Last weekend I've visited the H&H cologne, a German B2B trade fair for creative handicraft and hobby supplies and it's hard to find words to describe all the inspiring things I've seen and experienced. All the well-known brands presented their ranges and had awesome samples displayed, there were lots of indie dyers and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some yarns I'd only known thanks to the internet and I enjoyed having a chat with the representatives from abroad.
I started my day off by competing in the 'The German Quick Knit Championship', but even though I think I'm pretty quick, I am not anywhere near to what some people manage to knit within a minute. But the event was held by Miriam Tegels who is in the Guiness Book of World Records as world's fastest knitter. 118 stitches in a minute... at that rate I'd whip up a pair of socks in a day. I manage 168 stitche... but in 3 minutes... ;-) Anyway, it was good fun and for a good cause in addition, because all the squares knit are turned into blankets that go to charity.
Next on my list was yarn fondling, and boy, there was a lot to fondle...
one of my all-time favourites: Malabrigo
SweetGeorgia Yarns was there - 'colour explosion' and I enjoyed talking to Allison
I admired the colour range of Filcolana Arwetta... maybe an idea for yet another blanket project?
While fondling the fabulous yak yarn by Bisou Basin Ranch - I met Stefanie from Stitchcraftmarketing and I thoroughly enjoyed our chat - even though I only learnt today that she not only shares my love for yarn but also my love for cats. There would have been lots more to chat about, like cute cat socks...
And speaking of cute - I fell in love with these guys at the 'go handmade' stall
and to turn my day into a perfect one I had the chance to meet Laura Bellows, the founder of Jul Designs. Her screw-in closures are such a terrific idea and I can't wait to design the perfect shawl to go with the one I brought home with me. Thanks again Laura, for the fab gift!
Ah, there was so much more to see, beautiful displays, here one by Lana Grossa, wherever you went and ideas forming in my head by the minute... so I better stop writing and start to knit :)