Birmingham NEC, knitting and pattern testing

Hello, Birmingham NEC Trip Last week Mam (Ali Crafts Designs) and I travelled to Birmingham to set up our stall at the The Stitching, Sewing and hobby crafts show at the NEC.  Setting up the stand was great fun although we struggled to fit as much stock into the car as we would have liked to take.  The show ran for four days and it was so lovely to meet other stall holders, customers and online followers. We even sold out of some patterns! I really can't wait to do another show in the future.

Setting up

All set up


What I bought I have been wanting to start knitting again (its probably been 20 years since I last knitted!) so I decided to treat myself to some new knitting needles.  Luckily the stand next to us sold the most beautiful knitting needles, The Lace Knittery.  I chose these pink 4.0mm needles, I got long and short set as I wasn't sure which I preferred.  So far I am finding the short needles really comfortable to use.

Knitting needles

I have been wanting to make some wrist warmers as well, so I bought a lovely knitting kit from Home Farm Wensleydales which includes pattern, yarn and buttons.  I have made one so far and really enjoying getting into knitting again.

Wrist warmer knitting kit

The last item I bought was this cute little snowman cross-stitch kit from Nia Cross Stitch.  Again it has been a long time since I have done some cross stitching but I thought this would make a great Christmas decoration.

Snowman Cross stitch

What I am working on this week I have finished two small crochet projects this week, a doll and a hat. The patterns will be coming soon but here is some sneaky peaks :-)

Thanks again to everyone who we spoke to over the weekend, we are hoping to book more shows next year.

Have a good week,

Louise x