After leaving 221b, and more importantly leaving the gift shop, I hopped onto the tube where I headed over to the Angel Station and Loop.
Loop was one of the yarn stores that I wanted to visit, after the damage I did there it was the only yarn store I visited. I was “good” and only purchased 3 skeins of yarn, some buttons, and some knit pro needle tips which I hope will fit on my Knit Picks interchangeable set.
And this is the reason I fell into trouble the upstairs of this lovely yarn shop was covered in Wollmeise. All sorts of colors and weights. I stayed away from the lace as I tend to find I don’t do much in lace weight.
Each color had its own area/section of shelves and I worked very hard to narrow myself down to two skeins.
Then I quickly made my way back downstairs before I could change my mind.
I was sad to learn once back in my hotel room that night in Pajamas, that they actually had a Thursday night knit night.
So on Thursday I woke bright and early, without an alarm clock. I was down to eat, by 9. I put together a very traditional English breakfast, then made my way to Baker Street. It was close enough to my hotel that I walked, especially since I had to stop at a bank and convert a 2o pound note from my last trip that was no longer legal tender.
So off Baker Street. Or 221b Baker street to be exact.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum. Which is 221b frozen in time, with some case studies. John’s Room, Sherlock’s Room, Mrs. Hudson’s room, Sherlock’s experiments, and even some case reenactments.
So I’ve crossed the Atlantic and been back in the last week. I flew Delta, and realized on my way back that I have flown Delta exclusively for the last few years, though this was my first time using them internationally.
My flight out left at 7:30pm NY time and landed at 7am UK time. I can’t really sleep on planes, I don’t know why but I did attempt to give it my best try. In between tossing an lying in my row of empty seats? I have an entire 3 seat row to myself I knit. Veyla which had been on of the patterns I threw into my traveling pile just in case, which actually became very handy.
Granted I only finished one glove per flight, but had I forgone my sad attempt at sleep I may have gotten farther. I did pick up the buttons at Loop along with some other things that will get their own post in a bit. I also got farther on my mystery KAL where I am somewhere still on clue 1. but less than ten rows from the end as opposed to the original 40.
We landed early but there was just long enough for me to get through customs, and be a whopping 10 minutes early to my meeting in Ascot. I have to say the grounds were really lovely, even as I kept running into ground’s keepers getting ready for spring.
The path to the spa of all things.
Nature had clearly gotten a jump on the staff in some corners.
And the owls with eyes on my welcome letter at check-in. I met friends for dinner and drinks and had a great start to my Weds, in England.
I wonder if i should be concerned that I am more worried about having enough knitting for my flight and travel than I am about what outfits to bring. But I have settled on bringing my Mystery Shawl and Sherilyn and my Apollo Shawl. You know just one or two things.
But I do have plenty of plans for the rest of the week in London *squee!*
- Forbidden planet to pick up a new iPhone Case
- The British Museum
- London Transport Museum
- Loop (yarn Shop)
-221b Baker Street (no really its a museum)
- London Aquarium
- British Library
- Sir John Soanes museum
I’ll likely add things to that list or remove them, I may not go to Tate Modern again.
And lastly my nerd wars entry for scrap usage, Hoot using some of the leftover bulky yarn from all the Christmas stockings I made way back in 2010.
The next square is done.
Soon to be followed by X – men and the Avengers? Only time will tell.
Now if only this was travel knitting, but straight needles and my desire to work until the last possible moment make this a bad idea and messy. Which reminds me I have to start picking projects for my flight Tuesday. London here I come!
A couple weeks ago I cleaned and reorganized my room. The same day I had the stash bust sale. Selling about 32 skeins of yarn. I wish I could say it made a bigger dent in my stash than it did. But there is more room, and that is the important part right? Nods.
But with cleaning and moving all the yarn around, the poor Marvel Scarf surfaced again. I posted during 2KCBW (which should be coming up again I believe) how it had been languishing for a year. On my way home on the train, I was reading when I could not stop thinking about the scarf. I got home and I sketched out a design on graph paper while I made dinner and I pulled out the scarf. There is now another square in the making!
That my dear friends is a 4, for the Fantastic Four. It’s been ages since I read the comic and I know their team layout and color scheme is on the fritz, but this is mostly what I think of, blue white, with a four just off center. I always liked that the FF had the same Uniform as best as could be done for Ben. Marvel’s First Family, was fun, I was even entertained by that cartoon, oh the 90′s.
So that brings me up to three squares. At the pace I am going I’ll have a full scarf by 2020 if I am lucky. Let’s hope I start to move faster. I think the next square will be the X men, then maybe Thor , Spiderman, Ms. Marvel (who actually has a sketch), and a Phoenix or two. Apparently my plot of hanging it from a clear plastic bag, that I passed everyday woke some shame, and I actually got to work.
If I keep this up I may have to make a comic blanket of epic geek.
So I had slowed down on the spinning. Partly because my current project by its nature made it so that I couldn’t get a good rhythm going. It was lots of short bits of fiber.
But yesterday came an epic delivery. New spindles and more fiber.
You are looking at the owner of five new spindles…to replace the one that broke. I can’t wait to play with all of them and see the differences in feel/yarn that comes out of each.
So I think I am done with spindle buying for a while, this brings my total up to six unbroken ones, I may soon need to invest in another Noddy.
So the fiber stash slowly grows.
This stash enhanment has been brought to you by Expertly Dyed.
Oh and there is a new loop batt of mine in there too.
I saw this batt and all I could think was “There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. ”
Whatever yarn comes out of this I think it shall be called Mordor.
*photo by loop
After two knits, one that is roaming the wilds of the NYC subway the Greek Key Cowl pattern is available for purchase.
The PDF is available on Ravelry for $3.00. The pattern includes both charts and written instructions. The cowl is double knit, so is complelty reversible. You will needed between 23o and 250 yards of a Bulky Weight Wool. The two cowls are were made from 2 skeins of Cascade Eco+ Wool (478 yards).
Size 8 (5.0mm) circular 60” needles
Size 10 ½ (6.0mm) 60” circular needles for cast on
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
L: 56 inches (142.2cm)
H: 6.5 inches (16.5cm)
10 sts/22 rows = 4″ in stockinet stitch