A sunny spring day in London

It was beautiful and sunny in London yesterday. Still only +7C mind you, but beautiful and sunny enough to make me throw caution to the wind and leave the house in cropped pants and barefoot in ballet flats!

Granted, I was wearing my fabulous alpaca pom pom hat so my head was warm. Didn't your grandma tell you that you lose heat through your head? So if your head is warm the rest of you is too? Suffice to say, I was toasty.

After a sprint from the bus up to Platform 1 at Clapham Junction to meet Rachel (good woman was waiting for me with an americano just the way I like it!), we were off on the overground to Kensington Olympia for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.

The queue had started to form well before the opening time of 10am.

The queue had started to form well before the opening time of 10am.

The scoping began before the doors opened too. Check out this clearly awesome knitter's bag!

The scoping began before the doors opened too. Check out this clearly awesome knitter's bag!

Once inside, Rachel and I were immediately captivated by the large display of quilts by some clearly, very talented quilters:

Amazing blend of colour and design.

Amazing blend of colour and design.

A quilt done in the traditional Hawaiian style.

A quilt done in the traditional Hawaiian style.

I loved the simplicity of this one...

I loved the simplicity of this one...

...next to the complexity of this one. What a riot of colour!

...next to the complexity of this one. What a riot of colour!

The quilts were amazing in their construction...

The quilts were amazing in their construction...

...and even more mind-blowing up close.

...and even more mind-blowing up close.

When we were finally able to drag ourselves away, I'm surprised we didn't buy everything in sight at the strategically placed Liberty fabrics booth next to the exhibit to start a new quilting project right there!

There was a good mix of booths of quilting, cross stitch and through to another section we started to see a lot more booths with yarn and knitting:

Teapots! Aren't they fabulous?

Teapots! Aren't they fabulous?

Not yarn, but this entire picture is made of sewing thread. Wow.

Not yarn, but this entire picture is made of sewing thread. Wow.

Shortly after I took this I ended up diving into this pile to try and reach a yummy bag of yarn. I threw it back though, and was rewarded with a delicious alpaca find later on!

Shortly after I took this I ended up diving into this pile to try and reach a yummy bag of yarn. I threw it back though, and was rewarded with a delicious alpaca find later on!

I don't have any pictures, but I did come home with some cute octopus buttons for a baby sweater (no baby in mind, just thought they were cute!), and a skein of Spud & Chloe "just in case" I don't have enough for the sleeves on the dinosaur jumper. Oh, and an alpaca dress from the folks at The TOFT Alpaca Shop. They were selling off some samples and well, I couldn't resist. And it was such a good deal, I made Rachel buy one too!

Once we were yarned out we headed down the Kensington High Street in search of food. I think our new favourite find is the "food court" at Whole Foods where we celebrated our late day for the school run with burritos and Coronas. Incredibly civilized. Then some more world-domination with our sooper-sekrit project!

Those photos will have to wait though, since now I'm off to meet up with Rach again today. We're both on the volunteer roster for the spinning demos at Wool House today and it's time for me to run for the train. Again!