Iknit Day, and the Yarn Harlot

Yesterday Amanda, Lily and I had a fabulous time at the Iknit Day, housed in the beautiful Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster. There were yarn and craft stalls, charity knitting events, workshops, talks, and the chance to spot many wonderful knitted shawls, cardigans, jumpers and socks. It was fun spotting some people who I recognised from their blogs – I wish I’d had the chance to say hello to all of them!

As we ate our lunch we watched the gorgeous fashion show for Jane Waller’s soon-to-be-republished book A Stitch in Time, which features beautiful patterns from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. There were so many that I would love to make! Details included gathered yokes, tucked waists, puffed sleeves, interesting stitch patterns, velvet bows, ruffled necklines satin shoulder straps … I could go on forever about them, but instead here are a few images:

My main purchase of the day was membership of the 2008 Socktopus Club – I’ve been waiting a few months for membership to open, and I was excited to get on the list! Socks will undoubtedly be featuring here over the next few months…

The only actual yarn I bought was some incredibly lovely pure English cashmere from Devon Fine Fibres. I’ve said I will make my mother a beret for Christmas, and I thought this yarn, and the pattern that came with it, would be perfect for her.

The highlight of the day, of course, was seeing the Yarn Harlot speak. She is even funnier in person than she is on her blog; her deadpan presentation and comic timing were flawless. But I was kind of expecting that. What I wasn’t expecting was how thought-provoking and interesting some of her talk was. A good chunk of her hour-long speech was spent discussing neurological studies of trauma victim and Buddhist monks, outlining different brainwave-states and how they relate to alzheimers and brain health, and weaving all this information to the act of knitting.

It felt good to sit in a room with around 500 other knitters, maybe half of whom were knitting, listening to so many reasons why our hobby is not only great but good for us too!

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