I attended a workshop called Professional Finishing, kindly arranged by Alice. There I met, in the flesh, Ali, Val, Monica and Kristina, who has yet to get blogging (come on, Kristina!). I may be the fastest knitter in the West, according to Ali, but you can read about the day over at the fastest bloggers in the West, here and here.
What I wasn't expecting was being showered with gifts.
Alice gave me the most fitting mug for my morning coffee (beautifully packaged too...)
Val gave us all a set of her fab stitch markers
Ali had made us all a gorgeous linen pouch and one of her wonderful stamps
I was hugely embarrassed at having gone empty-handed, but no-one told me of any Blogland etiquette...so, thinking on my feet, I let them have a Moo card! Generous, huh?
My big purchase of the day was a pair of darning needles that came in their own little holder. The perfect reminder of how professional finishing can make your long-slogged-over knitting become something worth wearing. I think I may be inspired to make something to wear other than a hat now...