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Title: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on October 31, 2019, 14:46:02 PM
Is anyone going?

Has anyone been before?

I really want to go but not sure whether to book any workshops or just treat it as a shopping day!
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Sewingsue on October 31, 2019, 16:34:46 PM
I have been twice. Quite a way from me so I stayed over and made a mini holiday of it (just wish it wasn't at the end of November - weather unpredictable)

You could easily spend the whole day going round the stands - actually you could spend two days.
I suppose it depends if you see a class you really want to take.

Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on October 31, 2019, 16:41:53 PM
Thanks! I’m about 40 min away, so it’s easy enough to get to. The workshops I’ve seen that I would like to do are mostly booked up. So I may spend the money on a VIP ticket to use the cloakroom and VIP seating area instead  :D
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Helen M on October 31, 2019, 17:26:32 PM
I've been twice before as well, not done any classes though. The VIP ticket sounds a good idea because you can walk miles and there is never enough seating.

Not sure if I'll be going this year though. Which day are you going? I've been on the Thursday and on a Friday in the past.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on October 31, 2019, 17:28:37 PM
That’s really good to know about seating! VIP it is. I’ll probably go on the Friday if I can get my husband to look after the baby. If not I’ll have to take a day off work and go on Thursday, but I’m desperately short of annual leave so hoping husband can step up!
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: coffeeandcake on October 31, 2019, 18:38:35 PM
I went two years ago and bought VIP tickets which were definitely worth getting. I received a catalogue of the events about a week before  which included some discount vouchers to use and I also received a couple of freebies when I went into the VIP seating area.  I didn't do any of the workshops but there was so much to see that I was never at a loss. 
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: sewmuchmore on October 31, 2019, 18:52:03 PM
I have been going every year for donkeys and done various workshops. I do notice this year though they haven't got any of the afternoon ticket (cheaper entry after 3pm) when it is less busy and you can actually get round the stalls.
Not sure I will make it this year the way things are at the moment so watch this space I may have 2 tickets to sell.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 01, 2019, 11:24:05 AM
I went last year and loved it! It was a grand day out. There's so much to see. You'll be on your feet a lot, choose shoes carefully. Study the layout of the stalls and work out how best to get round the ones you want to see. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy so many sewing-related displays all in the one location.

All the workshops were booked up early last year, so I booked into a seminar instead. It was interesting, but I probably wouldn't do it again. It was well worth it for a sit down though! I'm hoping to go again this year and will look into the VIP options, just for the seating.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: FrancesL on November 02, 2019, 07:22:35 AM

I'm going on the Saturday with my sister & DD. It's about an hour & quarter from home for me so not too far.

Lots to see (& buy😊) - there aren't many decent fabric shops near me so it's great to have so much to choose from.





Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on November 02, 2019, 07:26:01 AM
I’ve booked!! Going on Friday, and treated myself to 2 workshops. Hopefully that will keep me from buying too much while I’m there  :devil:
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 02, 2019, 15:47:27 PM
I've booked for Thursday. I had a workshop (couture techniques, who am I trying to kid) added to my basket and then went to book trains (didn't want to buy the show tickets only to find that train tickets were too expensive). When I went back, despite the site telling me that I was within the time limit, the last workshop place had gone  >:). I've put my name on the waiting list.
Looking forward to my big day out  :)
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: sewmuchmore on November 02, 2019, 18:17:27 PM
I. I've put my name on the waiting list.
Looking forward to my big day out  :)
@SkoutSews  If you don't get a place before check on the day at the show. They get cancellations and/or no shows and put a list up of available places.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 02, 2019, 19:24:01 PM
Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Tamnymore on November 02, 2019, 19:59:07 PM
Hoping to go on the Thursday but I won't book any workshops this time. I've been a few times in the past and always enjoyed it. If you are coming by train you can have a quick look at the Harrogate shops on the way in and you can come and go into the hall anyway if you want to nip for some refreshments away from action.  Remember there's the Remnant House in the centre of Harrogate. One year we had tea at Bettys after - that was good. Definitely a nice day out.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 27, 2019, 09:20:39 AM
I'm looking forward to the KASS tomorrow at Harrogate!  @Tamnymore and anyone else who is planning to go tomorrow, do you fancy meeting up for a coffee at some point?  PM me if you'd like to arrange something.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Tamnymore on November 27, 2019, 12:27:42 PM
Not quite sure how the day will pan out @SkoutSews as I've arranged to meet a number of people at various points and I think we are heading into town at lunchtime and leaving quite early so hope you and other TSPers don't mind if we don't make an exact arrangement to meet up this time. It does get a bit crowded in the hall both stalls and catering. I will wear my TSP badge though and will look out for other TSP badges.

For those of you within hailing distance of West Yorkshire we ought to have a meet up at Fabworks in Dewsbury sometime.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 27, 2019, 15:31:47 PM
Sounds complicated, Tamny! Yes, I remember the crush at times last year. Have a good day and I'll look out for TSP badges.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on November 29, 2019, 21:36:24 PM
How did you guys get on? I went today and it was the most colossal disaster 🙈 Husband was meant to be having a daddy-baby day, but then had to work from home during the morning, promising he’d be done by 11. He finished at 11 then started making bread 🙄 Once that was finished I set off for Harrogate. 45 minutes later I arrived and found a text saying “the pram is in the boot of the car we really need it can you come back”. Sigh. Drive back, drop pram off and return to Harrogate. By this time there is not a parking space in the entire town, so I set up camp in the convention centre car park waiting to pounce. I miss my first workshop. Sigh 2.

Eventually find a parking space and after finding my way in to the flipping place, I’m desperate for the loo. Now just have time to get to second workshop. Of course, I get the dud sewing machine and spend most of the class rethreading the bugger. Sigh 3.

I visit the Juki stand, ready to buy the coverstitch of dreams. Turns out I have forgotten my wallet. Sigh 4.

It’s now time for final workshop; start to enjoy it then get a text saying baby has a cold and is whinging. Can I come home. Oh and bring fish and chips. Sigh 5.

Set off and spend over an hour in traffic, then 20 minutes in the most enormous queue for fish and chips. Check my phone to ask for an order and see a message saying “never mind I made pasta”. Sigh 6. Give up and drive home. Get home to find that there was only enough pasta for 1, but I could make myself some...

This was my first baby free thing in almost 18 months. I was really looking forward to it but it was just the most enormous and expensive frustrating mess. Maybe I’ll try again when the baby is at university  :devil:
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on November 29, 2019, 21:39:50 PM
Oops. Maybe should have posted that in the rant thread  :S

On the plus side the show looked absolutely fabulous, from the tiny fraction that I actually got to see! I met a lady who comes for a mini break and attends for all 4 days. I can absolutely see why! Maybe when I grow up 😂
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Sewingsue on November 29, 2019, 22:24:54 PM
Oh @Kittensposies - rant fully justified.
Now as a singleton I hesitate to chuck in my tuppence worth - but -
 
Why did he start to make bread when he knew you were expecting to leave at 11?

I assume you were able to cure the baby's cold when you came home.

And why had he only made enough food for one when he knew you were on your way home?
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Greybird on November 29, 2019, 22:38:17 PM
@Kittensposies I think this is where his training sessions begin. I think you will be in credit for some time after that list of failures.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: SkoutSews on November 29, 2019, 23:00:38 PM
What a catalogue of disasters, @Kittensposies . I'm sorry that your day out didn't work out well. Yes, give it a try another year, better luck next time.

I had a lovely time yesterday and came home with some nice fabrics, then woke up this morning with a not-very-nice-at-all cold. So I've had a lazy day dosing up on paracetamol and drinking hot drinks. At least I had good memories of the day - fabulous quilts, embroidery and textile art. I'm in awe of the talent behind it all.
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Celia on November 29, 2019, 23:39:18 PM
I really feel for you @Kittensposies I hope you can still get your Juki
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: wrenkins on November 30, 2019, 07:49:42 AM
I think I'd have been doing a bit more than sighing!  :angry:
Next time take your wallet and 'forget' your phone!!!!!
I'll stop now.  ><
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Kittensposies on November 30, 2019, 08:11:09 AM
Thanks for the virtual support everyone!! I am feeling a lot less sour this morning as husband went out last night after the baby was in bed and bought me a stack of all my favourite junk food plus some flowers. He was very apologetic.

He just doesn’t think of stuff like that... he’s a high flying academic, who has very little appreciation for logistics and planning. Words were had, don’t worry, and his “dealing with stuff on his own” training is definitely commencing!!
Title: Re: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate - 28th Nov to 1st Dec
Post by: Marniesews on December 01, 2019, 04:24:04 AM
We (DH & I) went on the Thursday. I was disappointed they didn't do a late night as we like to take our time but we got most of what I wanted to do in the time although I had to abandon DH in a food area for a while as his plantar fasciitis was giving him some jip by the afternoon.

I was rather upset by the food concession that did 6 types of coffee, two chocolate types, several flavour shots but only 1 type of tea! That's my biggest grumble of the day whereas DH complained  about being roughly barged into by quite a few women that day, not something he's ever mentioned at any of the previous K&S shows he attended with me even Ally Pally at its busiest. I didn't buy as much as at other shows but am very happy with it all (a couple of fabrics, some small storage boxes and quite a few beads) - absolutely no buyers remorse this time either. I even had some money left over to spend at the York Christmas Market the following day!  :D