Crochet Emporium


Blog by Komodo Krafts - Crochet Studio and Yarn Boutique based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. crochet blog, modern crochet, big crochet, crochet innovation

CHSI Stitches

Sometimes, I find the hustle and bustle of life very frustrating. This morning I was driving to my “day job”, and in a queue of traffic I waited a bit longer in order to allow another car to pull out. From behind me a loud honk came...when did we all get so busy that we forgot that 30 seconds of kindness can go such a long way.

Anyway, this weekend I attended the CHSI Stitches trade show in Birmingham and my faith in humanity was fine. What a bloody lovely bunch the craft world is!

The show was huge, with over 300 stall holders! There were some fabulous displays, and of course, loads of gorgeous yarns for me to squish!...and of course, some giant photo opportunities...


I had the opportunity to meet one of my crochet loves, Kerry Lord, the owner of Toft and mastermind behind Edward’s Menagerie. It’s so lovely to meet people in the flesh, generally I’m intimidated quite easily, so it’s great for me to meet people and find...they are just lovely, down to earth, friendly crafters! There really is something about the craft community that is so warm and inviting.

I also had the chance to chat with Amanda Perkins, author of Rainbow Crochet Afghans. There are some great colour inspirations within the book; the tones that she uses are amazing. She also promotes the ethos I live by which is to play with your colours, be brave, be bold and make mistakes! It’s handmade after all!

It was a great experience for me, and I can only hope that one day I will aspire to having my own stand!