It’s time for KnitNation report! :)
As these things usually go, I was a bit disoriented when I first got there. I did a few rounds about the hall first without focusing on anything specifically, to quiet down all the colours and shapes and sounds spinning around in my head. :) Already on those first rounds, though, I noticed that the expo had managed to put in one big room everything a knitter could need.
Yarn. Doesn’t it just look like candy? :)
While I was doing the rounds, I was stopped by a lovely lady who introduced herself as The Weirdo. She was, of course, referring to her earlier comment – where she said “If some weirdo stops you at KnitNation, it’ll be me.” It was SO lovely to meet one of my readers in person (it was my first!), and we had a really nice chat. So, just for future reference, if any of you other weirdos ;) ever notice me somewhere, please shout out! :)
Needles. I’m not a big fan of wooden needles, but they do look lovely all together in a big heap, don’t they?
The stall-owners really exhibited a huge amount of imagination and wonderful ideas. I was impressed by many a shop sign, and especially the one that was made by wrapping individual cardboard letters with various-coloured yarns (I know they were cardboard behind the scenes because I asked, enthusiastically. I wish I had also paid more attention to the name of the shop that was spelt out in them.)
BIG buttons! (by Toft)
(My hand is there to demonstrate how big exactly the buttons are.)
The one thing I thought was missing was an indoor area to sit down and knit in, in the company of other knitters. There was lots of lovely space for knitting outside, but with so much space knitters kind of kept to themselves and to the people they had come with. It seemed to me that if there had been a designated area, people would’ve socialized more and met more new people. I did make some completely unexpected friends, though, while giddily trying out every little thing at Ysolda’s booth. Miniemoll was just as giddy about it, and we even had a go in the photobooth together! She had the soundness of mind (which I often lack) to ask for my Ravelry name before we parted, so we linked up very easily online later. Do check out her blog, she has detailed reports with lots of yummy photos from both days. :)
And lastly, adorable needle-rolls and project bags made out of geeky fabrics (by The Bothered Owl).
Spending time at this stall was one of my favourite parts of KnitNation, but I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow!
If you’re thirsty for more reports and photos, check out A Girl in Winter. And tomorrow, finally, you get to see my spoils. Patience now… ;)