What a fun experience I had last weekend! The H+H in Cologne (Germany) is THE largest craft trade fair in the world. I was approached by the H+H fair organisation in August last year to give a workshop. I had never heard of this fair, so I started by exploring it via internet.
I soon discovered that it was the largest handicraft trade fair and that there are many yarn brands at the fair with their new collection of yarns. In short, I really wanted to experience that big fair and would be honored to give a workshop there, so the answer was: YES please!
The next challenge immediately came along, I was asked to design a bag that could be crocheted in 1.5 hours. In of course the signature Pollevie style. Those who have been following me for a while now know that I succeeded and in March 2019 I was able to make the design public.
Then the waiting began … for March 2019. That took quite a while… Last weekend that day finally came. Fully loaded with beautiful felt bags from Phildar full of nice balls of yarn I hit the road to H+H Cologne. A three-hour drive from my house. That evening I think I gave the workshop 30 times in my dream, and I tried to imagine what it would be like.
The next morning, we set off early for the Kölnmesse, an immense building on the riverside of the Rijn. We could see the Dom from this side while driving several laps around the building, because we were unable to find the right entrance.
Once inside I was hardly able to take it all in. One stand even more beautiful than the other and almost all full of beautiful new yarns! They all do know what presenting is, and how to do it well. The latest collections of sweaters, scarves and cardigans hung on the countless dolls. In addition, balls of yarn were presented in original ways. Stacked on a wooden stick, hanging on a wire, each on its own shelf in the wall, or literally in the spotlight. Of course, my favorite brands such as Phildar, Lang yarns, Rico design, and Borgo de Pazzi were also there, and I got to meet some of the owners. I especially liked the Rico design stand. That was just spectacular! They had the most beautiful lay out of all the new yarns and colors for next season. I could not stop squishing and stroking them.
In addition to all the yarn brands, there were also many contacts from the wool world that I could chat with or get acquainted with. Or finally meet, since I only talk to them via the mail. For example, @dendennis and @mr_knitbear were there with their new book “knitting socks”. But also @tantesetje who blogs was there. And Susan from Loop London, Lia from @koperdraadje and Sylvia from @wolmetverve.
Sunday morning it was my time to shine. We first dressed the “beautiful” uniform white walls that were called “My lovely living room” with some color. It was a bit too white for my taste. The wraps brought some color into the space, and I felt more at home immediately. I could also test my beautiful new poster with my new logo designed by @gelukjesvanmaris.
The workshop was about to begin, and I was ready for my 10 participants. They all received a well-filled bag from Phildar, and beautiful crochet hooks from Clover Amour to crochet with. There were 5 different nationalities at the table, but luckily, they all spoke English. So nice, because my, Hebrew, German, French and Italian are not that good.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get the clutch finished in those 1.5 hours, it wasn’t expected either, because then you have to crochet really fast. But we had a lot of fun. And from the escalator down you could just peek over the edge of the wall, so the wraps in all their colours attracted a lot of attention. Through the narrow windows on the side, we always had an audience peeking through the glass to our projects. A super successful event, which I think is worth repeating.
The next H+H Cologne is on 20-22 March 2020.
Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there.