Souvenir yarn

My lovely friend Karen is visiting again!

This time she's here for business, but with enough flexibility as to have some personal time mixed in. And hopefully she finds staying with us more fun than a random hotel in Wimbledon somewhere! DH has been working some later hours for work too, so it's been nice for me to have some knit and natter company at home in the evenings.

On Sunday we headed up to Islington and Loop. Shockingly, we never did make it there when Karen was visiting back in October! 

Right before we left the flat, Karen was admiring my Honey Cowl. I told her how easy the pattern was (and free!) and that it only took two skeins of DK weight yarn. Perfect for lovely hand-dyed yarns, and of which I could introduce her to some unique-to-the-UK ones at Loop. The seed was planted...

Nice to know my enabling skills are still intact!

Nice to know my enabling skills are still intact!

As we ooh-ed and ahh-ed our way through the fabulous yarns that Loop always has on offer (talking through which ones were British-based or American imports, and so on), Karen found some gorgeous skeins dyed by Ce at The Uncommon Thread. The colourway was aptly named Lust.

And since my own honey cowl has been looking rather worse for the wear (as in, lots and LOTS of wear!), one of those new Lilly Brush tools came home with me. I'll test it out and let you know the results!

Friday Fun

It's been a busy time here at C&Q with visitors, a weekend away and a couple of daytrips besides and I've been scurrying this week to catch up. Sadly, when it's this busy, the blog is always the first to suffer (along with laundry but nevermind!).

After spending most of this week at the computer following up on various projects though, I was happy to relax a bit today with a late breakfast and a book, followed by some cozy time on the couch at Loop after picking up the latest PomPom Quarterly.

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Loop has new bags! And I'm excited to try Quince & Co's gorgeous wool - it feels so light!

Incidentally, PomPom are having a Christmas party with a pop-up indie yarn market on December 6th. Do check out the details as it sounds like a fun time. Rach and I are going to put in an appearance and I think I might just knit myself the Take Heart toque from the latest issue for the occasion.

Speaking of parties - I attended one last week at the Oxford Yarn Store for Kathleen in celebration of the launch of her book Silver Screen Knits.

That's the  Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top  on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

That's the Lana Turner Beaded V-Neck Top on the cover. Already in my favourites and am mulling over my yarn selection.

The party was fantastic and Kathleen has a great write up of the shop itself, along with the event, over on her blog at Knit Like You Mean It. They had a beautiful alpaca silk blend yarn that I'm still thinking about. Sigh.

Souvenir yarn from Paris:  Biscotte & Cie  Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

Souvenir yarn from Paris: Biscotte & Cie Felix self-striping sock yarn. Not exactly French, but French Canadian.

What else can I tell you? Our weekend in Paris was incredibly relaxing and I finally managed to visit the very cute L'Oisive The et Tricot. As it was a weekend we were lucky enough to grab a table for brunch - which was huge and incredibly satisfying!

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

 The afternoon session of Lizzy's Meadow Quilt class shows off their first blocks.

The following weekend I was lucky enough to meet fabric and quilt designer, Lizzy House, and take her workshop for the Meadow Quilt at The Village Haberdashery. She is just one of the sweetest people and her class was great fun. I don't consider myself a quilter (yet?), but I think I could be by the time I get through with this project! 

Still lots of catching up to do though - more soon!

The perfect first full day in London

We finally made it (note: the arm rests don't go up up IcelandAir - NOT comfortable! but it was cheap, so we sucked it up).

Harrison is excited (crashed like a ton o' bricks last night, was a maniac today), the temporary flat is teeny tiny but lovely (it's so cute!), and we had an AWESOME first, full day of wandering around.

Today was all about Harrison and getting us acquainted/familiar with London and the tube. Yesterday we had walked to Harrison's school and figured out where that was (had an email from the director tonight - they are expecting him promptly at 8:30am tomorrow morning to meet his new teacher!). Today after breakfast we hopped on the tube to Kensington Gardens and the Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. Wow... it's inspired by Peter Pan and has an enormous pirate ship in the middle of it - Harrison climbed the mast!! - along with hundreds of kids running around. Totally awesome!

Afterwards we walked through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park with Harrison on his scooter (to save his little legs) over to Oxford Street where we quickly caught a bus (and sat up top in the front, OF COURSE!) to Oxford Circus. Heading in the direction of Regent Street, we stopped for lunch in an Irish pub to refuel quickly. It was a good thing too as just around the corner (pub was on the cute Argyll Street, around the corner from Carnaby Street which we also passed through) was Hamley's - the famous toy store that we have been promising a visit to Harrison for his belated 5th birthday.

After 6 floors of toys, toys, and more toys, Harrison settled on what he wanted to spend his birthday money on and then we headed out and along Regent Street down to Piccadilly Circus and Jordan's office in Leicester Square for a quick pit stop (nicer than the public toilets!).

At Leicester Square we quickly jumped on the tube over to Islington and the darling Camden Passage - which is home to Loop!!! I met two of the ladies that I've met on Skype before and was able to check out their latest Wollmeise shipment which was put out yesterday. The pretties I came home with are in the photo. SO BRIGHT! It's wasabi (the colourway) but OMG they're SO BRIGHT!

Afterwards we quickly ran into a stationery store and grabbed what Harrison needs for school tomorrow before they closed and then came home for some playtime, rest, and dinner. Tomorrow once everyone is into their routines (work for Jordan and school for Harrison) I'm going to check out some good places to knit my day away!