Knitting and Stitching Show, 2019

Harrogate Haul, 2019
Harrogate Haul, 2019

It’s that time of year again, and usually I try to do my Harrogate Report over the weekend when I’ve come back. This time, however, I went straight from Harrogate to help with the MathsJam Gathering, and didn’t really get home until Wednesday.

The two pieces of silk are to give me choices for the Faience necklace, the Sheepjes Whirl and pattern are for the next trip to see The Australian’s family (I don’t know when it will be, but I’m ready!), and the figured organdy matching silk and silk thread are honest stash: I fell for the organdy and got the others on spec. I’ll think of something to do with them eventually. Yes, really. I’m determined to!

I met up with Elizabeth of Sew In Love Stitch Art (always great to have a coffee together, and a wander through the halls), and met in person for the first time Georgina and her lovely goldwork animals, and Tanya and her modern medieval embroidery, inspired by the Luttrell Psalter. I bought her kit of Hounds to help me reboot myself over the holidays. I fell in love with those hounds months ago, but Akhenaten wouldn’t let me buy them. He doesn’t get a vote now I’ve finished him!

Two Workshops
Two Workshops

I also got Katrina Witten’s new book – signed by the author, no less. I’ve always loved what Katrina does, and there are ideas percolating in the back of my mind.

There are two reasons for going to the Show over two days, firstly because it makes the buying a little calmer and more methodical, and secondly because it means there are opportunities to attend the workshops without everything else becoming crowded and stressed.

This time, I investigated “Contemporary Fabric Manipulation” (I’ve no idea what, if anything, I will do with that) and “Drop Spinning”, using an absolutely gorgeous blend of baby alpaca, baby camel, and silk. I don’t know what I will do with it, but it’s lovely!

Acquired At MathsJam
Acquired At MathsJam

Then when I got to the MathsJam, an old friend popped up with a small box, which turned out to contain a gorgeous pair of Ernest Wright “Stork” scissors (pretty sure he doesn’t read the blog, but just in case – thank you!), Sue of TortoiseLoft appeared with some rather nice Sajou threads I’ve never seen before (thank you!), and Scott Elliot gave all of the attendees one of his very newest puzzles (thank you, too).

So, what with one thing and another, I have many new things to play with!


  1. What a lovely new additions to your stash Rachel! One day, I surely must go to a knitting and stitching show!

  2. Jen says:

    How exciting! Beautiful things to look at, creative inspiration, and new treasures to take home and play with!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time with some old and new friends. Now it is playtime with all your lovely goodies … 🙂

  4. Sue Jones says:

    Happy experimenting! I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the Faience Necklace. One day I shall get to Harrogate Knitting and Stitching myself. In the meantime it was almost as good looking at your stash and hearing about your courses.

  5. Lady Fi says:

    Enjoy your experimenting!

  6. Lin says:

    Nice restrained haul from Harrogate! Great gifts and the two workshops sound fun. xx

  7. Dima says:

    I always love reading about the knit and stitch show. This year made me wish I could go even more. I would love to meet Georgina in person.

  8. Meredithe says:

    Ooh, great haul! Lots of new goodies to play with – enjoy

  9. Carolyn Foley says:

    You didn’t go overboard but still managed to aquire a nice haul. Well done.

  10. Susan says:

    You certainly came home with beautiful things from both places. I do like the matching thread and fabric color – quite pretty and not as common as some colors (no reflection on their upbringing! =)

  11. Catherine says:

    What a great supply of goodies you got on your most recent trip!i do miss those shows. There’s nothing comparable here in Oz!