On Saturday 4th of May, I took part in the knitting & Crochet Guild Regional Open Day 2013, held in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard.
There was a lot to look forward to, including the Margaret Stove wedding gown, coat and veil, where she had both woven the cloth for the dress and and hand knitted the fine coat and veil. Along with this we had a collection of 1950s children's knitwear which will be featuring in a BBc documentary later this year.
From this collection I had a complete turnaround of natural beauty and was astounded by the colours and the quality of the yarn used for a child's fair isle cardigan. Although the garment is over 60 years old it still looks as if it has just been purchased from a designer store.
We also had a large selection of vintage knitting patterns available for sale along with our "Rogues Gallery" featuring some interesting knitting fashions of the past!
Our patron, Debbie Abrahams came along and was a pleasure to meet. She gave us a fascinating talk about her background and what inspires her. After which she gave us an insight along with showing us samples from her new book "Kaleidascope" co-written with Jane Crowfoot.
A yummy buffet lunch was served followed by afternoon workshops. Debbie Abrahams workshop was based on beaded knitting, Yolande taught crocodile stitch for crochet, Judith's workshop explored various knitting techniques including cast-on edges, Jane held a project based class with lacy wrist warmers using Rowan "Kid Silk Haze" and I taught a project based crochet workshop teaching popcorns and clusters.
The day ended with tea and cake of course........ and a good old natter and catch up with friends new and old.