Sunday, August 14, 2011

While I was in London...

I love London. I'd actually forgotten how much I love London. I'm not particularly fond these days of Charing Cross Road and the craziness of Piccadilly Circus, but I still love walking along the river at night.

My trip to London coincided, oddly enough, with Knit Nation. Yes, I got to go to Knit Nation! I didn't have a lot of time up my sleeve, but I had a blast. I hit the market on the preview night - you should have seen the line to get in! It snaked away as far as the eye could see... literally.

But I was running into a major problem. I had to get from the marketplace back into the West End to see a certain play. So...

I ninja'd the Knit Nation marketplace!

I headed straight in, knowing what I wanted. I was the first person to buy yarn at the Socktopus stand, because I had already decided upon a skein of Fontainebleau. And since Ysolda was there... how could I not pick up a copy of Little Red in the City and have it signed? Happily, I got to her table before everyone else had crowded in (they were distracted by the Wollmeise... seriously, it was scary in that corner of the market!) and she was really lovely.

You can spot the polka dot shoes from
Irregular Choice - they were on sale, so they don't count, right?

I also picked up the greatest sock pattern in time and space and on impulse, a project bag made out of Doctor Who fabric, before dashing out, making the woman on the door laugh that I was heading in the wrong direction.

Well, you know, I was seeing the Doctor and Donna in Much Ado that night! I gave a little teaser last time, but seriously, it was amazing. Catherine Tate is a fantastic Beatrice. She speaks Shakespeare's lines so as to make them sound completely contemporary and there is great humour and pathos in her Beatrice. You want Beatrice as a friend. And David Tennant and physical comedy! Brilliant! He looked like he was having the time of his life and when Benedick is told that Beatrice regards him as a fool... for the first time, I really thought, 'you know, there really is something to that barb...' I won't even mention the Madonna thing.

There are some things that just can't be put in writing.


The next day I went to Cookie A's 'Oddball Stitches' class which was terrific, although I ran completely late, couldn't find my way into the building, and then ended up with cold porridge from PrĂȘt. Hmmmm...

But I did enjoy making all sorts of bobbles! I love bobbles.

Later I met my friends and I hit the Doctor Who Experience, which is very kitschy and extremely fun. We got to travel in the TARDIS! And gaze in awe at the 10th Doctor's suit and coat. And I picked up a mug that you might spot later in this post.

After that, we ran into the West End again to see Priscilla. Front row! Back in the Palace! I was a complete musical theatre geek when I lived in the UK and on weekends, I'd be in the theatres. Very often, it would be the Palace, because I was especially a Les Mis geek and we knew where the cheap tickets were, so this was a 'slightly' different experience to those nights and matinees of watching urchins and doomed revolutionaries. In fact, I did joke that I'd seen a lot of men in tights over those couple of days! (Hint about the Madonna thing, there.)

It was a whirlwind, but wow, what a time!

It's been a whirlwind since, but I have been sneaking in the odd cup of tea and knitting a row or two of TARDISes...

I think I'll be finished very soon.


drkknits said...

its sooo great that you managed to fit in all that fantastic stuff, it really is the most amazing city isnt it, i dont think i would ever get bored in london. and the shakespeare, oh swoon. hope you get some down time soon.

Rose Red said...

Oh London, how I love thee!

How good that you got to KnitNation and Much Ado and Priscilla and all the good things (hello shoes, I'm looking at you!).

artificiallymythic said...

I want that cup. That scarf. And to do London with you one day.