Knitting and Stitching.. Missed trains and enhanced stashes!

Friday morning saw us set out on our annual excursion to Dublin for ‘the knitting and stitching show’.. Although it didn’t begin well for my 5 month old and I.. We missed the train (technically we were on the right train but we got off.. I blame mislabelled tickets and a lack of caffeine..) and we had to wait two hours for the next one! But.. A knitter is never bored!

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Doodling at the train station

Things got infinitely better when the cold drove us to leave the station and we wandered into a wee cafรฉ across the road.. ‘the atlas cafรฉ’.. I was gutted to learn that they didn’t have a card machine but they were so pleasant and lovely, they gave me a free cup of tea! I mean.. They had no idea what a crappy start to the morning I’d had.. To them it was just a cup of tea.. But to me it was a hug and fist bump.. Just what I needed to get on with it! So if there’s ever an opportunity for you to perform a ‘RAK’ (random act of kindness) grab it, you could literally ‘make someone’s day’! Thank you ‘atlas cafรฉ’.. I’ll see you soon!

Anyway.. Getting off topic.. Oh yeah.. Yarn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So once my son and I finally made it to Dublin.. The Belfast SnB’ers were there waiting for us! What dolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ We visited a gorgeous yarn store ‘This is knit’ .. Which stocks sumptuous goodies from hedgehog fibres, malibrigo, juniper moon and dublin dye company to name a few! The staff were lovely.. They caked skeins and stashed the pram so we could chill upstairs and knit! They should open a branch in Belfast! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After that we visited another lovely store called ‘the constant knitter’, they have lush stock too.. Including pretties from LITLG, schoppel wolle and west Yorkshire spinners.

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Photo courtesy of http://nearlythere.com

We were encouraged to take a load off.. And were given everything we needed to make tea! Awesome customer service!

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After a lovely chilled evening in the hotel (knitting of course!) we were well rested and ready for a full day at the knitting and stitching show the next day! ๐Ÿ™‚
We arrived nice and early so we had a great morning wandering through the stalls and admiring the immense talent on display.

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Knitted fish stall! Photo by http://nearlythere.com

Some of us zig-zagged so we wouldn’t miss a thing, some of us had a list and knew exactly where we were going first (after a quick glance at the map!) and some of us drifted aimlessly but one things for sure.. We all had fun and most if us blew our budgets.. Some of us our second and third budgets too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yarn colour wheel! Photo by nikki

Around lunch time it began to get almost unbearably busy though, it was getting quite difficult to navigate with a pram! But thankfully I’d spent enough! ๐Ÿ˜‰
A few of us took a class called ‘Celtic stained glass’ by Paula Rafferty which involved the use of fabrics, bondaweb, bias tape and (shock horror!) an iron. (No.. No glass!!) And although we didn’t have enough time to finish sewing it down we still learned a bit about a craft we’d never heard of before! (And it was good value.. And a welcome respite from the crowds!) I’ll definitely do a class again!

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I just have to get creative with the sewing machine now..

After that we were positively beat! Another chilled evening in the hotel knitting and admiring each others gorgeous purchases, and it was back to real life the next morning! Thank you K&S show, it’s been fun, see ye next year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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