The event was a lot quieter than you might have expected, and people seemed to be wandering into classes without having paid or registered, which must have p-ed off the tutors and organisers... but I really enjoyed a talk on Ethnic Lace Knitting by Nancy Bush, Liz Lovick and Donna Druchunas, and a brilliant class entitled "Introduction to Japanese Knitting", again with Donna.
This is Nancy Bush with an Estonian shawl.
In the Marketplace, I met Karie (hello!) and Kate and Lilith, but was too shy to say hello to Annie Modesitt or Woolly Wormhead. I did get a big hug from Natalie of the Yarn Yard though!
L to R: Karie, Kate and Lilith
I also asked a distinguished-looking lady for directions to the Ethnic Lace talk... and of course it turned out to be Nancy Bush herself.
I was mortified. I have three of her books and I didn't recognise her. Fool.
I was very controlled in my purchasing and came away with only two skeins of Old Maiden Aunt sock yarn - it is beautiful!
Top to bottom: Derelict Daughter and Bluebells
It was the first time I had been to such a gathering of knitters and it was quite overwhelming. I am definitely feeling inspired to finish my Percy shawl and move on to other projects - especially trying out a Japanese pattern or some Estonian lace.
Verdict? A fabulous day out! :)