I’ve been lucky enough to have just spent the weekend at the H&H exhibition in Cologne. This is the international trade fair for the craft industry and regular readers of our blog will know that Stephen & I go to this event every year.
It’s absolutely huge, this year was the biggest yet and it was in four different halls. Thanks goodness I packed comfortable shoes!
The flight was much more entertaining than usual as I was sat next to the lovely Amanda from ‘Little Box of Crochet’. I’ve met Amanda before and she is such great company and her boxes are divine. She made sure the journey went in a flash.
We landed in good time and headed over to the show. We only had an hour or two but it was good to say a few quick hellos and get a feel for what was in store for us. Then it was a quick change and out for dinner with Sirdar & James C Brett. These guys are good friends and great company. I shared a metre of sausage with Sarah from Sirdar (you can only begin to imagine the innuendo’s) and a few small beers.
After all that sausage it was time for Papa Joe’s Jazz Bar. I love this place; it’s absolutely tiny but always packed. So busy that we only stayed for one and then made our way to a Flamenco Bar. Thankfully there are no photos of me tripping the light fantastic with a nimble footed, and very dapper, gentleman.
We were up early on Saturday morning to make the most of the show.
The first thing that caught my eye was the Knitted Butchers shop. It was incredible and as you would expect in Germany there was huge amount of knitted bratwurst!
Look who we bumped into as we were wandering around, the lovely Debbie Bliss and her daughter Nell from Conway & Bliss. It was so great to have a quick catch up with them.
It was a bit of star spotting moment as next we were greeted by the Norwegian design duo Arne and Carlos. Those of you who have read the recent newsletter will know how much I love these two, I think I’m almost a stalker!
New Arne & Carlos double knitting yarn, coming soon.
We had a meeting in the afternoon with Rico. Their stand was beautiful, full of great design in beautiful spring time colours.
Our final meeting of the day was with Designer Yarns. They had one particular yarn that blew me away, Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran. It’s already on my shopping list for autumn!
The wonderful Designer Yarns team also took us for dinner that night. Again there was lots of beer and bizarrely a cigar. I know I promise I won’t do it again!
On Sunday Stephen & I decided to sneak a couple of hours to ourselves and had a wander around Cologne. It was Palm Sunday and it was incredible how many people were carrying huge palms through the city centre. There was also a great range of buskers, from classical music to dancing puppets we saw them all.
As you can tell the weekend was huge fun but incredibly tiring. It was lovely to get in my own bed last night. Even if I did have to share it with Poppy the puppy!