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!

Random Friday Fun

Crazy things that crossed my desk this week:

This meme made me giggle hysterically.

This meme made me giggle hysterically.

  Really great article  on how a PBS station in the States is marketing themselves by spoofing reality TV. I would totally watch this show though! 

Really great article on how a PBS station in the States is marketing themselves by spoofing reality TV. I would totally watch this show though! 

A beautiful quilted work of art.  Click the photo to know more about this fabulous piece.

A beautiful quilted work of art. Click the photo to know more about this fabulous piece.

 The  TTC Knitalong  has their promotional push underway ahead of their big day of Saturday, July 20. So disappointed to be missing it this year! If you're in Toronto, check it out!

The TTC Knitalong has their promotional push underway ahead of their big day of Saturday, July 20. So disappointed to be missing it this year! If you're in Toronto, check it out!

And finally, if you haven't been watching The Fiber Factor online, it's as close as we may ever get to a reality TV show about knitting! The winner of challenge 1, Talitha Kuomi, just had a video posted with her progress on challenge 2. I love listening to this woman speak about her design process. Fascinating!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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!