Current knitting…

I sort of got sick of knitting Knitty’s Thermal and wanted something more suited to summer and at a larger gauge!  I will pick it up again when the weather gets cold, I think (which could be tomorrow, knowing London weather).

So I took myself down to loop in Islington and bought the pattern and supplies for the Blue Sky Alpacas Eyelet Cardigan.  I’m using their organic cotton and I have to say it bears absolutely no resemblance to regular cotton.  It is so soft and fluffy (and yes, sheds everywhere).  I love it.  I bought the cream but you can also get green, and some light brown shades, in the colours they come off the cotton plant (that is, they are not dyed).  I love the idea of these undyed coloured cottons and will definitely work with them again one day.  In fact I have a bit of a project in mind…

The best part is the cardigan is knit on 4.5mm needles and I am racing along.  It practically knits itself.  Here’s the progress so far:

I should add that not much of that was done during the knit crawl yesterday – I kept stuffing up!  I’m useless at knitting in a group.  However it is a very easy pattern and the lace keeps it just interesting enough.

Knit in Public Day

It was World Knit in Public Day yesterday, and here in London that meant a knit crawl – a knit out starting at St Paul’s, moving on to the Tate Modern, then the London Eye and finally Trafalgar Square.

Unfortunately I missed St Paul’s as I was mastering the British art of queuing to pick up a parcel at the post office.  However I met up with a bunch of lovely knitters at the Tate Modern.  I got there a little early and had a quick look around.  I saw Marcel Duchamp’s famous Fountain – otherwise known as the urinal mounted on a pedestal – but the rest will have to wait for another visit, including the Dali exhibition containing The Persistence of Memory, which I missed at MoMA on account of it being here!

I also went along to the London Eye, where we sat out on the grass and knitted for a while.  It was very noisy though with buskers everywhere and some annoying drummers who could apparently keep up the same beat for hours on end.  Then it was across the bridge to Trafalgar Square, which was full of protesters wanting Israel to get out of Palestine.  By this time I’d had enough of heat, stickiness, crowds and uncomfortable sitting positions so I headed home.  Here are a couple of photos I took though:

Market day!

Of course, London is famous for its markets. So on Friday I took myself down to London’s biggest food market, the Borough Market, to have a look. I could say more but see for yourself:

I was in heaven.  I think I will do much of my shopping there once I move into town!  It won’t be good for the bank balance but at least I’ll eat well.  On this trip I was quite restrained – I bought some olives, some brownies for me, Jason and Vicky, and some London honey (some people have beehives on their roofs here!). Oh, and some divine-smelling organic lemons to go with the honey.  The honey was very expensive but I’m hoping it will help with my hayfever. It’s high pollen season here and the three different kinds of medication I’m taking aren’t doing much…

The Inns of Court

Yesterday I went on a walking tour of the Inns of Court. I was probably the youngest on the tour by about 25 years, but oh well. It was a really interesting walk, we started off in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which is a square lined with gorgeous houses, all of which are occupied by professional offices now. The square is also home to the Queen’s solicitors, Farrer & Co:

farrer & co

We took in all four Inns of Court – Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple and Middle Temple. Gray’s Inn had beautiful gardens but Lincoln’s Inn had the best buildings:lincoln's

Apparently the BBC likes to film their costume dramas around Lincoln’s Inn!

Inner Temple is home to a church that was built by the Templars in the 13th century:

inner temple

And Middle Temple has the prettiest lane!

middle temple

Any barrister in England has to belong to one of the four Inns. This dates back to when the Inns actually undertook the education of barristers, and they were residential colleges along the lines of Oxford and Cambridge. Now they still do play a role in the education of barristers through the school in Gray’s Inn, but they are occupied by barristers’ chambers, solicitors’ offices and judges’ offices.

A Vegetarian in London

It is so easy to be vegetarian here.  In restaurants and supermarkets food suitable for vegetarians is marked as such.  Regular cheese is vegetarian, and there are so many products like Linda McCartney sausage rolls for example (which I have yet to try, but they look good!).  And then the other day I discovered something I have been looking for for a long long time: