticket to the venue).

prima discount

crochet beaded bracelet

Details of my other class will feature here on the blog soon…….