Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I wish knitting shows were like this

DD and I went to the Vitality show at the weekend, for a girly day out - I had been warned to take a strong bag ...

and here is why - all free samples!

I was surprised to see people with shopping trolleys (bags on wheels type not supermarket) waiting in the queue to get in, and I can see the logic - this lot was heavy to carry back on the train - never mind anything we bought. We could have had more (including a loaf of Nimble) but being a bit of a reserved type, I happily settled for what was readily handed out and didn`t go in for the `jumble sale` approach. But wouldn`t it be great if we went to knitting and stitching shows and came away with free samples from there?

It was a bit overwhelming to start with, but we had a good day, I had a makeover much to DD`s amusement (though will have to consider extending the mortgage if I want to buy the products used!) and * proud mother moment* DD was approached by a modelling agency scout and asked to submit some photo`s :-) I`ve always told her she is beautiful (and as she also has lovely hair, is 5`8" and a size 10 - if she wasn`t my daughter, I think I`d hate her!)

I don`t have much to show knitting wise, Thermal is growing s-l-o-w-l-y, but so far I am resisting temptation to cast on anything else (though I am not sure for how much longer). I may have to do another quick charity knit to get myself going again, as I find though part of my mind is willing, the bit that controls the hands just doesn`t seem to be picking thermal up when it should. I have also been a bit more absorbed with reading lately. MIL gave DD this book for Christmas (Noughts and Crosses in case the title is as invisible on your monitor as it is on mine)

and DD wasn`t interested - I on the other hand picked it up the other day and read 100+ pages straight off, which is unusual for me this side of my teenage years. It has been a very long time since a book has drawn me to sneak off and read a few pages when I should be doing something else, and invariably led to meals being late, or finally falling asleep in the wee small hours when my eyes could no longer focus.

It follows the relationship between Sephy (a cross ) and Callum (a nought - a second class citizen), who start as childhood friends, unwilling to conform to the views of the segregated society that they live in as they grow up. Though written for ages 11 upwards, I would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone, and when I have been forgiven for the late meals I will be buying the next book in the trilogy!


Helen said...

Sounds like you and DD had a grand day out :)

I love it when books grab you like that. Sadly it seems to be happening less and less these days... I remember spending half my childhood hiding behind the curtains reading! LOL!

Mandella said...

I am somewhat envious of your day at the Vitality Show, as a friend and I were planning to go to celebrate the end of my time off, but she couldn't get the leave from work. You have just inspired me to make darn sure we get there next year!

acrylik said...

What an excellent day out you had! Hope your daughter hears more from the agency.