Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Visit to London

 Last Thursday, my friend Heather and I travelled to London , after a lovely chatty ride on the train and underground we arrived at I Knit!
 I was amazed to find it wasn't as large a place as I thought it would be but oh, was it packed to the brim with yummy stuff! I made a couple of purchases and then we made our way to the Victoria & Albert Museum where we met up with some other friends for lunch before we went in to see the beautiful and emotive Quilt Exhibition
 This is the gorgeous ceiling in the cafe...
 I just loved the scene and reflections in the V&A garden, we spent ages just sat with cups of tea and knitting our socks.
After a moving viewing of some amazing quilts we headed to the shop where I found loads of shopping trolleys for sale, thought they looked a bit like an army ready to invade the Dr Who set...
 Three of the weary girls...
 At my last visit to the V&A, I was doing an Interior Design Course and we were investigating textures but I remember being very interested in the chandelier in the reception area, it hasn't lost it's appeal.

 This is most of us outside the museum after our visit. Lovely smiley faces....we all got on so well :)
 This is Alice, who runs the KnitLoveClub,  we met up with her at All The Fun of the Fair near Carnaby Street, it's a pretty little yarn shop and as Thursday night was Knit Night we stayed and had some food and knitted and chatted with more friends, it was such a lovely day and perfect evening but by now my hips were aching and my ankles were feeling a bit worse for wear...oh and I bought some more yarn...as a memento lol

I had intended to go and see the Grace Kelly Exhibition whilst the others were looking at the quilts, unfortunately it was fully booked for the day so I saw the quilts instead. I have until September to see it, and if I do get to London again I think I'll book my ticket in advance! There were some amazing stories to be told in there, especially from the Girl Guides that were POW's during the second world war...and the inmates from Wandsworth Prison had a powerful message to get across, I came away with a vision of tattoed men sat on their bunks doing their stitching.  Hope they carry on with the creativity, it seems to have worked wonders for their emotions...

6 comments:

RooKnits said...

It was a lovely day!

Lucette said...

Sounds like a fantastic day. Would love to see the quilts and know more about the behind the scenes stories of the quilters.

Marianne said...

What a wonderful day! The quilt show, I'd love that, as well as the Grace Kelly Ex. That looks like a Chihuly piece, the glass fixture. Beautiful!

Marianne said...

oh silly me, didn't notice you had the link there. smacks head. :^)

Linda said...

Fabulous! I wish I was there!

Shani Phethean-Hubble said...

We spent Monday in London, but didn't have quite such a fun day, knitting socks by yourself on the train isn't quite the same as knitting with friends :-)

hugs and the Quilt show is brilliant isn't it, even though Bruce enjoyed the forge work..

love shani

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