Yesterday I had the best day, I went to London to meet up with my friend Carle. Carle and I did a swap a few year’s ago, all the way to South Africa! Such a long way for Carle to travel, but she is here, promoting her beautiful yarns. I had the privilege of seeing the new colours, quite delicious…anyway, let me tell you about the day
I woke early, before the alarm at 6.15am, so I showered, had some breakfast and set off on my adventure
I don’t often get to travel on my own, but somehow, there was a happy need to do this
I was making good time so on the way, I took some photos of these beautiful, random sunflowers
Barry had shown me where these beauties were hiding….
I then made my way to Peterborough Railway Station, purchased my ticket, bought a coffee and then boarded the train
There was no one else in the carriage…I hoped I was on the right train and not on the Hogwart’s Express, such a worryguts!
The train set off at the right time so I relaxed and made some progress with my sock knitting
Carle and I, under my suggestion, were to meet at Costa Coffee at King’s Cross…but once in the station, I didn’t recognise the place! All had changed since I was last there. I knew where Costa was in my mind, but there was no Costa in sight….this place looked more like an airport than the old Railway Station I remembered!
A phone call or two later, we finally met up near the information centre. A lovely smile and kisses and a hug greeted me, this was going to be a good day
PS My youngest daughter was at St Pancras at the same time as me, but neither of us knew it!!
I had prepared maps and routes for us to go to places setting off from Libertys. Carle had been to Libertys the day before and had found another place for us to buy Liberty fabrics at a more reasonable price. Shaukat, a place I had ordered from online before, so it was decided that we would go there instead
What an Aladdin’s Cave…..
Here’s Carle, looking for some woollen fabric to line a knitted/crocheted bag…
This fabric is especially precious, and has a wonderful feel to it
Precious because, I had suggested to Carle that the selvedge would make a lovely handle for a bag, then there was a dilemma, Carle did not need such a large piece of fabric but the shopkeeper was not keen to cut the piece. I came to the rescue, and suggested that I would buy half of it. Then Carle had a brainwave just as the fabric was about to be cut “STOP!!” she cried, it was suggested that the fabric was cut in half lengthwise so we would both have the benefit on a long selvedge to use for the handles of our bags we were going to make. It felt rather like an adult version of those friendship bracelets that best friend children like to share…
The rest of my fabrics from Shaukat
The bottom one reminded me of Pointillist paintings…
This red piece is some Liberty stretch cotton, enough for a dress for me…
I asked the girl in Shaukat if she could recommend somewhere for lunch, unbeknown to us, it was around 2pm already and our tummies were rumbling!
We were directed to a wonderful North Indian restaurant, Thali, just a couple of doors away…the place looked very beautiful….and empty!
Carle was amazing in there, she just asked the waiter to surprise her with a light lunch costing around £10, I asked for that order too so we sat and laughed and chatted and drank our lassi as we waited for our delights to be cooked
We were not disappointed! A wrap of a nan bread filled with a lamb kebab and salad with a mint and coriander dip and 2 succulent pieces of perfectly cooked chicken. A feast for us, we both kept mmmmming at every mouthful! A bargain and a wonderful find, a trip to be repeated I’m sure!
We then made our way to somewhere very special…Patricia Roberts shop no less!!
I have some pattern books of hers dating back to the 80’s…still those pattern books are available! I made myself a waistcoat in the knitted patchwork pattern which was from a Woman Magazine, I used to wear it with my chambray denim shirt and jeans…. I couldn’t afford the proper yarn back then, but the experience of knitting it was both a challenge and delight. That waistcoat is still in my wardrobe, it’s about 28 years old!!
I made a purchase…
This will be a Christmas present for one of my Grandchildren….
Then it was time to visit The Button Queen, I had started to flag about then so we stopped for a coffee after that visit. I loved listening to Carle, asking so many questions, and the patience of all that we asked. I constantly smiled….the man in the button shop could see I was enjoying sitting in one of his chairs ‘Now you understand why we have such comfy chairs’ he smiled….
another coffee was had on our way back to St Pancr(e)as, as Carle called it…we did did laugh, you know those uncontrollable laughs, the more you laugh the bigger it gets…a magical memory….
Another is Carle describing the wonderful Pizza she had enjoyed the night before, from a place which sounded to me like Pixie Express, but of course, it was my slight deafness and her accent that had confused Pizza Express…Pixie Express sounds so much better. I love renaming things and places
Carle presented me with a most wonderful gift, which held a very interesting story, I’ll tell you more about that when I’ve been reminded of the information regarding the exquisite red fabric of my precious project bag
inside were more treasure, I was well and truly spoilt, not only by meeting up with a wonderful woman, whose friendship I shall treasure for the rest of my life, with the sad thought that we will, in all probability, never meet again but by these darling products
the cup mats seen to echo the colours of SA
and these yarns…oh these yarns
I wish you could smell them, they all have a delicious new baby aroma..magic!
Thank you so much Carle…