The Show took place from Thursday 14th through to Sunday 17th March in the newly renovated Olympia Two and West Hall a fabulous new light and airy space and hosted over 150 exhibitors from knitting brands and haberdashery suppliers to niche stores and bead stockists. The theme of the Show centred around the concept of ‘Making’ and many of the workshops encouraged visitors to try their hand at a new craft and learn a new skill. Twisted Thread , the event organisers had worked hard to provide a good mix of craft stands to cater for everyone and there really was a myriad of inspiring fabrics, textiles and yarn as well as ‘how to’ courses to help every visitor find the perfect craft project for them.
We were delighted to be joined on our Stand by the fabulous Erika Knight who was showcasing her latest design gem – a six project poster pattern – Knit for Baby. We particularly love the simple sweater layered up with a fur gilet for the little people in your life. I also have the gorgeous garter stitch blanket on my needles knit up in the lusciously soft British Blue yarn. I have chosen to trim it in French and knit the main section in the chalky pink shade aptly named pretty. All of Erika’s latest yarns are available to purchase in our Hexham store along with the poster pattern.
This supersoft gorgeous yarn knits up to standard DK tension and the poster pattern features six stunning designs including a fur gilet, a pair of leg warmers for baby, a simple jumper, a moss stitch cardi, a cute striped hat and a simple garter stitch blanket. Some of these items also feature in Erika’s Nursery Knits Collection and here is a sneaky peak at a couple of the yummy yarns knit up into mini garments for baby.
So a huge thanks must be extended to the fabulous Erika Knight who is a true inspiration to knitters across the land. Her straight forward instructions and classic designs are a pleasure to have on the needles. The hardest decision is which shade to cast on next!
On Saturday 8 September, Erika Knight was in store at Woolaballoo, doing a meet and greet, book signing and showcasing her latest yarn collection. Well known in craft circles, Erika is a true inspiration and had us addicted to all things woolly in no time!
Erika was also signing copies of her best-selling book “Keep Calm and Cast On” which makes an ideal Christmas gift for the knitters in your life. This is a delightful pocket book full of quotes, quips and wit plus expert troubleshooting tips and techniques to keep the contemporary knitter calm in the face of a dropped stitch. The wise and often amusing quotes are compiled from a myriad of sources, including historical and contemporary essays, poems and fiction. Also included is a selection of previously unpublished quotes from contributors such as Kaffe Fassett, Jared Flood, Brandon Mably, Pip Lincolne and other luminaries of the knitting world.
Knitting’s calming properties are well documented, and interesting facts concerning the therapeutic benefits of practising this craft are interspersed amongst the quotes and technical tips, ensuring that this book is not just informative and humorous but also good for your well-being. Alongside the witticisms and fascinating facts is solid, practical advice designed to keep the knitter sane while all around them is unravelling. Erika Knight shares her foolproof tips for making sure you don’t get yourself into a tangle and that your knitting will go that much smoother.