Monday, October 17, 2005

My visit to Ally Pally

I went to Ally Pally on Saturday. I meant to spend at least 6 hours there but ended up spending only 2 hours. Getting to Ally Pally was a nightmare. Usually on a normal working day with all the traffic it takes me about an hour to reach London but on Saturday it was unbeleivable.It took me 3 hours to reach London. So I had to rush here there and everywhere. There is so much to see but I couldn't linger on anywhere.
However I did manage to meet Barbara Willis, Patti Culea and Betts Vidal. As always they had many lovely dolls on display and I simply had to buy their patterns.

This is Barbara and Betts at their Stall.
I was very extravagant in the bead stall. I am not going to tell you how much I spent! I have to forget it somehow. But hey I don't usually spend so much on beads so once in a year is allowed I think. I also bought some lovely yarns but limited myself to buying tiny bundles.

This one was beautiful and so sparkely but too expensive, so I settled for smaller bundles

I thought I would try out more felting with this fibre. I want to make something out of felt for the dolls.

Loved the colour of these yarns so I got a small bundle.
I wish I had had more time there were some lovely yarns this year.

I love these silk cocoons. I got some plain ones too so that I can dye them to my liking. Have to experiment got lots of ideas.

Time just flew by and it was time to say goodbye to Barbara and Betts. Patti had disappeared as she was going to the theater for a show. I hope she got there on time as getting away from AP was as bad. Met up with Jan too. Again because I was pushed for time I just about managed to say hello to her.
It took my husband more than an hour to come and pick me up even though he was not far away. Next time I will take the train.


Maryellen said...

Looks like you got some great stuff. Hey if you take up spinning you'll end up with loads of wool hnging around. Are you going to needle felt or wet felt?

Judi said...

Wow - some very fun stuff! Love the colors of the roving you bought. Can't wait to see what you do with it! Shame that Patti snuck out to go to the theater ... bet she was sorry she missed you too!