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Knitting London

carmen_sandiego, geographer, knitter, and current houseguest, arrived safely this morning after facing the travails of standing for an hour in line to go through immigration. Much of the rest of the line was impressed that she had something to do in line and various little old ladies were downright jealous that she'd gotten her (bamboo) knitting needles on the plane without incident.

As knitting - and moving around enough to stay awake - were on her mind, I went with her for the beginning of her adventures with yarn in London. We started with the John Lewis on Oxford Street. I had no idea it had a crafts department! From there, we moved on to Liberty, which I have been assiduously avoiding since moving over here last week. Today's traipse 'round their fabrics, yarns, and bath goods reminded me why: not only is the building lovely, but so are many of their fabrics, and the use they put those fabrics to in clothing.

I left her heading west, off to investigate a yarn store in Putney. Apparently, yarn shops are rare these days in London, where the knitting fad which has taken over the US and Canada has thus far failed to make much of an impression.

On Thursday, we're both off to conferences, she to one on geography, and I to one on medieval astrology.


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Sep. 5th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I find crochet much more useful for travel, as a crochet hook is about the same size as a pen and so I just put it in my pencil case...
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
aha! so do I. I was a little worried the first time I took my hooks through security, but all was well.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
There's a brand new yarn shop that's just opened a few mintues from Vauxhall tube station: http://www.iknitlondon.co.uk/

I plan to travel with bamboo needles next week...glad to know they weren't an issue for her!
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'll let her know in case she wants to spend any more time yarn shopping on this trip.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Now I know where in the world she is!
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I was SO going to say that! LOL
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I wasn't the only one.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Do you really? Because she's not in Putney any more.
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry Gumshoes, you just missed her.
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
You must fill me in on that conference! *envy envy envy*
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
I will! I'm looking forward to it. (The editor and translator of the book I used more than any other while dissertating is going to be there!)
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
I love that icon!
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
you have me salivating over the Liberty yarns... that's one of my favorite places.
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
For yarn and fabrics Peter Jones in Sloane Square is even better than John Lewis.
Sep. 7th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
I made note of that! we might get back across the ocean in the next year or two, hopefully, and I am really looking forward to new fabric/ yarn options.
Oct. 22nd, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Leanring to knit
Hi there. I'd like to learn to knit, but have no idea where to start. I got talking to the lady next to me on the tube today as she was reading Bitch and Stitch. She told me she'd been to a two-hour starters training session - but in Brighton. I live in London - does anyone know of anywhere I can go to meet people and learn how to knit?
Nov. 12th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Leanring to knit
http://iknitlondon.co.uk have started courses - 2 hours every tuesday evening or a whole day course some sundays
Jul. 5th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Leanring to knit
Great link - thanks very much!
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