Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Loop

On my birthday trip to London, last week. I did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Loop, Islington.

I had lots of plans but managed to narrow it down to a reasonable amount.

I received Fair Isle Style, edited by Mary Jane Mucklestone from Mr for Christmas. There's lots of patterns in there that I'd like to make. 

The first one is Kulli Cowl by Ysolda Teague. I'm not normally one to go with the exact yarn that the pattern calls for but since I was going to Loop and they stock the yarn. They ended up at the till with me. Though different colours to the original.


Incidentally, I seem to have ordered the yarn from Jamieson's of Shetland to knit the Babsie Bird from the book too. I really liked the colours.

I bought a skein of Wollemeise Pure 100% in Silberdistel. An unusual colour - a cross between a pine colour and a deep teal. The plan is to make an Imagine When shawl by Joji Locatelli.


I got Juju's Loops book too. The patterns are gorgeous but what really enticed me was how beautifully published the book was (on top of the pile).


So all this adds to the stash issue (the other 3 skeins were gifts mentioned last week). Hopefully they won't stay there very long!



Wednesday, 15 January 2014

January

That was a long holiday break. My birthday falls near Christmas too and it was a special one this year, so we've been away for a bit.

I did get some lovely knitting-related presents this year.

Some special skeins of yarn from my lovely mum - waves"Hi Mum"

Two skeins of Quince and Co Chickadee


A skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the beautifully named "Button Jar" shade.


And a few knitting books.



My birthday weekend was a trip to London, which was just fabulous. One of the places we visited was the Natural History Museum (I've been plenty of times but Mr has never been). Not only are the exhibits fantastic but this time around I really appreciated how gorgeous the building is. The little details are just incredible. Here's just a little sample of photos.


Ceiling of the Central Hall (Natural History Museum)


Carved columns (Natural History Museum)


Central Hall (Natural History Museum)


Stained Glass Windows (Natural History Museum)


Huge decorative lights (Victoria and Albert Museum)


Some of the Christmas Lights were still up (Leicester Square)

It was a great weekend.