The Knitting & Stitching Show

Shamefully I’ve been neglecting my blog in the past year. Blame it on house renovation, an ambitious gardening project, and my daughter’s GCSE exams. Excuses, excuses, I know

Anyway what better way to kick-start it than to talk about something I love, and which gives me a lot of pleasure: knitting.

At the weekend I went to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia with friends Janet Gover and Jane Coulthard. Usually I visit Alexandra Palace for this event, but being a West London girl, Olympia is a great deal easier to get to.

This show is a cornucopia for those who knit and sew (although the wool stands were few and far between), but it’s also a showcase for some extraordinary work from various textile artists.

Here’s what I saw and experienced:

Knitted vegetables

These knitted vegetables look good enough to eat!

Tim Peake

Tim Peake’s spacewalk. A quilted wall hanging based on a still from BBC News as seen on an iPad.









This zebra is made entirely from sewing machine stitches, and it only took the artist 5 hours. Only…?!


I’d love to have this quilted picture of a Hawaiian volcano on my wall.















Knitted jumper

Remember the 1980s jacquard knitwear picturing idyllic country life? But look more closely, and it might not be so idyllic after all…

Leper's hands

Hands of a leper. This touching wall hanging makes something beautiful out of an ugly and scary disease.

Apart from loving my day out, getting inspired for my next knitting project(s) – with my credit card glowing red hot! – I was a little disappointed. As I mentioned above, there were fewer knitting-related stands this year, and these were quite spread out and therefore hard to find.

A woman on one of the concessions told us that although it was never a 50-50 balance between knitting and stitching stands, it was at least 30% knitting, and now it’s less than 20%.

So, is knitting becoming less popular, I wonder, or do the knitting concessions choose to exhibit at other shows? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.

My stash

My “stash” (which was quite modest this year).



About henriettegyland

USA Today bestselling author, published by One More Chapter Also, a translator, cat slave, guinea pig whisperer, knitter & upcycler, and hygge lover.
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