Thursday, 24 October 2013

How Not to Work The Knitting & Stitching Show

Last week I had the exciting job of heading off to the Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace! Hundreds of yarn and fabric shops under one beautiful roof. Money in the bank ripe for spending. Crafty friends to meet and greet. What more could you want?!

A PLAN would have been useful!

Let this be a lesson to all you crafty folks heading off to a huge show or fair.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail!

It was a fantastic day out, don't get me wrong. But did I buy anything of note? No. I met some of my loveliest, craftiest friends. I had lengthy catch ups with people who I haven't seen in months, if not years. But in all honesty, I was far too reserved with the ol' bank card!

Here's the thing. I have a lot of craft stuff. You don't have a career in craft publishing without accumulating a fair amount of soft-to-touch yarn, reams of fabric, pretty papercraft products and jars upon jars of buttons and beads. So these days, I try to only buy with purpose. Which was the problem. I arrived at the show with no purpose whatsoever. Since the birth of Bubba, it's been so long since I had time to do any proper crafts that all I could think as I browsed the stalls was 'You'll never use it'. Or 'Order it online when you think you'll actually use it.'

So, in a last ditch, desperate attempt at shopping, as all the stalls packed up at the end of the day, I panic bought three balls of cheap, chunky yarn (hence the lack of amazing yarn pictures). In the hope, that one day, they might be cast onto some needles and turned into an amazing pair of mittens, or maybe a cowel.

Learn from my mistakes people - plan, plan and do more planning. Work out, pre-show, what you want to make and head directly for those products. Boring, I know. But otherwise you'll be like me and leave (almost) empty-handed or you'll spend a million pennies on a bunch of stuff that you'll never actually use!

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