Monkey sticks

Firstly I have to apologise for the photos in this post but it is dark in the mornings and dark when I get home so there is no chance of getting a flash-free photo.


I have to show you my goodies from the Knitting and Stitching Show! I could have pawned all my worldly goods and I wouldn’t have had enough money to buy everything I wanted there. So I think I was very good just buying what I did - although I did have mild pangs of guilt when I added up everything I’d spent!


First up my Nichols’ buttonsI can’t tell you how much these cost because it makes me blush. But they were worth every penny, I’ve been stalking their website for ages now. I want to knit a nice jacket to use them on.


Secondly, two balls of HipKnits cashmere yarn. A lace weight in a duckegg blue that is softer than anything I’ve felt before and a sock yarn in a lovely mix of crimsons and school-greys.


Thirdly, MONKEY STICKS!! Yes, that is really what they are called and my Monkey insisted on buying them for me. How could I say no? They are beautiful rosewood DPNs in their own little wooden case - so sweet. I can’t wait to use them. I bought them from the Foreign Strand stall.


Fourthly, I bought Interweave Knits Fall ‘06 and Erika Knight’s Glamour which is a gorgeous book and I love it.

Now that I have shown off my purchases, I want to tell you all about my other knitting excursion. I went to a knitting group called I knit London last night. It was so great to meet other knitters in the flesh and to just chat with some nice people over a gin and tonic. I’m quite shy so I almost didn’t go but I’m really glad I did and I’ll definitely be there for the next meeting.

13 comments:

Debby said...

I love the yarn you chose! It looks so soft on my computer screen.

I feel that way too...you're nervous going to these things when you don't know anyone, and then you're happy that you went and can't wait to go next time! Good thing you were able to go!

Mary-Lou said...

I love your buttons! - I never managed to get near that stall, becuase there were always so many people crowded around it ...! (probably just as well for my bank balance)

nanatoo said...

Beautiful things. Like Hazel you've gone for quality and I think everything you've bought is worth every penny.

Cherry Rolfe said...

Those Nichols bottuns - I have been dropping by there often - hoping one day when my ship comes in...........

Seahorse said...

What wonderful purchases!

I look at the Nichols Buttons site often. I shall have some of my own one day!

Gosia said...

I love the buttons and confess that I went off and bought some too. Are all these I knit get togethers in SW? PS: Thanks for letting us have a peak at all your trophies from the show :)

alice said...

Those buttons are truly exquisite, even on the computer.

Sounds like you had a really good time, and a nicely enhanced stash.

dreamcatcher said...

I think a lot of us have been stalking the Nichols Buttons website, they are simply gorgeous. Excellent purchases all round!

Yarn It said...

I just looked through you FO pics and saw your completed Butterfly. Beautiful! I need to make one of those. You choose a beautiful color.

Kendra said...

Gosia, the meetings seem to have all been in SW and central London so far from what I've seen on the website.

Woolly Wormhead said...

It was all so tempting, wasn't it? This year, being on a strict budget I had to be good (cough)

Lovely buttons, and good for you for buying such a treasure.

Kath said...

Good for you for making the leap to getting to a real live knitting group. It is nice being part of an on-line community but the real life groups are fun - I'd be lost without mine!

acrylik said...

Oh, gorgeous goodies! You know, I have made so many fantastic friends through the knitting groups I've joined in the last year I can recommend them to everyone. Good for you for going down and meeting them!