Good afternoon from a wet Dublin. Well I suppose we had a lovely September so we can’t really complain (too much, I mean we *are* Irish, complaining about the weather is a national pastime). Anyway, I have some lovely news. The people at the Knitting and Stitching show got in touch with me and have offered THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the show for me to give to my readers. The show runs in the RDS, Dublin, from October 30th – November 2nd.
Since starting knitting again myself and my mum have been to the show every year. It’s the biggest knitting show in Ireland, but you’ll find more than yarn and fabric at it. You’ll also find a range of crafts including beadwork, card-making, cross stitch, dress-making, embroidery, felt-making, jewellery-making, knitting and crochet, lace-making, patchwork and quilting, spinning, weaving and dyeing and tapestry. Last year I even bought some household cleaner. I’m still not sure how this fits in with knitting and stitching but it did a good job on my oven.
The K&S show always has a huge range of craft supplies available but you all know I’m a yarn snob, so I would prefer to see more luxury yarns at the show. Coolree Yarns has been there the last two years and will be exhibiting again this year. And I believe This is Knit will be showing off some new Malabrigo yarns. However I do hanker after the knitting shows that I hear of in the UK where there are lots of indie dyers and spinners, offering the opportunity to try new indie yarns. But having said all that I do always come home laden down with new stash and I’m sure this year will be no different.
My top tips for making the most of the show are to arrive early (to avoid the worst of the crowds) and to have a plan. Before heading to the show I’ll make a note of the yarn requirements for patterns in my queue and I’ll add buttons and beads for stitch markers to that list. If you’re into paper crafts Payper Box is worth checking out. Also keep an eye out for The Black Sheep Ltd stall, which always has large packs of yarn heavily discounted. Every year I drool over the beautiful fabrics but have resisted so far, as I don’t have time for another hobby.
**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED**
So. To be in with a chance to win one of three pairs of tickets simply leave a comment below (one entry per person) before 12 noon (GMT) Friday 10th October. Please make sure you enter an email address when commenting so I can get in contact with you. The Knitting and Stitching Show runs from Thursday October 30th to Sunday November 2nd 2014, however these tickets are only valid for Thursday, Friday or Sunday. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winners on Friday 10th October, 2014. I’ll then contact the winners by email and aim to have their tickets in the post by Monday 13th October, 2014.