This show is the largest trade show in Europe for the art, craft, needlecraft and hobby sector. What a lot of lovely people I met and what a lot of lovely things I saw. Way to much for one post so I'm going to have to split this up into themes, today yarn, next time fabric and other bits and pieces.
First off, the thing that everyone was talking about "Yarnia".
My photos don't nearly do it justice, you start with a knitted brick wall and wardrobe with mannequins fully dressed in all knitted and crocheted outfits, even the suitcases were made of yarn.
Then you walk through the yarn wardrobe into yarn Narnia - "Yarnia" see what they did there!
Mr Tumnus, the lamp post, the Ice Queen, rabbits and foxes, even a wolf all a mix of knitting and crochet.This was created by The Creative World of Crafts and made with Bernat, Lily Sugar 'n cream and Caron yarn. I am assuming it is now going all over the place so lots of people can be as amazed and impressed as I am!
My other yarn based highlights were:
What a fun table cloth, some lovely ladies moved their drinks so I could take this photo but I'm afraid I didn't notice what stand it was - ops.
These lovely little fellas come in a kit from a Danish company called Go Handmade, so cute, and the kits contains everything you need to make both. They have loads of different designs too.
I see this bag in my future... It was on the Designeryarns stall and it's made with the most beautiful yarn from Noro called Obi. Designeryarns are the UK distributors and I don't know if it's sold worldwide but worth looking out for in your local craft shop. Actually I'm loving the colour way on the cardigan behind, that is another lovely Noro yarn called Ginga.
Could these toadstools be any cuter? This is another kit this time from The Crafty Kit Company. They ship worldwide too - hooray!
I think weaving is going to have to be added to my crafts to try list too, I really like this wall hanging from Juko Designs.
You can buy it as a kit from their etsy shop and they are another that ship worldwide - hooray again!
They also had kits to make a woven bag.
The weaving was happening on both sides, going round and round, apparently there is no sewing up to do at the end. Sound like magic to me!
CHSI stitches is a trade show so it was all about looking at products, seeing new lines and trends and talking to crafty people. Nothing I saw was available for me to buy on the day, can you imagine seeing this:... and not buying a thing!
I did get a lovely little goody bag courtesy of DMC and one of the treats in there was this lovely soft cotton yarn and quite possibly the prettiest crochet hook I've even seen!
This did soften the blow of not being able to buy yarn. I need to think carefully about what to make with it, any suggestions?