The cool guy I saw at the show:
I traveled to NEC Birmingham to visit CHSI Stitches show recently.
It is the Europe’s largest trade show in craft industry. If you are in craft business, there may be lots of seminars useful for you to learn business strategies. It is a good place to see craft trends and new products.
Because I had to travel quite a distance, I did not have time to sit down for workshops or seminars, but it was still a lot of fun.
What I notice the most was craft kits; sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, it seems that everyone is making kits. I guess kits are very handy. You do not need to shop for each material or invest too much money. They give you exactly how much you need for the project.
Some kits come in nice packages and make very attractive gifts. I like the ones come in small tins.
Some authors have their designs put into kits and selling them. It is a lot of effort and investment. Hats off to them.
I like this brand: Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord.
Her designs are quirky and unique. They are certainly different from typical Japanese amigurumi and I like that a lot. She has a online shop of course.
As for the new product, I found this one: interchangeable straight needles.
I have seen interchangeable circular needles, but not straight needles. You can adjust the length of needles by adding parts. It is cleverly thought and the finish is nice and smooth. You do not need to worry about your knitted piece getting caught at the joints. It seems they have received good reviews so far. I know I will not need long needles since I only knit small items, but it is still tempting.
If you find it troublesome to carry long needles, these may be good for you. I have a long knitting bag I bought some time ago. I truly love it and I like showing it off, so maybe, those needles are not for me at this moment.
My knitting bag: from Cath Kidston
I like the retro look.
My publisher, Search Press had their stand as usual. I stopped by to say hello.
It is so nice to see my books on display.
It seems that they had fantastic visitors.
Arne and Carlos! I was gutted when I found out that I just missed them! Maybe next time.
Search Press won the best craft publisher of the year again. No surprise there.
I also spotted my Alice at the Practical Publishing stand.
This is a cover-mount knitting kit which is coming out soon from Knit Now magazine. I got a special permission to share this image here. With the kit, you can make Alice, Rabbit and Cat. They are not tiny and easy to make. I hope many knitters will enjoy it.