Another craft fair I heard about through my friend Fliff Carr, a ceramicist. What I particularly liked about this fair, held in St Mary-the Virgin church, was the very wide variety of objects on show, not all from the UK.
MADE, the Design and Craft Fair held this autumn 22-25 October at One Marylebone, NW1 4AQ, was full of a wide variety of items to suit every taste. I particularly liked Amanda Anderson’s Mosaics and Jeff Soan’s segmented animals but was tempted by something on almost every stand.
Great for early Christmas shopping – the MADE Spring Show April 29th to May 1st is due to be held in Bloomsbury.
One of the classes I went to after I retired was machine knitting. I only knitted one cardigan by shaping the various parts on the machine. For the rest, I knitted lengths of pure wool, felted them at 40°C in the washing machine and cut out the fabric I’d made using dress-making patterns. The fleeces were the most successful – being pure wool they were light as well as warm and could be washed again and again without shrinking or felting further. I also made a pair of trousers but they were a failure – too thick and too warm. I tried them on when I finished them but I have never worn them.
Although as a child in London in WW2 I did a lot of hand knitting – we could all read and knit at the same time – I knitted only a few things by hand once I had retired with enough time to spare – a couple of cardigans, some scarves and a set of cushion covers
The stripy cushion on the right is machine knitted and the one on the left is knitted by hand.