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Theft at the Knitting and Stitching Show November 8, 2009

Filed under: Knitting,Knitting and Stitching Show — Janet @ 6:13 pm

Today I heard a sad tale.  Earlier this month, one of the stand holders at the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show had her handbag stolen at the end of the Show.  I understand the theft happened  as we were all scrambling to dismantle our stands and get things out to our vehicles.  Of course the theft was annoying and inconvenient and it resulted in the loss not only of cash but also of credit cards, passport etc.    It is particularly sad as not only were personal items stolen but also money that the person had been raising for Breast Cancer.    Oh dear.  We all know we have to be careful at these shows and exhibitions and this serves as an extra alert to be ever vigilant and to take care.  There are some pretty unscrupulous people amongst us.

Mary Shiel's potatoes 033  Knitting with the big needles made from drain pipes – this was the project where the fund raising was taking place

Mary Shiel's potatoes 034  View of a rug knit on the drain pipe needles – the knitting materials are approx. 3″ wide waste strips   (I would have loved to source these waste strips to make a braided rug.) 

Mary Shiel's potatoes 028   Balcony view of the Knitting and Stitching Show.

Mary Shiel's potatoes 024  Display of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers at the Knitting and Stitching Show – far from the scene of the theft


3 Responses to “Theft at the Knitting and Stitching Show”

  1. shandy Says:

    I was surprised to see so many teenagers buying giant needles at Alexandra Palace. It doesn’t look like it would be easy to esablish a good rhythm with these. But then I recall knitting a huge jumper with six strands of double knitting together when I was seventeen. It was one of the first things I knit which I actually found wearable.

  2. Bettina Says:

    how annoying is that? I am always careful to put my money as deeply into my bag as possible, but some of the pickpockets are so deft that even that might not keep them away:((

    and I wondered about the huge needles – knitting with them looked extremely uncomfortable, even though the project might be fast. I’d still rather knit with normal sizes:))

  3. Janet Says:

    I agree. I think knitting with such large needles is extremely awkward and very slow. I really have no interest in that apart from watching someone else struggle with it. I would have liked to use those lovely fabric strips for braiding a rug.

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