Sunday, 13 February 2011

oh we do like to be beside the seaside...

My best friend K and I had a wonderful day down in Brighton yesterday.  As luck would have it we had brilliant sunshine for the third year in a row for the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show at the Brighton Centre.

The real highlight for us was the "Above and Below the Waves" exhibition in aid of the RNLI.  Over 2,000 knitters from around the world took almost 2 years to create a giant underwater world of coral and sea creatures, together with cliffs and beach scenes on the exterior walls.

For more information on this fascinating exhibition take a peek here.

It would have been rude not to do a little shopping, too, so I came home with some KnitPro circular needles for my first foray into sock knitting.  I had a great conversation with the lady from Coleshill Accessories who had also just started a pair of socks from Socks from the Toe Up (Mr B bought me a copy a couple of weeks ago) and was delighted to show me her first attempt. 

K and I also spent quite a while chatting to a super-excited Mandy Shaw of Dandelion Designs who had just received an advance copy of her new book - K and I were both completely smitten, and will definitely be ordering this when it comes out at the end of April.

We were both quite restrained with our purchases (much to the relief of the hubbies waiting at home!) as we're off to the Unravel festival of knitting in Farnham in two weeks.  We can't wait to stroke all that beautiful yarn...

We took advantage of the sunshine to have a little walk along the seafront after the show.  The old West Pier looked incredible as the sun began to set:

It was also a lovely surprise when K spotted some guerrilla knitting right down on the seafront, where some creative-type had decided to brighten up the railings overlooking the beach:

What a wonderful day, and how lucky we were with the weather as it's pouring with rain today!

- Rachel x

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