Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM
After our herculean efforts for the fair, it was time to kick back and have fun today. And what better place to party than the annual jamboree that is The Knitting and Stitching Show?
This sumptuous extravaganza of all things textile-related is always a feast for the eyes and imagination (but can cause a serious famine in bank-balance land). The best specialist suppliers gather to purvey their glorious goods. There are exhibitions and galleries to browse; the latest technical innovations on display; colleges showcasing their students' work; and classes and workshops to drop in on throughout the day.
Almost as much fun as revelling in the deliciousness for sale is the age-old art of people-watching. Put several hundred artists and crafty types in one place and you get an impromptu pageant of skilful knitwear, hand-made corsages, outlandish jewellery, and outfits put together with inventiveness and flair.
The Knitting and Stitching Show runs until Sunday at Harrogate International Centre.