Saturday 8 October 2016

So Proud

Yesterday, my husband and I had a trip down to London.  We only had three hours there, but it was well worth the visit.

We met up with Eve and walked to the Brick Lane Gallery on ... Brick Lane.  The reason for our trip was to see the exhibition entitled East End, the place we call home.

The exhibition is only at the Brick Lane Gallery this weekend.  After that it goes on tour around Tower Hamlets.

We were very impressed with the colourful pictures and captions that told the story of the East End over the past ninety years.  The story was told thematically around the idea of building and providing homes for East Enders.

There was also a very interesting film in which residents talked about what the East End meant to them.

The exhibition had been formally opened on Wednesday by the Duke of Kent and I understand he was very impressed with the display and enjoyed meeting many of the people who were included in the film and who contributed to the exhibition.

And one of the main people who has worked on this exhibition for nearly a year is my lovely daughter, Eve.  I feel so proud of all her hard work and what she has achieved.

It was just a shame that we weren't able to spend more time with Eve, but hopefully I'll be able to get down to London and see her again soon.

We might have only had three hours in London, but we certainly had many hours on the trains!  On a positive note, this did give me some extra knitting time.  I have started knitting up a Fair Isle cardigan using leftovers of Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight yarn.  This is as far as I've got on the sleeves.

I'm using 14 different colours so it will be a riot of colours and patterns!

The Fair Isle was too fiddly to take on the train, so I cast on a shawl with some of the yarn I bought at Yarndale.

I love the way it's knitting up and I'm tempted to carry on knitting this now but I want to concentrate on the Fair Isle so the shawl will be put to one side for now.

October is going to be a colourful Fair Isle month.  I've already made some mittens this month, using up tiny bits and pieces of Rowan Fine Tweed.

I ran out of yarn on the tip of the last thumb!

This yarn has been a favourite of mine since it first appeared five years ago.  Sadly it is now discontinued, no idea why Rowan have done this.  It's so annoying when they constantly change their yarns.

Anyway, I'm getting back to my colourful cardigan.  Have a good weekend and if you're in London see if you can get down to Brick Lane!


  1. No wonder you are feeling proud! May I post some of your photos on my Pinterest board? I LOVE the one of your daughter and her work. I would post them on my Celebrating Britain board.

    1. Thank you Colleen. Please feel free to pin any pictures on your Pinterest board.

  2. Fair Isle is something I definately want to master one day. Your knots look great and I love the colour of your shawl xx It looks like a really interesting exhibition.

  3. Good to be proud of where you come from, that's what makes towns villages ect so special and the UK so wonderful the diversity of people's. I love your latest knitting project, looks complicated but stunning!!

  4. Congrats to you, your family and of course talented Eve. How fun to see the exhibit, it looks fantastic.
    Hugs to you Janet,

    1. Thank you Meredith, it was well worth the long journey to see it.

  5. very cute love the pattern of it!

  6. Well done to your daughter you have every right to be proud! 2ply!! Janet I will say this for you're always up for a challenge, knitting 2ply is hard enough but in fair isle too you must have so much patience that cardigan is going to look amazing. I love the shawl, I'm trying to to decide on what to take on my holidays next week something portable and easy. The mittens are lovely and yes it is so very annoying when they discontinue yarn, why do they so that? Have a great Sunday. :) xx

  7. How wonderful you must be so proud of your daughter Eve such a great achievement and even better that you were able to get down to see the exhibition. Great knitting, loving the shawl.

  8. What an interesting exhibition. You must be so proud of your daughter. Creativity must be in the genes. I love all the Fair Isle, especially the mittens.


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