Textile Traders, and enjoyed seeing some of the sample garments from Rowan 48 magazine.
By the time I moved into the main marketplace, around noon, it was getting quite crowded and eventually it was so crowded that you literally had to squirm through gaps in the crowds to get down the aisles. There was a fair bit of jostling going on, and one poor lady had her foot run over by a mobility scooter, which sounded painful. As in previous years, there were a lot of knitting stands, but this year there seemed to be a lot more quilting stands than usual. Some good prices on fabric as well, £3m, £4, etc. with Doughty's putting on two stands, one of which was mainly batiks. Black Sheep had commandeered almost half an aisle all to themselves, selling lots of bagged up yarn at cheap prices, plus tapestry kits etc. I did a lot of fondling but only bought a half-metre of yellow 30s fabric. I was very tempted by a jelly roll on sale for £20 but as usual thought "why don't I just cut 2.5" strips from my own stash?" Plus I would really like to use up some of my stash and not buy any more fabric for a while.
It's been that time of year, lots of fairs, and I had a great time at Miniatura last weekend, as reported on my Fairfield blog. DH also drove me up to Ripley afterwards to visit the Dolls House Emporium shop. I mainly went to see Maddie's Hobbit Hole which was on display, but was curious to see their Chinese-import-headquarters. Although a lot of their stuff can be a bit crude or out of scale, they had an impressively wide offering in the shop. What did surprise me was their line of modern dollshouses, which were really rather good. It's so unusual to see a dollshouse with modern architecture and they had three or four, including one that looked just like a modernised canal-side warehouse converted for modern open-plan living. Of course, they only do 1/12th scale so the houses are all huge, I wouldn't have room for them. But neat to see.
A few weekends ago, a friend came over to see my dollshouses. The big ones are all out on display, but the room boxes etc. were here and there, so we got them all out onto the kitchen table to make them easier to see. It was rather daunting to see how many I have, all together like that. A lot of time, and money, and effort which I suppose could have gone into something more worthwhile - like housework... hee hee hee, nope, can't say that with a straight face.
I've started knitting a Pumpkin Tea Cosy from Lion Brand Wool-Ease, kind of making up a pattern using cables. It's that time of year, and I have dug out my various Halloween / autumnal quilted wallhangings and hung them up around the house.