Well, this year's birthday was a different one - I was on the Guild of Machine Knitter's stand at the NEC all day. It was just Pat and I as A couldn't make it, it was snowing quite hard in the Malverns. We had about 1.5" in Rugby but driving was ok if slower than normal.
This was our main display - "Well knit by Moonlight", designed by Alice Wolfe and knitted by her and eight guild members.
Scarves, a poncho and the machine with another scarf in progress.
I realised I've been attending the March show at the NEC for several years and rarely take many pictures, so I tried to take a few this year.
Adorable patchwork dragon
The famous "pile" at Black Sheep wools - I scored some Rowan Colourscape here, hurrah!
Donated bags for the Heartsease project
There are exhibitions too - there was an exhibition of lace from Calais.
I accidentally bought more yarn:
Rowan colourscape chunky - lusted after this for ages and then they discontinued it I think?
Bought this because I love me some James C Brett marble chunky, but then I had to go back for another colourway:
When I got back home, the Cog served prawn cocktail, enchiladas, apple crumble, coffee cake and wine, plus cava. Hurrah for the Cog!
Closer to home, I've been playing around with gadgets a lot lately. This is the design screen for the PPD (you can set the number of sts and rows yourself):
And this is the PPD itself (the cartridge is removable, and I do have one of the Brother volume cartridges somewhere!)
This is the magic hidden connector on the 950i - looks like CAT5, but isn't:
And a new gadget courtesy of Phil, which I haven't tried out yet. Floppy disks, ah that takes me back! Luckily I'm not QUITE old enough to remember the precursor to the 5.25" (genuinely floppy) disks, although I did see one once.
This afternoon I have mostly been trying to use up the blue cotton chenille. It does not seem to want to leave the house though, it is endless!