Entries from January 28th, 2014

January 28, 2014

 

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Knitting has taken over my mind. It began this past summer while in the States where a dear friend was hosting a beautiful dinner party by her new pool. After we were all tucked in sipping cocktails and catching up, another friend arrived, sat down, and pulled out her knitting. She might as well have pulled out her toothbrush. “You brought your knitting?”  the battle cry sounded round the pool. Somehow it seemed an offense, a predetermination that the guests were not going to be interesting enough and alternative forms of entertainment were required.

As I watched her knit and chat and chat and knit I remembered how I taught  myself to knit and crochet in 7th grade out of Women’s Day Magazine.  I recalled knitting and crocheting my way through my teens then completely dropping it in college never to be thought of again – till now.

The next day I went to the local yarn shop to have a sniff around. In need of a creative project I was completely done in by the gorgeous colors and textures. The last yarn purchased had been at either Marshall Field’s or the 5 and Dime, but it was all the same. Acrylic and kind of plasticy in uninspiring colors. This knitting explosion of the past decade had mined amazing artisans who handcraft the most yummy textures and changing the dynamic. Todays knitting is colorful, creative, immediate and cool baby.

We knitted the summer away, as I inspired my 12 year old daughter to take up the cause as well as my mother, and anyone else who didn’t run. Upon returning to England my mission (well, one of them) was to source every great yarn shop in London. Favorites so far are:

At one of the shops I came across a card for the London Knitting and Stitching Show. Be still my heart. Stockists from all over the world under one roof to peruse at my leisure. Are you kidding?

Outside The Knitting & Stitching Show London

Outside The Knitting & Stitching Show London

 

Queue of yarn enthusiasts to enter show at Alexandra Palace London

Queue of yarn enthusiasts to enter show at Alexandra Palace London

Color and texture

Color and texture

So the knitting continues. When I am tired and want to relax but still be productive nothing suits the bill better. Out comes the yarn down goes the stress. I understand why our friend was so mystified by the reaction of all the non knitters at the party. What better way to make the evening perfect?

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