Knitting & Stitching Show @ Alexandra Palace *Saturday 13 Oct 2012* - MEET UP [smile]

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Would you like to meet for lunch, say at 1300? Ideas please where would be best to meet! The Tea Room can be booked for £21 per head but is there anywhere else to sit down and munch? It would be great to meet other Woolly Hugs knitters.

Ideas please!
Thanks thanks

I have had a look at trains, and I might be able to get down from Glasgow to meet up with people - and I know I'd enjoy this show - but I need to check dates with dh (if I'd be welcome, of course).

SDTG... Fab!

Everyone welcome! Not just Woolly Hugs!

Sounds good to me! Like SDTG I just need to check that it doesn't clash with other family things.

I have never (knowingly) met another MNetter

Me, neither! smile

I've met up with a few of the Scottish mumsnetters (I live in Glasgow), and they are lovely people. We even had a woolly hugs knitting meet up in Glasgow recently, that was a real success.

I am looking at how to get down - dh works for the railway, so that keeps costs down, and I might come down on the sleeper - otherwise I have to leave Glasgow at 06.30 - which is very, very early!

Oooh very envy about the sleeper. My view on this may have been coloured by Agatha Christie novels.

Would the show at Harrogate be easier? Xx

Either Harrogate or Ally Pally would be OK for me - I'm happy to go with whichever is easiest for the rest of you. If I come down on the sleeper, I will get into London in plenty of time, and will be able to treat myself to a big breakfast somewhere, and get to the show when it opens. Honestly, don't change your plans for me. xx

London would be easier for me to be honest - but happy to go with the majority grin

I've asked dh (my source of all rail info) and he reckons London is actually easier from Glasgow than Harrogate is.

London 4 me!

It sounds like London is the best choice for us all. I'm getting excited now!

PurplePidjin Mon 03-Sep-12 11:38:50


RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 03-Sep-12 13:30:43

Have fun smile

Sadly can't be joining you, but if you do get together, the rule is you must have cake grin

Cake? Oh OK, if I must! grin I wouldn't want to break the rules.

CAKE - a must! grin.

Will miss you both - Pistey and PurpleP sad

Anyone know where to meet and eat cake at 1300?


PurplePidjin Mon 03-Sep-12 13:48:28

Yes, cake is The Law at woolly meet ups grin

PurplePidjin Mon 03-Sep-12 13:49:43

If i find the cash behind a sofa cushion between now and then, i'll join you PnP smile

I s'pose I can force myself to eat cake!

Purple - it would be lovely if you could manage to get there.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 03-Sep-12 16:32:55

I'll be there...wandering around with a glazed expression and loads of yarn. I go every year as my birthday treat to me.

I can always find time to eat cake smile

Dh seems not to have realised that there may be yarn on sale at a Knitting and Stitching show, and that I may buy some of said yarn, to add to my STABLE (*ST*ash Beyond Life *Expectancy). I'm not going to remind him. grin

Hmm - bolding fail.

PurplePidjin Mon 03-Sep-12 17:54:50

Hmm, wonder if i can wangle that line too, GetOn, despite being a month early. I'll be. Huuuuuuuge by my actual birthday!!

Pleeeeeeease do, Purple - it would be lovely to meet you!

Where would be best to meet and have lunch and cake?! proposing 1300.
What is the show like? Any tips?
Many thanks.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Sat 08-Sep-12 14:11:52

The show is usually heaving with people (I am always irrationally annoyed by those trailing wheely trollies and wearing huuuge backpacks).

There are usually areas at the end of the main hall where they sell teas etc with large round tables that you can sit at but they are often very busy. There are also sometimes some 'picnic' areas set out away from the main exhition. They are quieter but often tucked out of the way.
The queues are often long and refreshments expensive ish. We always take a sandwich and bottled water (can get hot in the halls). My DSis and I will often go and sit outside to eat if the weather is nice usually is. It's nice to get some fresh air.

The queues for the loos are looong!

Wear comfy shoes as you will be doing loads of walking and collect lots of flyer/business card type things for the stalls selling stuff you liked but didn't buy at the time...most have websites and you can order later after seeing things IRL.

Don't forget to have a look at the textile art stuff, it is amazing!


Where shall we all meet at 1300 - suggest taking picnic as you suggested - any good spot for a first met up before finding a spot to hopefully sit down?! Must pack cake!

I think I will raid a M&S for a picnic when I get to London - I will have all of the morning to potter around and try not to get lost! How are we going to recognise each other? I have one suggestion - I have some crocheted brooches I have made, and could send you each one - they are all the same design, so we'd recognise them.

SDGT crochet brooches - fab! (smile). We may spot each other before 1300! What fun!

Anyone have an idea where to meet at 1300? I hope to receive by post the show's catalogue so should be able to look at a map.

Catalogue sent by post a week before show.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Tue 11-Sep-12 21:00:28

Once you enter Ally Pally you generally have to go through some doors- where you show your ticket - and along a corridor area, then into the exhibition halls (if that makes sense)...the corridor area would probably be the best place to meet.

There is a bit of space (usually with a display or two) just inside the doors, so we would have room to 'spot' each other. Hopefully I will be with just look for two plump, middle-aged women, one blonde and one dark (dyed) redhead. We will be muttering about our aching feet and clutching huge bags of yarn and fabric grin.

Crocheted brooches sound fab! (have visions of crocheted Pom Bears)..

FAB! See you there at 1300! I will post a photo of myself at my profile photos page so you know what I look like!

Good idea, practically - I will do the same!


Have just bought my ticket grin

I will put up a photo next week after I've been to the hairdressers because I'm vain and shallow

MOSagain Sat 15-Sep-12 13:15:27

Just seen this and would have loved to have gone but I can't eat cake and that seems to be a pre-requisite! sad

I'll eat your cake for you,MOSagain! [selfless]

MOSagain Sat 15-Sep-12 17:51:55

Thats right, taunt the diabetic sad

GetOnYourDancingShoes Sun 16-Sep-12 20:15:25

I could bring diabetic-friendly cake... [no excuses accepted emoticon] although it is equally important to maintain your levels in the light of all that exercise...cake may well be required grin

I didn't know, MOS - I didn't mean to offend you.

MOSagain Mon 17-Sep-12 14:36:25

Geton what a lovely offer but doesn't anything diabetic taste like shite? I'm new to all this, not long diagnosed. Had diabetic clinic a few days ago and really pleased my sugar levels had gone down but bloody cholestrol had gone up! WTF can I eat?

SDT don't worry, you didn't offend me, takes a little bit more than that <mos wonders whether she should start a thread on AIBU regarding discrimination at meet ups?>

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 17-Sep-12 23:04:56

I make a very passable cake with half sugar (DD has been diabetic since the age of now heading for the Teen wilderness!).

It is possible to make lower sugar, slower release cakey type treats...honest! Most recipes make use of fruits, oats and wholemeal flour to make things a bit more 'healthy'.
(You just have to allow for the extra carbs when calculating your insulin and have it as a snack or part of your usual meal).

'Diabetic' foods aren't recommended and probably do taste like shite. We've never used them, just tried to make things as healthy as possible grin

MOSagain Tue 18-Sep-12 13:41:42

No you see thats what confused me about diabetic foods. When I was first diagnosed I went on a course at the local hospital and they said diabetic foods (ie the range they sell in Boots) is not suitable for diabetics confused
I was just getting to grips with all the sugar malarky and now I have to watch out for 'bad fats' due to cholestral going up. Think they want me to live on rabbit food sad

Just a fortnight away! Anyone else going? Exhibitors list is online. Looks good.

Ooooh golly - not too long to go, then!!

Have posted a photo of me for woolly recognition purposes. Go easy on me - I am feeling fragile grin

I'll take it down in a day or two. I don't want to frighten other posters grin

Fab portrait. It will be a pity to see it go from your profile.

I plan to wear a turquoise top and orange skirt - you cant miss me in this! bought it from White Stuff in a colourful mood!

You are too kind. grin

You look lovely - and your knitting and crochet does too. I am trying to master granny squares at the moment - and not doing terribly well. If I am still floundering in a fortnight's time, I shall be begging for some expert tuition from you!

Happy to help if you still need it then. I'll be bringing something to do - either knitting or (more likely) crochet. I use the purl bee blog for my granny square help. It's in American terminology but it is a great step by step guide. Just remember to use a treble where it talks about DC.

I will go and look for that - thanks! I have found a tutorial on YouTube, and that was in American too.

GetOnYourDancingShoes Mon 01-Oct-12 12:47:14

My tickets have arrived.

Hotel is booked (DSis and I make a weekend of it!) grin

Train timetable has been checked.

Now to hunt under sofa cushions for every available penny!

JackieFazal Mon 01-Oct-12 13:21:37

hi everyone smile

i was wondering if i wriggle my way in and meet some mummies along the way smile I have heard of this show but it sounded a bit daunting for me to go because ally pally is huuuuuge! Does anyone mind if i squeeze in to your little get together smile

'Course not, Jackie! I think it's the more the merrier, myself.

And I've nailed granny squares, TheWoollyBacksWife - three pretty good ones done today, and now I am trying something more ambitious - I just hope it doesn't all end in tears!

Fantastic SDTG!

My ticket arrived today too. I must book my train tickets. Getting excited grin

SoupDragon Thu 04-Oct-12 11:32:08

I've just booked my ticket - getting very excited now.

I'm going to be at the show fairly early - as the sleeper gets into London at around 7am. I'm going to find somewhere for a leisurely breakfast, then wander over to Ally Pally and have a browse before meeting up with the rest of you. Then I'll have a couple of hours before I have to head off for my train back north again. I might spend the journey enjoying my new yarns and doing some knitting or crochet - or I might just fall asleep!

JackieFazal Thu 04-Oct-12 14:19:05

ill take it there will be a lot of walking around the different stalls smile

It's nearly Saturday!!!

See you all at 1300 beside FAD (East London Embroiderers) West Hall Corridor just past the entrance to the exhibition, just before the catalogue sales desk.

I will be wearing turquoise top and orange skirt with multi coloured spots!

Let's have a picnic - weather looks OK.

Thanks to all to help me with the above plan.

I will be on a Bakers Dolphin coach from Bristol - leaving 8 and arriving I hope at 12 (grrr will miss a hooked talk at 11 - coach co said eta was 1000 but a friend says 1200 is more likely).

- Woollybackswife
- GetOnYourDancingShoes
- PurpleP?
- JackieFazal
- SoupDragon?
- me!
- anybody else?

The catalogue shows that it is a huge exhibition!
See you soon!

GetOnYourDancingShoes Thu 11-Oct-12 22:54:36

I don't know what I'll be wearing yet but I'm fairly short, plump and shortsighted with a dark reddish bob (DH is such a lucky man!) grin.

I shall be accompanied by a blonde version of me (DSis).

See you all there smile

I'm not sure what I will be wearing, but there's a picture of me on my profile, and I will be carrying a bright red rucksack. I'm planning to obtain my picnic at M&S, so will probably be clutching a carrier bag too.

I am excited and nervous, and am crossing my fingers that I sleep on the train, and don't get a sore hip like I did last time.

I just have to make sure I don't buy more yarn than I can carry!

Only a couple of hours, and I'll be on the sleeper! I'm going to be wearing a denim skirt, maroon shirt, and lighter maroon long waterfall cardigan. Can't wait to see you all!

I'm just checking the Tube map to make sure of my route counting the number of stops because I'm a country bumpkin

My train gets in tomorrow at about 11:30 so I should be at Ally Pally well before 1. I can't wait smile

It was wonderful to meet you all - well worth the journey. Oh, and there was some interesting yarn too!grin

I had a lovely time. It was great to meet you ladies hides purchases from DH grin

Meeting you all yday and WBW's yummy cake were one of the highlights of the show - and the show was fantastic!

I meant to say farewell SDGT but lost you in the swarm heading back to the show after the picnic with the beautiful panoramic view of London.

JFazal - we missed you, are you OK?

Hugs to alll.

Don't worry, Practically - I had fallen behind.

My journey home was great - as far as Euston Preston, where the train terminated and we were all turned off to wait for another train to take us to Carlisle, where I waited 50 minutes in the cold for a train that finally took me home. I could have got an earlier train, but it had only three coaches, and was packed to the gunnels with its own passengers, and people turfed off our train, so I decided to wait for a bigger, more comfy train. Hero dh drove in to Glasgow and drove me home, then cooked me a late supper.

But it was absolutely worth it - the show was great, and meeting all of you was even greater!

GetOnYourDancingShoes Sun 14-Oct-12 18:32:00

DSis and I are home and back to reality!

It was lovely to meet you all.

I have sore feet, a lighter purse and a wishlist as long as my arm. grin

I am resurrecting the thread to say that I have finally finished the Advent calendar that I bought at the show. I'll pop a photo on my profile to show off grin

The down side is that it has bloody big pockets that will take a lot of filling.

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