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Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle July 19, 2011

The Viking Days took place last weekend.  I had intended to participate and have a stand for selling and demonstrating spinning and knitting……..but I was away, first on the East Coast, and then at the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop.  Too much going on.

Well, I did manage to go as a visitor on the Sunday and I had a good wander around to visit all the stands and demonstrations and chat with various friends and visitors.  It was good, but I felt that I had seen it all before – many many times.  I didn’t even take any pictures, it was all so familiar.  I do love these events!  But the weather was poor and some of the vendors did seem rather miserable as the next rain shower repeated several that had gone before.  i.e. it was a typical inclement day, rain one minute, then sunshine, etc.  And it was rather cold.  Not a day to put people in the mood for buying.  And I felt that if I had been there with a stand, I probably wouldn’t have even covered my costs.  Rather typical for me at events like this.  And what’s more what I would have been selling….if it had  been a nice day…..would have been woolly hats and other handknit woollies…..not great sellers in July.  I’m going to aim for having a stand at Julefest – that is in November at the Nordic Heritage Centre and maybe my woollies will have a better chance.   There’s always hope with Christmas approaching.

My purchases were meager – 3 postcards to add to my collection.


  this is my favourite, I don’t know when this was printed, it’s glossy and somewhat old.  The street is the Kungstornen in Stockholm.  I was there in 1959 – I don’t remember it.  All I remember about Stockholm is the ship we stayed on.  That was the Youth Hostel at that point in time.


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