Well we're back from our daytrip yesterday to London to see my dad and are both absolutely shattered. Our train was cancelled so we didn't have our reserved seats and although did have seats the train was packed and we arrived an hour late. However, there was no way I wasn't going to miss out on visiting Stash. I don't know when I'd next get the chance to visit.
We found Stash easily and it was only a few stops on the tube out of our way and direct from Paddington anyway so that was good. But we definitely did not dress for the occasion as it was COLD and windy and we were wearing O'Neill cropped pants. We're used to the wind but it was colder in London than at home. We'd been living in croppped stuff and me in flip flops but everyone in London was wearing jeans. Weird, I don't remember it being colder.....anyway I'd prepared well and had brought some hand knitted socks to wear on the train. And very warm they were too.
Stash was totally amazing and it would have been lovely to spend ages browsing but it wasn't to be. We had to get to my dads asap before starting the trek back to Paddington and finally home. What caught my eye straight away was the Malabrigo. Oh it whispered sweet nothings to me and was just so luxurious and soft to touch. Oh and the colours were to die for..... DH really liked the Lorna's Laces Worsted Merino but it was almost twice the price. I ended up getting some irresistible Malabrigo for the Blue Sky Alpacas Hooded Pullover pattern I got a little ago while which it will be perfect for. I was happy to have some beautful yarn I've never seen before and DH was pleased as that was my main anniversary pressie sorted. So no photos yet till I'm allowed!
So off we went on yet another tube journey to my dads who I haven't seen for a while. It was really good to see him and we had a laugh, especially at the awful school picture he has up of me. He really couldn't of picked a worse photo if he'd tried. I couldn't believe my eyes......so after a good chat, some tea and a couple of hours rest we were off again on the tube, then onto our train and finally, hours later, home. We were too tired to hardly speak and couldn't wait for a bath, hot food and finally bedtime ;)
What - haven't we recently seen a picture of Noro Iro??? Well yesss, but this is the latest addition to the family. The Ebay seller I bought from last time had some more wonderful bargains going and I could not resist. It is so beautiful and I do love Noro yarns, as challenging as they sometimes are. More on that in a bit.
The latest issue of Interweave Knits arrived and is probably my favourite issue so far. There are several designs that have caught my eye and will be added to my list of possibles. So well done IK for a superb issue. Though I'm still missing Vogue Knitting. Where is it? It's been out in the US a while now but has yet to hit the UK. And according to the distributor, might not appear for a week or so! Oh piddle. I mean, I cancelled my direct sub with VK as the UK distributor was always getting their copies before me, now of course they're getting them late. It is just not good enough ;0(
My urge has been satisfied ;) Oh yes, I'm happily knitting York from Noro Knits in Kureyon and I just love the earthy feel of Noro yarns. That rustic, real 100% wool feeling is just heavenly. So much so that I can hardly put it down and will happily pick it up for a row or 2 here or there instead of picking up my sock, which is my usual in between project.
It's knits up quite stiff but those that have used it will know, softens up considerably after washing. The yarn of course has a mind of its own and has totally paid no attention to what I had hoped would happen with the colours. A knot in the middle of the first ball on the back put paid to that. I tried continuing but the join stuck out like a sore thumb, so I had to get a new ball that started with a similarish colour. So now I definitely have a unique design. Kureyon likes to do as it pleases you see, you cannot tame this yarn unless you wish to drive yourself mad. It forces you to just go with the flow......which sometimes is just what you need ;)
In all my excitement about the new season last week I totally forgot to mention my other excitement - yep, the trial of NeoCounter showing what countries have visited my blog. I loved this counter! It was superb. I can't believe I've had over 500 visitors from 23 countries in just 2 weeks.....its amazing. But the trial is over and I haven't upgraded, so the counter is no more :(
I cam across this photo of my Linen Drape halterneck top and will replace the one that is currently in my 2005 FO list. Somehow I had the same picture of me wearing the halterneck and my favourite Calmer zipped cardigan Hike, so thought it time the halterneck had its own photo. Though it appears quite a relaxed fit in the photo this was before washing and now it fits much better and is definitely figure hugging. This year I've managed to get lots of wear from my knitted summer tops thanks to our heatwave. It certainly made a change - last year I hardly remember wearing any tiny tops. Apart from on holiday of course ;)
Which brings me nicely on to some photos.......yes I know its been ages but there are so many. Here are just the lizard ones around the resort! Mostly monitor lizards, but another too. And yes, some were huge, some sunbathed under the sunbeds and yes, they drank and swam in the pool occasionally too.....