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Last saturday I joined a trip to Creations et Savoir-Faire in Paris. It was a long day by coach from the pick up at 6am in the pouring rain to getting home after midnight.
But... it was my first time in Paris and I saw the Eiffel Tower (albeit throught the windows of Paris Expo).
See it there on the horizon centre right?
The expo was nowhere near as big as Ally Pally but plenty to see in one day. There were various sections (including creative cooking!) the largest being needlework which included knitting but probably patchwork was the largest contingent. This was ok as I am just getting into patchwork and just love seeing those rows and rows of gorgeous fat quarters. Mouth watering.
There was a lovely little corner stall, The Cinnamon Patch, with feltwork in beautiful colours, unlike felt colours I have seen before.
The exhibitors turned out to be Irish so we were able to ask lots of questions and Sharon even prevailed upon Marianne to show her how to do blanket and feather stitches.
Alot of the items were featured in a book for sale which Sharon bought.
We later realised that Marianne had written it so we had to go back and get it signed of course. It is a lovely book if you want to try feltwork and pretty understandable even if you don't speak French.
So what did I buy? I blew my entire budget on a Tricotin Geant (a large tubular knitting gadget). It knits circular 22 stitches or straight 19 stitches. This is ideal for me as I am doing alot of Christmas Fairs this year and could do with some cheapish items to sell. So I hope to be able to show you piles of tubular fingerless gloves soon.
There was even a bloggers corner.
But I didn't see anyone there so we just plonked ourselves down and had lunch. This happened to be right next to where they were periodically giving away free Martinis, so although I am teetotal I was popular with those who wanted a second helping!
I hope to show a picture of my stall soon as I am doing a Christmas Market on Sunday. I sell mostly Colintte yarn and some Opal and SWTC. However my biggest seller (shame to say) is novelty yarns that I buy in ad hoc and ply together to make chunky fun yarn that can knit up into a scarf in under an hour (Sharon can do one in 40 min). It may not be what I would chose to knit for myself and although the profit is small it supports my yarn habit. Incidentally I noticed that Colinette mohair (which was exclusively on sale at Elle Tricot) was selling for 17 euros a skein ($22.40 or £11.50)! This made me feel better as I sell it for 9.50 euros a skein.
The Catnep Harvest
This should get the cats through the winter!
Ally Pally part 3 - The Knitters
Better late than never - here are the pics of the people who really matter - the knittersOf course one of the big advantages of going to a big event like the Knitting and Stitching Show is to meet up with all those people you only know online or only see intermittently.
This year I went again with my friend Margareta and we decided to do 3 days instead of the two we did the year before. We helped out in the afternoons at the Knit and Relax area overseen once again by Yvonne. It was pleasant to pull up a seat and help newbies just starting out. This year I seemed to help more people to learn to crochet. I hadn't realised how quick it is to learn enough to make something from a book. This is what one youngster wanted - the skills to make a crochetted necklace in a book she had just bought. Another had learnt to make granny squares in the morning and had thought of some adaptations she wanted help with. Knitting and Crochet really are popular now - almost enough to make you feel young!
Here is Yvonne with Sue still looking relatively sane. and Sue a little later looking not quite so sane.
She had been doing some finger knitting for an eager spectator but had to contend with (another) Sue deciding to have a little fun. Then photographing her handiwork!
Margareta helping on the Knit and Relax stand.
Another helper, who wants to come meet us in Paris for the L'aiguille en fete next March. However I lost her email address (lovegirl or something like that) and I can't remember her name. Yes, I am pretty hopeless, does anyone recognise her and can email me her email address?
Two wonderful ladies who came even further than us, all the way from the US of A. Clara who gave us each the cutest broach of tiny knitting (she had made a load and was giving them away) which I got quizzed about endlessly for the rest of the show, everyone loved it, and Sally who had organised the tour which brought lots of wonderful transatlantic knitters over.
Last but not least, Rachel John, the exponent of Extreme Knitting. I have known Rachel for years but hadn't seen her since moving to France. Until I went to the Knitting and Stitching show last year that is. She recently set a record by knitting with 1000 strands together.
Well more soon, hopefully with some pics of FO's and some dyeing I have been doing.