I was determined not to miss the Dublin Knitting and Stitch Show this year and even bought my ticket in advance on-line (saving a whole euro (ha!)) and avoiding freezing my arse off standing in a 30 minute queue in 5degrees with no coat on like I stupidly did last time I went (double ha!)).
I don't know what happened last year, but this year the show was held in the RDS's Simmondscourt buildling (as opposed to previously using their Main Hall). Hall 8 as they call it is much larger than the Main Hall and I have to say the show really benefited from it. There were more exhibitors by the looks of it, but even better, there was more room to move about and minimal elbowing, which was really great.
I went with a plan and a (small) shopping list of sewing related things, and as I have no money whatsoever, managed to be really disciplined and didn't look at wool at all. The main thing on the list, and something that I've wanted for years, was a bigger cutting board. Somehow I have always talked myself out of getting one at previous shows but as they are always considerably cheaper there it really seemed stupid to put it off for any longer. So that was one tick off my list.
Christmas fabric, baby cord (for a coat) and a jelly roll (for an alphabet quilt that is another post to come...) went out of the window - nothing suitable, and my goodness, are jelly rolls expensive! The final thing was bobbin cases because I can only get half my bobbins to fit on my lovely spool holder.
I have to say that despite the bigger size venue, better catering and less elbowing, I didn't have a great time, but I put it mostly down to having a really crappy head cold and managing to go half deaf from blocked sinuses the minute I walked through the door which didn't help with the decision making process. This was a large contributing factor to my completely un-sensible non-list purchase: 4 mini charm square packs of Moda's Sunny Side by Kate Spain.
Admittedly, I was (and still am) completely smitten by the range but €5 per pack is a total rip-off, especially when a) you can buy a normal charm pack and cut it into quarters for around €7 (which equals less than €2 per mini pack) and b) the shop I bought them from sells them for €4 on their website. Un-im-pressed.
But the money is spent so no more moaning about it. Only trouble is, now I am smitten. I have planned a big quilt for Stashlet, bought two more (proper sized) charm square packs to cut into additional mini squares (2.5 inches if you haven't come across them before) and am waiting for matching plain colours to come through the post which have now arrived. I have even planned out the quilt, counted squares, and know exactly what is going to go where. and it's on a spreadsheet (this is alarmingly anally retentive but there are so many tiny squares I think I would get completely lost without it). This from me, a not-that-interested-in patchwork person, is rather surprising, but perhaps that's how your mojo comes back: sneaking up on you in strange ways.
I'm just finishing an advent calender for Stashlet and once that's done, I'll be quilting...