So it was Knit Nation last weekend, and my first experience of a festival for serious knitters. I was desperately looking forward to it and have been mentally stashing away money for weeks, maybe even months! I'd initially planned on only going to the marketplace on Saturday, but as the day grew near and the excitement began to build I decided to go to a class too so I could shop on both days.
The occaision was held in the lovely Sherfield Building at Imperial College London;
I arrived well before opening on Friday expecting a ton of people to be elbowing for first spot but I must say it was all very restrained until about 5 minutes before opening time, when there was a huge rush to join the queue! I headed straight over to Wollmeise at the back of the marketplace and broke my Wollmeise virginity (as is apparently the phrase) grabbing some stunning Golden Pear laceweight and 2 skeins of sock (which is far too nice for socks!) The rush was mainly due to some ultimately unnecessary fears about the provision/non-provision of "top-ups" to the stall and the great fear of all the good stuff selling out early! I'd googled before arrival and had a mental list of about 10 colours I wanted to see in person and as the Golden Pear was at the top of the list I left pleased as punch!
Then I did my usual walk-round-the-room-four-times-before-deciding-what-you-want walk, which as the room was only average size, and not all that busy at this point, gained me some rather strange looks! Eventually the copious spending began and within an hour I ended up with this:
At which point I felt a little like a cow trying to force it's way through the ever increasing crowd. So I went home briefly before RUSHING off to Knebworth to attend Sonisphere, which Andrew and I were very kindly gifted guest passes to by my best-friend-from-school Kieran. His band, You and What Army, were playing as part of some competition with RedBull, and I can quite honestly say were totally awesome! Anyone who knows me will tell you I rarely talk about music because I don't exactly have the best of tastes (as Sue Sylvester says; "Liking show tunes doesn't make you gay, it just makes you awful") but in this case you really should believe me, even Andrew really liked them, and he is a far from easy man to please! Their sound is kind of rap-emo-fun, and I can totally see it being really popular, as it sounds current and slides in nicely alongside several chart bands of the moment. They've also played/are playing Download, T in the Park, Underage, Hevy Festival, so it's a very good time for them.
After that shameless promotion here's a picture of 4 handsome gents;
Andrew, Kieran, Kieran's friend Dave, Kieran's friend Dave's friend (oops, can't remember his name!)
After this we headed home very tired for a good night's sleep before a busy Knit Nation Saturday!