|October 19, 2007 @ 12:12 am|
Everything has been such a blur since I came back from London on Sunday. I had a wonderful time, even though I constantly complained about the prices and the Underground. You have no idea how hot and stifling it is down there! And there were a few times that I had to take *3* trains to get somewhere. THREE! OK, I know London is a big city and Munich is tiny in comparison. But still. I like to complain. :)
I spent Wednesday and Thursday nights in a Hostel – the ACE Hotel. It is a very nice place and I paid only like 50eur for 2 nights. I specifically picked that place because it was on the same underground line as the Knitting and Stitching show! Even though it is on the same line, it still took an hour to get there. First I had to walk to the station, buy my ticket (7+ pounds ouch!), take the train, figure out where the free shuttle bus was (follow the stream of knitters), then ride the bus.
On Friday, I took the 2.5 hour bus ride down to Bristol, where all I did was go to GetKnitted. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was kind of a let down. They do have a lot of yarns, but they also had a lot out of stock, or low inventory. And it was expensive. You would think it’s because they took some to go to the K&S show, but they didn’t have that much there either. I ended up buying even more Sublime yarn and some Knit Picks needles because I desperately needed 2.5mm circs! I sat and knitted for a little bit but then kinda got lonely because there was no one else knitting. So I took the bus back to London, got something to eat, and then went over to Ingrid’s.
The next day, Ingrid, Sabine and I went to Stash to hang out, buy yarn and knit. We stayed there for a good 3 or so hours. It is a really great store, I liked it much more than GetKnitted. They have a more warm, family feel and they are happy to help you with whatever problems you have. I couldn’t resist getting some Koigu, even though it was expensive. I decided that the Bellatrix socks looks just plain awful on my gargantuan calves that I decided to frog it and make Firestarters with the yarn (Wollmeise Poison Nr. 5).
That evening, we knitted even more, had a great dinner and I had to say my goodbyes to the kids. Ingrid also has twins + an older child, and I think they all grew a foot since last year! They are so full of life and I enjoyed talking to them a lot and listening to their stories. Lily nearly cried when she had to say goodbye, it was so sweet!
The next morning I had to get up at 4:15am so that I could take a taxi to Liverpool St. Station, where I could take the train to the airport (stansted). I am never leaving that early again, I don’t know what I was thinking. I got all my stuff together the night before, even changed into my clothes so all I had to do was basically brush my teeth, hair, put on my jacket and go. It was a good idea because my alarm didn’t get me up, but about 10 minutes before the taxi came Ingrid woke me up and I flew out of bed. I made it! It took 3.5 hours to go across london and get on the plane. Everything went smoothly.
Michael picked me up and we had a very leisure day together. Then the next day he left for the states for his father’s memorial and also for work (1 week each). 2 weeks. alone. with twin monsters. oy! Thank goodness for kindergarten!!!
Anyways, I came home with a lot of yarn, not as much as I’d hoped – I really did restrain myself. But then, I had packages galore!! It was like Christmas in October. First, I got a Tortilla maker that makes the best tortillas (if anyone has tips on how to keep the edges moist, please leave a comment), then I got my swap package/KU gift from AuntlyH, then I got my Sock-It-To-Me pal’s package, then I also finally, finally got my MadelineTosh yarns, which I ordered in like April, the package got lost, so she replaced the order.
So, first things first, thanks to AuntlyH who gifted the KU with a wonderful and oh-so-appropriate book called “Yarn Cocktails”. The other two haven’t seen it yet, but will on Saturday, when we record next. She also sent me some Shi Bui sock as well as some Dream in Color, which I swapped her for some Wollmeise worsted weight. She also sent me my huge order of Knit Picks needles (one of which is the new Harmony needles)!!! Thanks so much, AuntlyH!!!
Now…my Sock-It-To-Me pal, finally revealed! It is Rebekka in Denmark! She made some really cook pink/purpley ribbed socks with a Cookie Millicent foot. Very cool and it fits me oh so perfectly! Aren’t they purrrdy? I’m wearing them right now and my feet are nice and toasty. She was even kind enough to send the leftovers in case of repairs. How thoughtful! Geez, I don’t do that – I just throw mine in a bin. I’ll have to remember to do that next time! She also knew that she would never be forgiven if she didn’t send me more Green & Black’s chocolate, so of course she sent me TWO bars! Then there was this little bag filled with the softest fiber EVER! It is this cute little bag filled with silk fiber. Now I’ll really have to learn to spin… And then she also sent me a skein of Karen Noe silk/cotton(?) blend yarn in a teal/blue. It is really pretty! What to make with it though? I always have this problem because I’m so damn picky with my patterns. Montego Bay, maybe? And then there was this red card – a calling card? I dunno, it wasn’t in English. Rebekka, can you leave me a comment on what to do with it? :) Thanks so much for the wonderful gifts from Denmark, it’s been fun doing a swap with you! Now on to reading your blog!
Comment by Elemmaciltur
Made on Friday, October 19th, 2007 @ 1:17 am
Ooooooh! I’m petting that silk batt this Saturday!
Comment by stacey
Made on Friday, October 19th, 2007 @ 1:41 am
OMG – what a delightful haul of stuff! I love the sock – how clever to just do the foot of the Millicent – instead of going for the who – huge commitment – knee high – love it! Great job swappers!
Comment by Jennie
Made on Friday, October 19th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
Oh wow, I’m sooo jealous! Your stash enhancement is awesome and it definitely does sound like you had an early awesome Christmas with all those amazing items. :)
Comment by Rebekka
Made on Friday, October 19th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
I’m so relieved to hear the socks fit. And made it there in one piece.
As for the card – I’m drawing a complete blank on that one. It’s possible that it’s a promotional item that the post office had lying around that somehow ended up in your parcel. It’s actually vety possible – I was sending that baby off two minutes before they closed for the day, so what actually happened is a bit of a blur really ;)
So, yeah, probably not something cool. Although it will double as a bookmark. Bookmarks are cool, right?
Comment by Lauren
Made on Sunday, October 21st, 2007 @ 1:03 am
Wow, your trip sounds great. I,too love Koigu but I seem to spend more time admiring it than actually knitting!!!! http://tinyurl.com/2dxpnv
Comment by Sabine
Made on Monday, October 22nd, 2007 @ 9:43 am
I am so glad you got home ok. It was a lot of fun knitting with you, hope we can do it again soon. Do the twins miss their father very much?
Comment by MzTallulah
Made on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
Sounds like a fun trip – if it wasn’t for the ouch factor of euro-to-pound conversion, I’d have considered it too! I feel I must speak out on behalf of Get Knitted here though – I have only shopped online with them, but I’ve always found them delightful and their customer service excellent.
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