dipping my toe in

At the Wednesday Night Knitting (WNK) party on 1 December, Helen, Ting and I committed to posting every week day (or 5x/week). Obviously that hasn't happened... for any of us. At least the girls have tried. Hels tactfully reminded me last night (final WNK!) that I was dragging my feet

Other WNKers with blogs are Lotta and Gail, both of whom are more diligent and blogging, Lucy who is in the lazy camp with us.

Mel and Emma resist the peer pressure to start blogging. Altho the latter might be persuaded.

Please do blog/continue to ladies, I'm going to miss youse.


Emma spying Ting's pressie.



Gail & yummy food, Mel & amazing convertible clothing.



Blue-eyed girls: Lotta, Lucy & Emma.



Me and Hels.



December 9, 2010 in blog stuff, knitting, life in london | Permalink | Comments (3)

More snow to come

It's the sort of cold where one's chin starts to hurt!

More snow to come

January 4, 2010 in life in london, weather | Permalink | Comments (3)

Tuesday was the Foyles knitting group secret santa and my last attendance until the new year (photos to come). After which was a trip up Totty Court Rd for a spot of shopping at Heals'.

A few weeks ago we attended Ting's birthday celebration in Fitzrovia, and I realised it was a part of London I had neglected to explore. So searching for a quick(er) route between Heal's and Liberty I had a look around.

The first thing I noticed was Pollock's Toy Museum:


So beautifully and brightly decorated. The toys on sale are rather uninteresting, it's the great ones on display that I wanted.


The entrance is through the shop next door, the Theatrical Print Warehouse


Which is full of Victorian-era toy theatres:


Behind the counter was a friendly American man, a surly british man and a cute puppy.


There is actually a 'museum' upstairs which I would have liked to have seen, but I think I might need an out of town visitor to justify it.

And a curious sign next door:


Anyone know what this is about?

December 15, 2009 in life in london, London Tuesdays | Permalink | Comments (1)


Rosie, at the ripe old age of 14, is finally being treated the way she expects.

It's been a long time since she was able to come cycling with us.

Now she can keep up!

With the wind in her nose it's like she's doing the running herself.

But without tiring herself out.

The hardest part is getting out at the pub.

We leave for Denmark on Wednesday, catching the ferry/driving and taking the bikes.

ETA: Seems that we've had this idea before.

September 20, 2009 in cycling, life in london, Rosie | Permalink | Comments (1)

Post of Shame

I have a shameful secret. I don't finish my knitting projects.

Every one of these bags represents an unfinished project. Some need only a cast off, others require inspiration. Mostly they need me to get off my arse and just do something.

How did I get to this pitiful state? Mostly distraction: a pretty new yarn or pattern catches my attention. Or maybe it gets tricky, like the fluro orange 'Penelope' beanie which got ripped back more times that I can remember. With this I got into difficulty with the decreases. Brioche stitch nearly broke me.

The plan is to showcase each in turn, and hopefully I will be embarrassed enough to actually complete them. Pester me if I don't.

And here I start with Blithe:

So close, yet so far. Ran out of yarn with the end in sight. Luckily, the lovely Carol from Liberty gave me some of her leftovers, so will get back to this shortly. yes, I said get back to.

When I ran out, I needed something to occupy my fingers so picked up the Scilla Cape (aka unnamed qiviut project). Which itself got ripped back to the möbius collar and re-knitted.

RESOLVED: I will put down the Scilla Cape and finish off the Blithe top.

September 15, 2009 in knitting, life in london | Permalink | Comments (2)


I've been working on Kim Hargreaves's 'Blithe' pattern. This is how I started the day:


And this is how it ended:

I fcuked up the increases (you can see the pins on the first pic), they weren't even, so out it came.
It's called tinking, ie un-knitting.

Today is Fred's birthday, and upon reading this review, we decided to try L'Anima to celebrate.

Fred had the black pepper aged beef tagliata, marrow bone & mash:


The marrow bone is filled with mash:


TASTY. As was the fried zucchini.


Now that I re-look at the review, we ate pretty much the same. Fred had the pappardelle with three shrimps and colatura to start while I had the taglierini with garlic, chilli & crab. My main was the tuna veal. The dessert of chocolate hazelnut frozen truffle was divine.

August 26, 2009 in food, knitting, life in london | Permalink | Comments (4)


Birthdays (and attendant celebrations) tend to last about a week around these parts.

This year started with fondue at the Bs on the preceding saturday. We tried out a new recipe, "Goat's cheese and thyme fondue with crispy bacon baked potatoes". It was as mind-boggling as the name suggests, and good for a change, but I still prefer the traditional swiss-style.


Having stayed overnight (what, it's almost in Hertfordshire!) we then went... somewhere else (generic home counties small village) to pick up Mal and his daughter Liv who were visiting from Norway (you might remember Mal from such places as 'university' and 'wedding in Oslo').


A weekend full of gorgeous blonde girls! It was incredible to hear Liv fluent in two languages before the age of 4. And of course, great to catch up with Mel. We saw them in Oslo last July for Mal and Eirinn's wedding (renewal, they had eloped the previous year). Liv was understandably quite shy and Mal understandably quite busy, so it was nice to spend some time with them. And warn them of our plan to visit next May for Eurovision.

The actual birth day was low key. Fred and I went to dinner at the Great Eastern Dining Room.

August 10, 2009 in food, life in london | Permalink | Comments (0)

you have been warned

I look forward to when I see my birthday as the "best before" date.


Why yes, I do have a wishlist.

(Note, it's called a wishlist for a reason.)

August 6, 2009 in life in london | Permalink | Comments (0)

cycling along the canal

We cycled to the gym at Canary Wharf today, following pretty much the route I used to take to work (but continuing along the canal to the end).


This is where a WWII bomb was found in 1997, during construction of the building on the left.


We were shocked to see earthmovers and apparent construction in the parkland near the The Palm Tree. You can see more detail on Google Maps (including the warehouses that were demolished to uncover the bomb).


It seems that a footbridge is being built to link the park to one on the other side. So not that sinister.


In addition to the swans, we saw a turtle! Very unusual.


Toward the end of the route is this building that has me intrigued.
The side of the building reads:


"The house they left behind". I love it!

April 20, 2009 in cycling, life in london, swans | Permalink | Comments (2)



The bluebells are out in Wanstead Park!
Occurs for just a week or two each year.
Hopefully they'll still be around next week. We'll be back to check.

April 19, 2009 in life in london, Rosie | Permalink | Comments (0)