Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Change is as Good as a Rest!

What a wonderful three days I have just had! I'm shattered mind, but it's been well worth every single minute.

I took the 7:19 to London on Wednesday morning. I made straight for John Lewis, where I managed to buy some black aran for a scarf for DD - her request - and a copy of Rowan Studio 5 which I have wanted for ages.

I then made my way to the Embankment where I spent a lovely hour in the Embankment gardens with the sleeve of Ula it was a pleasant but overcast day and nice enough to sit out.

I was on my way to the South bank - The National Theatre to be precise - for a performance of Rafta Rafta which was a wonderful observation of life withtin the extended family, both happy and poignant, and the best £10:00 I've spent in ages!

Getting from the Embankment to the South Bank meant crossing the river by bridge on foot. Those of you who met me at Get Knitted earlier this year know that I don't do bridges and I don't do heights!

But cross it I did - I even stopped for photos half way across, but it was such an overcast day they aren't brilliant.

Have you ever been on the Eye - having just said I don't like heights, paradoxically the Eye doesn't bother me in the slightest, and I can recommend it.

This is one of those living works of art on the South bank.

And here is the new statue of Lord Olivier.

I then spent a very pleasant evening in the company of my son, then having spent the night at his flat was up and off and out by 8:00 to travel to Clapham Junction to meet Noo , Noo's mum Jessica and Franney and we all made our way to Ally Pally!

We had a wonderful time, later meeting up with blogless Jobo, and my resolve to spend cash instead of using my card leated all of five minutes! Here is a Sunflower Swift in action on the Get Knitted stall.

It's impossible to show everything at Ally pally but it's just great there. It was so nice to met Colinette again ( I can't believe she remembered me from the recent Workshop! ) It was also lovely to say hello to Gill from the Woolly Workshop and Bruce from SKD

I made one or two *ahem* modest purchases - there were 11 balls of Sirdar Peru in Pacaya for that lovely jacket, and 14 balls of Schoeller and Stahl Big Print for the Wrap Cardigan from Web of Wool , which I had tried to buy at Woolfest but they hadn't enough yarn left to make the correct pack for my size. I'm intrigued by the construction of the cardigan.

Now then this Smooshy yarn is from Socktopus who I cannot recommend highly enough. There are 450 yrds of handpainted Australian Superwash 100% superfine Merino on those skeins for £12:00, my colours are Dusky Aurora and Wisterious.

Did I mention the Knitpicks Options from GK? I also did some secret Santa shopping there!

And a group shot, including Yarn Forward Magazine which I collected there to save Kerrie posting. It's a great issue this time.

And finally, if all that wasn't enough, yesterday I went to visit my friend Blossom, and met her little boy and new baby which was such a treat. This is the cardigan I took, based on Devan which is knitted in January Sock Club yarn from the Yarnyard and I just had enough yarn for the 6-12 month size. Blossom can hopefully incorporate the leftover yarn into her mitred blanket, which is just stunning.

I won this yarn in one of Piglottie's auctions - it seemed somehow fitting that yarn purchased to help someone celebrate the life of a friend should be used to make something to mark a new life coming into the world.

And here they both are - with mummy's permission - my two new favourite boys! Aren't they just gorgeous!


agatha quafflepuncher said...

Sounds like a great few days! I'm so jealous of anyone who gets to go to ally pally! Looks better than harrogate:-(

Piglottie said...

Oooh Joy! What gorgeous pictures - especially of Blossom's boys! Sounds like you've had a great few days, and it was really good to see some pics of Ally Pally. Love your purchases, especially the Smooshy (love the name!).

Auntie Noo said...

Great to finally meet you, and thank you so much for sharing our day - it made it very special to meet friends.

Seahorse said...

Such a lovely post! I'm glad you had such a great time. Looks like Ben and Max love their 'Aunty Joy' very much!

dreamcatcher said...

What lovely purchases, I really like the Peru cardi pattern, and the handpainted yarn is fabulous. Wish it wasn't so far to trek to Ally Pally!

Love your London photos too, the new statue of Olivier in particular. And cute pics with Ben and Max!

Badger said...

Looks like you had a great few days and got some great yarn!

Missmalice said...

Thanks for coming by the stall and lovely to meet you!


Hawkesley said...

Wow, you've been busy!!! It sounds like you had a fab few days. Thank you for posting some photos of Ally Pally. It's great to see what it's like there. Oh and that Sirdar jacket/cardi looks very nice indeedy!! Looking forward to seeing some pics when you start knitting it.