Woolly weekend randoms

OMG where does the time go? There's been a lot of travel and goings-on in the last couple of weeks (who am I kidding - months!) and I'm sorry the blog is just one of those things that seems to fall by the wayside.

This picture pretty much sums up the fun we had this weekend! L-R: Dani, Catherine, me and Rachel

This picture pretty much sums up the fun we had this weekend! L-R: Dani, Catherine, me and Rachel

I spent this past weekend recharging my batteries in the company of my girlfriends - all of whom are truly amazing, beautiful, clever, wonderful women. I'm so lucky to have them in my life and am so thankful to have found a group of stitchy friends as dear to me as my gals back home.

Some of you may remember my tweeting this photo of Rachel and Alison following last year's successful jaunt to Wonderwool Wales.

Some of you may remember my tweeting this photo of Rachel and Alison following last year's successful jaunt to Wonderwool Wales.

In the last couple of weeks we managed to throw together a slightly planned yet slightly impromptu excursion to Wonderwool Wales and it was just perfect.

There were alpacas.

There were alpacas.

Baa Ram Ewe won a ribbon.

Baa Ram Ewe won a ribbon.

Catherine took the Mercedes of spinning wheels for a test drive.

Catherine took the Mercedes of spinning wheels for a test drive.

We made new friends at the new  Midwinter Yarns .

We made new friends at the new Midwinter Yarns.

Shetland sheep were there too.

Shetland sheep were there too.

This knitter very kindly let me get a photo of her awesome skulls cardi.

This knitter very kindly let me get a photo of her awesome skulls cardi.

The rainbow of SweetGeorgia colour was proudly on display at the Purlescence booth.

The rainbow of SweetGeorgia colour was proudly on display at the Purlescence booth.

While  Kettle Yarn' s Islington was also very popular (and so sweetly displayed!).

While Kettle Yarn's Islington was also very popular (and so sweetly displayed!).

My stash haul included the new ChiaoGoo DPNs kit - although technically that's for work and not stash!

My stash haul included the new ChiaoGoo DPNs kit - although technically that's for work and not stash!

There was also yarn for a new design project, and a kit to try something new.

There was also yarn for a new design project, and a kit to try something new.

Why yes, that is a new yarn bowl. And glass spiral shawl pin, and a very restrained single skein of "non-work" yarn.

Why yes, that is a new yarn bowl. And glass spiral shawl pin, and a very restrained single skein of "non-work" yarn.

And the time in the car was spent productively too!

And the time in the car was spent productively too!

Thank you so much for your patience as I get back to finding my blogging groove. Blogtacular is in a few weeks. I'm sure it will help.

It didn't happen

There's an internet acronym that I love that is POIDH, which means "Pics Or It Didn't Happen". As in, if you tell your friends you did something (could be something fabulous, outrageous, etc.) they can choose to mock you or razz you (again, depends on your friends!) but basically not believe you by using this term and until you come up with the photos to prove that yes indeed, whatever it is/was did indeed happen.

Goddess help me, I feel old just typing that and trying to explain myself. Sigh.

So while the plan for today's post was something lovely about how I was lucky enough to meet up last night with my fave knitting guru and mentor, the wonderful Kate Atherley - who just happens to be in the UK for a wee visit - I completely forgot to take any pictures at dinner last night. You know how it is when you get awesome people, a good hanger steak, beer and cider, knitting and fab conversation swirling together into the perfect storm of the ultimate get together? Yep. It was that.

But apparently it didn't really happen because I was completely useless about taking any pictures. I've asked for a do-over but I know Kate's schedule is pretty packed. If you decide to believe me you can also ask Rachel, who was there (uber Kate fan-girl, omg!). And she and Kate talked me off the ledge of starting a lace project of epic proportions that I was once again going to attempt with my gauge goggles on. Of course, the additional yarn that Kate had sherpa-ed to me from The Purple Purl for the project will now have to be destined for something else, but you know me - I had that solved after trolling Ravelry for about an hour after I got home last night!

I also got to show Kate a new mini sock that I had knit that day. She reminded me that it was OKAY to progress beyond mini socks and actually knit a full size pair. I know - but they're so cute (and fast!) when they're little!

It's back to reality today and the grind of more freelance work and also pushing the sooper-sekrit project with Rachel forward a bit too. I'll just leave you with this:

 Kate's first book,  Beyond Knit & Purl , which I was finally able to get autographed! Sort-of proof that last night happened...

Kate's first book, Beyond Knit & Purl, which I was finally able to get autographed! Sort-of proof that last night happened...

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!