Friday, 22 May 2015

Iknit Fandango 2015

50's dresses at the fandango!
I have just come back from my first London wool show- the Iknit Fandango! 
This show was organised and run by the guys from the Iknit London shop in Waterloo, a marvellous Aladdin's cave of knitty delights- and where I purchased my first set of chunky knitting needles to knit my handspun yarn on about 8 years ago! 
The fandango was held in the amazingly light and beautiful Lindley Hall, owned by the RHS, which is usually filled with plant exhibitions! 
Over 50 sellers came from across Europe and the UK, including my friend Bogga  from Knitting In France who jumped across the North Sea from France to sell her lovely stitch markers and hand dyed yarns. 
I packed up my dresser and wares and was in London in a jiffy. 
The show had an exciting atmosphere for me, everyone was in high spirits and the ladies of the WI kept us feed and watered with their delicious cakes and read from their pop up cafe.
I met a couple of returning customers and introduced others to the art of spinning! 
Spin City drop spindles displayed in my teapot collection

I brought along my friends Corrie from the Plutonium Muffins blog and Clare from Clarebearknitwear to help me out over the two days of the show, which was great fun!
I stayed at Clare's house in London, and after all our hard work teaching people to spin, talking about spinning, and hand spinning on spindles all day - what did we decide to do on our day off? SPIN of course! 
We plyed a few of the cops spun up during the show, listening to a replay of Radio Two's Folk Show in the boiling sunshine - very satisfying to get so much done, and to see the fruits of ours and other's labour over the weekend! Then we spent some time spinning some basic colour singles for some tapestry weaving we plan on doing as project in a few weeks. 

Plying in the sunshine in Clare's Garden
Thanks for coming to see me at my spring wool shows! I won't be doing another show now until July, as I'm getting married in June! Yay!


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