Monday, 16 May 2016

Weekend in London

Well I finally it made it to London for the weekend to see Eve.  And what a wonderful weekend it was.  It's always lovely to meet up with my daughters, I miss them so much.  Eve is very settled now in London and it's good to see her happy and enjoying her life.

We spent most of our time chatting and laughing and just enjoying each other's company, but we did manage to fit in a trip to the V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.


There was a very moving special exhibition on Child Migrants, as well as one on the Clangers and Bagpuss.

There were also cases and cases of toys, games, dolls and teddy bears.


A great afternoon out.

On my way to Eve's on the Friday, I walked via King's Cross Station to see Platfrom 9 & 3/4.  There were plenty of people queuing to have their photo taken.

(I don't know who this person is,
she just happened to be in the queue for the photo!)


I then walked to Angel.  A very interesting area of London with many small and quirky shops.  I loved the angel wings statue at the entrance to the shopping arcade.


My main reason for wanting to visit Angel was the gorgeous knitting shop, Loop.  I have heard so many wonderful things about this shop that I just couldn't resist a visit.  As usual, my photos were all shaky, so these are images I googled.

Picture by Homegirl London

Picture by Wonderwoof
I knew that I would have to exercise extreme self-control when visiting, so I thought in advance what I wanted to buy in terms of yarn and browsed the online shop, so that I wouldn't start impulse buying yarn when I got there.

And I'm pleased to say, as far as yarn is concerned, I was very very disciplined.  I bought the 6 balls of Sheltand Spindrift I wanted for a Fair Isle cardigan and no other YARN !

HOWEVER, I did get a bit carried away with knitting needles and knitting patterns - but they are all so lovely.


Whilst in the shop I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Juju Vail.  She was very chatty and we talked about knitting top-down sweaters, about Fair Isle knitting and she helped me select the colours of yarn I wanted.

It was a really memorable and pleasant visit.  Even if I did spend far more than I should have, I'm glad I visited and maybe one day, I'll make another trip there.

Now I'm back home, I need to clear the backlog of yarn, so that I can cast on for the new Fair Isle cardigan and knit up some of my lovely new patterns.  Have a good week.

12 comments:

  1. I can't believe you did all those things I have never done and I live a mere tube ride away. What a lovely time. x

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    1. I would definitely recommend the Museum of Childhood, lots to see there. If you go to Loop, leave your credit card at home - it is far too tempting to get carried away.

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  2. I have put the Museum on my list for the next time I visit London which is very infrequent now that the girls have moved out of London. Thrilled to hear you had such a lovely time, always good to meet up with family.

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  3. Glad that you finally got your trip to London. I keep reading about wool shops down here that I must pay a visit to. I haven't been to the Museum of Childhood either.

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    1. You'll have to put them on your list of places to visit this summer.

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  4. Glad to hear that Eve is happy and settled1 Sounds as though you had a great time. You were very restrained in Loop!!

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    1. Thank you Amy. although I'm not sure my husband thinks I was restrained!

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  5. Seriously you can never spend too much on yarn and knitting accessories. You were on a trip so that counts as a souvenir, better yarn then crazy shoes or a expensive a=handbag!

    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Meredith, we understand each other perfectly. I'd go for yarn instead of shoes or bags any day.

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  6. Oh, the pictures are amazing. I wish I would visit harry potter'so places!

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    1. So glad you liked the pictures,Sandra.

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