Monday, 18 July 2011

Knit Nation!

I must say I'm a little bit sad that Knit Nation is over and the anticipation is gone. Although, it was a great fun and I can't wait for 2013 one - I just need a piggy bank :o)
It was amazing to meet everybody and bump into people I knew from either Ravelry or blogs!
I met Jeanette Sloan, few friends from Ravelry and Ewenique - it was great to catch up in real life and put a name to the face. And talk all about the yarn!! 
I also spent some time with Sharon from The Great British Yarns who along with her husband have been dragged into helping me choose whether I would looked better in blue or green sweater ;o)

I took my camera but I was so distracted by urm...... yarn! shiny! pinks! blues! yarn! that I didn't take many photos.

Before I go on to the photos, I have to say that Knit Nation was a little different from what I originally expected. It was very boutique and unique, it wasn't a place to go and buy sweater's worth quantities of yarn. Stands were full of one-off hand dyed yarns. 
It was a beautiful experience and therefore I'm very glad I grew up to appreciate sock-weight yarns and come out of my denial that only anything dk+ is worth knitting with. Who knows, I may be buying lace at Knit Nation 2013!

And here's what I bought:

First I bought some undyed yarn (this is my new thing, I'll write about it soon - expect disasters!)
These are Organically Farmed 100g Merino Fingering Hanks and some small Excelana 4-ply
Then I had Stephen West Mystery Shawl KAL in mind so I was on the look out for some gorgeous fingering yarn (see - how I changed!)
Since it's called Earth & Sky I wanted blue and browns. I added this beautiful mushroomy colour below to go with my navy (and blue, which I already have in stash)

I also got Ysolda's newest book, Little Red in The City:
Which she was lovely to sign!
I also won a pattern in her Lucky Dips :o)

Since I had the book handy, I thought it would be worth buying some yarn for a cardi, so I headed to Great British Yarns for some Knit Picks. I picked out Gloss DK which is wonderfully soft and glossy ;o)

 I also got some Jawoll Magic in gorgeous purple-pinkish colorway (to make another Daybreak and something else, to be decided).


And then, finally, I plucked the courage and bought my first ever luxurious (read:expensive!) skein of sock yarn. I was tempted by wonderfully soft, springy and squishy Socktopus yarns and settled down for Sokkusu Original in Pinkly colorway.
  It had to be pink, right?




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  1. Oooh, that pink yarn is lovely - will it be socks? They'll be awesome socks! Sharon from Great British Yarns was very helpful in choosing what I wanted too ;)

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  2. Wow, some great buys! Sounds like you had a great time!

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  3. How funny that Jawoll is the same colour I used for my Daybreak.

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