amazing. Just amazing. This was my very first time that I visited a craft fair. The h+h fair in Cologne. The main reason was of course the diy-blogger contest I participated in. But I did not expect to meet so many nice people, see so many gorgeous yarns and have fun talks with exhibitors. In English of course. But let’s start from the beginning :).
My contest project: A Color it!-along knitting adventure
SATURDAY, 22th March 2014. H+H FAIR | COLOGNE
Saturday was full of anticipation, nervous fidgeting and adrenaline. Of course. Contests usually involve this. Anyway, if you have not taken part in a kind of contest for so long, it seems double intense. The morning? Coffee. Breakfast. Nutella. I always take Nutella for breakfast when I am at a hotel. At home, we do not buy Nutella. Just sometimes. For weekends ;). It was a cloudy cold windy day – why is it always this way, weather like mind?
Meeting the other bloggers at the fair was really, really exhilarating. But it was loud and we were all a bit distracted. A tiny bit. Also it seemed to me that we all had to look out for our projects which were displayed on long narrow and high tables. Visitors to the fair could walk through these rows of tables and have a close look at all our beautiful creations for the contest. I had a bit mixed feelings about that because some pieces were already missing at noon and the award ceremony was at one o’clock. The nice sewn, crocheted, knitted and crafted creations were widely open for thieves. I would have loved to have seen them decorated at a wall or on ropes, especially the big items like plaids, skirts and so on. Anyway, we had a good time together chatting and drinking a bit of sparkling wine (or a bit more).
The ceremony itself was short and nice. From all that I could understand. It was too bad that there was no microphone so we had to ask for repetitions. The absolute fabulous and well-earned winners were:
1. Julia Bräunig – www.kreativlaborberlin.de
Please check out this cute and true to detail doll house. I am in love with the sewing room!!! The tiny boots. Magazine. A dollhouse full of love to details <3.
2. Julia Korff – www.lillesolundpelle.de
A package full of “take a break – work, create. live, enjoy”. Enjoy her amazing magazine!
3. Kasia Hanack – www.madebykasia.de
And here is a list of all of the twenty finalists!
I am so sorry that I could not celebrate in typical Cologne style – with a “Kölsch”. My feet were hurting and needed some rest to recover. On Saturday, I went again on the fair. And – oh – what a day!
SUNDAY, 23th March 2014. H+H FAIR | COLOGNE
I had time to discover and bathe in yarn colors. Drachenwolle. Manos del Uruguay.
Manos del Uruguay
But my absolute favorites were: Malabrigo Yarn and Madelinetosh. I love these colorways and the softness of those yarns. And the more shiny the better. So I stayed quite a long time at Malabrigo and it was so nice to talk with the exhibitors there! My secret knitting project no. 1 is knitted with – Malabrigo. I took quite naturally this out and stayed a bit knitting on. Passers-by took a look at me and the booth. So it was perfect team work ;). Next year, I just have to go there again – perhaps with another Malabrigo project on the needles? Who knows. But I know that I will be there patting the gorgeous flowing skeins and drooling over those colors. It makes me happy and this is the best excuse ever!
On Saturday, Madelinetosh tweeted that they were at the fair. Where??? Somehow I must have overseen it, so I looked it up on the fair map and went there straight ahead. Nearly. Because what did I see in front of me? Directly in front of me? A Stephen West sweater. And better. He was in it. He. Duh. I love his designs. As a knitting designer you have designer idols. His designs always make me think things like that: Oh gosh. Oh yes. What else? Why – of course! Sigh. Swoon.
And many things more like that. So it was fantastic meeting him in person! Just for a few words – but that’s okay. Who wants to talk to absolutely strangers all day long who keep stopping you and getting all nervous around you?! I needed a bit of rest to recover my teenage beeting heart (oh yes, I felt like a teenager in front of David Bowie – whose songs always make me shiver) and then up to Madelinetosh. And there – of course again – Stephen West.
The Madelinetosh colors and yarns made me feel like in heaven – again – so just to keep me grounded I bought some of them. And some more. And some more. I am now happy owner of the Madelinetosh booth (kidding – I got nine beautiful skeins!!!).
Here they are.
Then I went directly to the Handspinnergilde and could try my very first run on a spinning wheel – a Kromski Sonata! Woazaah! Loved it. Loved it so much. Loved all those pregnant thread worms I produced. I am totally addicted and perhaps I will soon have a new companion at home…? (Next to my husband. Again: kidding.).
Okay. Next year I will be in heaven again. In Cologne. Wanna meet me there? Give me a call or contact me!