I think a good time had by all; the coffee and cake was plentiful and we had the opportunity to meet the editors of all the ACM magazines, Sew Hip, Inside Crochet, Knit, Simply Beautiful, Modern Quilting, Handmade Living and the newly launched Handmade Fashion.
So, who was around the table?
Camilla Hair, Camilla is a spinner and she had with her a drop spindle which is a little hand-held spinning device which she let us have a go at. She is going to send me a piccie of me having a go, quite easy to get the hang of and nice and relaxing. Camilla is attending the Fibre-east festival - not quite sure if she is visiting or doing a workshop; I will try and find out. Anyway, here is a link to hers and the festival websites... http://www.camiknitter-bobbinalong.blogspot.co.uk/ http://www.fibre-east.co.uk/Fibre-East/Home.html
Ali Campbell and her friend Lilly, Ali is addicted to crochet and has a wonderful website and blog where you can book lessons and buy patterns - if you are not feeling like being creative yourself you can buy one of Ali's ready made items, she has hats, scarves, shawls and throws and the cutest little toys http://macscrochet.blogspot.co.uk/ http://gethookedoncrochet.co.uk/
Beth Butcher has a lovely website full of her favourite things some she wants to buy and some she has made herself; another one of those enviable people who have 'an eye' for gorgesy stuff! (v jealous!) http://bethbutcher.wordpress.com/
Helen Hazon is a quilter par excellance! A regular contributor and has made a mini quilt pattern starting on page 58 of the 1st issue of Modern Quilting.
A name familiar to many, Nicki Trench, was there with her friend (whose name I have rather rudely forgotton). Nicki is a writer and designer with a passion for all things beautiful, be it patchwork, crochet, knitting, gardening and cakes, can't fault any of those interests. http://nickitrench.blogspot.co.uk/
Everyone's favorite guest was baby John the grandson of Vanessa Hubbard. What a wonderfully well behaved boy he was and some fantastic pictures were taken of him. Vanessa is a professional knitter who doesn't seem to have a website but is on twitter as @alpacaaddict.
A couple of latecomers to the group were Linda who works in a PR role for Fiskars and Colinette and Jo a journalist and contributor - I didn't get either of their surnames so don't know much about them, but did have a bit of a chat all the same. Jo has made a couple of cushion covers with a simple flower applique design which was (I think) destined for a future publication, might have a go at something similar for cushion on Chuggers.
Well, I think that is the roll-call complete, it goes without saying the staff were very welcoming and generous with their time, no glares when we totally disrupted the office when we were supposed to be just 'passing through'. Did I mention the cake, a chocolate one made by Naomi's mum, which was very nice but I'm not a big fan of choccie cake (freak I know) and a rather stunning jam and cream sponge which was lovely and eggy, a perfect 10/10 for someone (didn't catch who made that).
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