Big Day Out – Handwerkbeurs Zwolle

Today was our big day out at the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle.  Actually I started preparing yesterday when I made banana bread and then date nut whiskey cake.  I made them as train treats since we decided to all go together on the train from Amsterdam.

We met at the central station at 8:50 this morning.  I barely made it since I had to come from Haarlem and miscalculated a bit when the train ran on Saturdays.  Whew!  Just in time!  We ate cake, and Malia’s cookies.

And we talked and knit.  The train conductors thought we were very interesting.


There were 12 of us in all on this little adventure!  Gezellig hoor!

Once we got there it was impossible to all stay together, but that was ok.  It wasn’t big enough to get lost in and we had the Dutch Knitter’s table to meet up at periodically.  Last year I went to this thing by myself and was pretty disappointed.  I had no high expectations this time and was actually pleasantly surprised.  There was more knitting stuff and there were a few really unique booths with stuff you don’t find just anywhere.

There’s still a lot of kitsch and way too much quilting, but overall, it’s much better than previous years.  If this is an indication of how it will continue, then I’ll probably go again next year.  To be honest the BEST thing about today was the wonderful group of friends who went along.

Marjan, aka Yarnissima, was there giving workshops all day.  She was so busy!  I picked up my two orders from her and chatted for just a minute.  I bet she was exhausted at the end of the day.  Lovely red shawl Marjan!

Carla and Hilly had set up the Dutch Knitter’s table where we scored chairs now and then and took time out to hang out and knit.  


Malia and Dagmar were on the lookout for cool ideas and products to add to their store.  

I think a lot of us scored some really nice stuff today.  I’m REALLY REALLY excited about what I bought but I’m not going to tell until next weekend when I will have photos to go along with my excited words.  OK, just one little hint – a lot of it came from Japan and only 1 tiny thing is Noro.  That’s ALL I will say now.

I know of one really happy girl who can’t wait to try some new things….

I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

10 thoughts on “Big Day Out – Handwerkbeurs Zwolle

  1. Andy Baker February 22, 2009 / 01:50

    Is that Ginny’s father sitting next to her with that cookie or just some guy your woke up right before you took the picture?

  2. earlybird February 22, 2009 / 09:36

    Oh we found that guy in the train station, looking hungry and needing a friend. We collected him.

  3. Cybèle February 22, 2009 / 14:28

    Looks great fun. I’ve done Sewing for Pleasure a few times, it got a bit the samey after a few years so I didn’t go for some time, but last year I took my then almost 9 year old and she loved it – not necessarily for the sewing bit but just all things crafty. We’re going again next month, but I keep meaning to do a knitting expo as well, preferably in Harrogate (near Rowan Yarns)…

  4. Clasca February 22, 2009 / 18:24

    I really enjoyed being part of the group yesterday, loved your banana bread! This year the beurs was so much more fun then the last time I went. Can I use your picture I am in for my weblog, since I am not on any of my own pictures 😦

  5. earlybird February 22, 2009 / 23:19

    Sure Clasca you can use my photos. I hope to see some of the photos the others took. There were quite a few cameras going off!

  6. Clasca February 23, 2009 / 15:13

    great I will add your photo to my picasa album. You can see my photos on my weblog.

  7. Malia February 23, 2009 / 17:39

    Fun, fun and more fun! It’s all about the people, isn’t it?!

  8. Andy Baker February 25, 2009 / 10:19

    I didn’t tell you that I found a piece of the date loaf that I had put in my bag. I ate it on Monday afternoon. You were right. It had just gotten better.

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