There has been so much going on lately that I’m struggling a little more than usual to keep up.
On Sunday as I’d mentioned, I went to the RDS for The Knitting & Stitching Show. Unfortunately, for my ever suffering husband, my car decided it really had had enough of driving back and forth on the Dungorney Road.
I feel the need to point out to those of you that won’t be familiar with the afore mentioned road, that I mean ‘road’ in the loosest sense of the word. Imagine a road as smooth as silk, a pleasure to drive, that your car no matter the age, make or model, glides smoothly over.
The road from Lismore (where I live) to The shop in Midleton, is the exact opposite.
So Coni and I headed off in the wee small hours and arrived pretty much as the doors to the hall were opening. As usual there was a right mish mash of vendors, many with yummy woolly, fabricy goodness, lots of papercrafting and embroidery too, but there were quite a few stalls selling everything from clothes to hard skin removers, which as always is a little disappointing.
Happily there were a couple of stalls with new items on them including 2 new Irish companies that caught my eye especially.
Denise Pinnegar is the woman behind the new Irish business Unravel, which she runs from her studio in Co. Wexford. Denise has created several knitting and crochet kits which use Irish Yarns, find out more about Unravel here.
The Bead & Button Emporium is the brainchild of Sharon Murphy who has developed a unique collection of hand-crafted jewellery, buttons, beads and more. Working with polymer clay, Sharon’s wares are beautiful and imaginative with a little quirkiness thrown in for good measure. As a fan of all things buttons I’ll certainly be looking into the possibility of becoming a stockist of The Bead & Button Emporium goodies.
The other items I purchased were material for my son to make himself a pair of trousers and some grey denim to make a dress for me. A hank of beautiful Coolree Yarn to have a little play with, a couple of books to add to my library and the ball of Katia Chevrolet is so I can knit it up an see if I’d like to get it in for the shop. I also picked up one of the fantastic Latvian Mitten Kits from Hobbywool as they were just to tempting to resist.
If that wasn’t enough excitement for one week TV3 met us at the shop first thing in the morning yesterday to film a 2 minute piece on our Knit Happens campaign for the lunchtime and evening news. Lee Ann Flemming a friend and one of our knitting group regulars was persuaded to come along and join me for the filming, bedecked in and rocking her woolly creations (thanks babes).
The cameraman Rory was a genius and really managed to bring out the beauty of the stockings when he zoomed in for the piece and I was really happy with how pretty the shop looked on the film.
All of this publicity, on the telly and in the newspapers as fun as it looks, is to try and get our message out there and raise awareness of the very necessary service that is the East Cork Rapid Response.
Today I have 100 flatpacked boxes to get ready for the next stage of our Knit a Stocking Campaign – Selling Them.
We hope to have the boxes in the shops and business in the East Cork region, that have agreed to help us raise funds by the end of this week, so keep an eye out for them. It would be great if some of you could take the time to post on the Knit Happens Facebook Page if you notice one of our boxes.
Tomorrow is the launch night and I have to make a speech – wish me luck.
I’ll keep you posted.