On Sunday I visited the Creative Stitch and Craft show in Brighton, I have to say it was better than we (my sister and I) thought it was going to be. We have previously attended the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace which was far to big, busy and crowded for us, it also had a lot of repetition in what was available with the smaller more specialist stalls getting lost amongst the hundreds of card making and magazine stands.
The Brighton centre was rather more civilised (it probably helped that we went on a Sunday), it was smaller and there were less knitting stalls but there was still lots to see and buy and, to my sisters delight, there were ‘bargains to be had!’ which is really what you want when you’ve paid to go into a show. We also got some good ideas of things to make and had a nice picnic in the bar, annoyingly they had massively overpriced the wine (and couldn’t sell me a whole bottle, ‘we only do it by the glass’ – why?) meaning they had only sold one glass all day, idiots. But overall it was really good and we will certainly go next year.
We went with the Denmead Knit and Bitch Group who all got very excited at the mountain of discount yarn on one stall, they were diving into the pile and pulling out half price cashmerino by the bag, much cash was parted with and we all went home happy. However, I would still recommend the Iknit Weekender as the best show I’ve been to so far.
Anyway I arrived home, wet, bedraggled with aching feet and needed a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake. Fortunately I had made this delicious lemon drizzle cake on Saturday which provided the perfect accompaniment to tea and rummaging through my new acquisitions.
It’s a very simple recipe from Tana Ramsey on the BBC website, I used the zest of two lemons rather than one to make it really zingy, delicious!