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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sunny London

Last week I was in London for six days. The main reason for my trip was to attend the DoTerra European Convention but I found time for some sightseeing too.

The first afternoon I arrived in London, I headed straight to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Fashioned from Nature exhibition. It was a really fascinating exhibition about how materials from nature had been used for fashion over the last couple of 100 years including how the dyeing techniques and the fabrics were very damaging to our environment and how fashion designers are becoming more environmentally aware now.

The dress below really horrified me as I approached it until I got really close and saw that it wasn't made from animal skin but it's made entirely from beads. I appreciate the amount of work and skill that's gone into it but I still wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it.

After the museum, I hired a bike from one of the Santander docking stations scattered around  central London. I cycled through Hyde Park and past the Serpentine lake (below).

I left my bike near Oxford Street and did a bit of window shopping. I ended up in Carnaby Street which is such a fun, colourful area.

On Wednesday I visited Knit With Attitude. I loved the shop and the selection of yarn on display. Maya, the owner, is  Norwegian and has a few ranges of Scandinavian yarns.

I got these two skeins of linen. Each skein has approx 400m so I'm planning to combine them into a light summer shawl. I'd like to get this design on the needles asap but I need to finish something first.

I had a couple of short trips into London in the late afternoon/evening and on my final day in London, I spent the day with Vanessa and we did a lot of the touristy places. I'll share a few photos below.

Neal's Yard in Soho.

Cambridge Circus

Regent Street looking patriotic.

Buckingham Palace

My favourite was visiting Covent Garden as there were some really beautiful, colourful flower displays.

I had a great trip. It was warm and sunny the entire time. I enjoyed spending some time with Vanessa. I also met up with my sister and her family who were over from Norway and the DoTerra Convention was amazing! Such an inspiration to see the heart of this company. I'll talk more about that in another post though.

Of course I got a bit of knitting done. Not quite as much as I'd hoped though. But I did finish my Zauberball Crazy socks.

I brought my lace project mainly to knit on in the hotel in the evenings but most evenings I got back late and I was tired so I didn't make as much progress on this as I'd hoped.

On the train home I'd planned to knit on my lace project but I was really tired so I cast on for my new sock and got past the afterthought heel in just four hours. Yarn is Rico Suberba Geysir, which I got from Truro Wool, and it's lovely to knit with.

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