Friday, 29 January 2010

I've been out

Yesterday I travelled down to Darlington with Mr FF who had meetings there. Even though it meant getting up at 6 am and leaving home well before 7, something I am really not used to, I had a lovely day. Mr FF dropped me off in the town by 10 and I relished the prospect of 6 hours to please myself.
I did a little light shopping, some pillow cases in the final sale reductions and this pretty sequined silk and linen clutch bag I found in a charity shop for less than £5. I thought it would be a glamorous way to carry my sock knitting but now I wonder if it might be better suited to a smart evening event or a summer wedding. I'm such a sucker for labels.I called in at A Fine Yarn as I needed to buy a couple of presents that I obviously can't reveal. I also came away with a colourful set of Knit Pro needles for me, shown here with my travel knitting
and a new pattern book, Sugar and Spice by Patons, that includes this pretty bolero that takes just 100 g of 4 ply cotton. I thought at first it was a crochet pattern but no its knitting, the effect without the effort suits me. There are several patterns in this book that I will never use, the knitted dress on the right is an example but there is also a cross over top I might attempt some time.I showed great restrain in not buying any more yarn, in fact I think I showed great retail restraint all round. I also met up with a friend I hadn't seen for over 20 years though we have kept in touch. So much to talk about that I was late meeting Mr FF for the journey home and my head was so buzzy last night that despite the early start I couldn't sleep, too much stimulation I suppose, it was my first real day out this year.

16 comments:

  1. Hello there! Glad to hear you've had a fun day out, always good for the soul! That's a very pretty little cardi. Will enjoy seeing the finished article. What a pretty bag! COAST too :) Bargain! I'd keep my sock needles in it I think. Those Knit Pros are fab. I have a few. Once you've used them that's it; no going back! Enjoy your weekend! Ros

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  2. Glad you had a great day out. And yarn shopping too - has to be a bonus! Have a good weekend.

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  3. Sounds a fun day out - I didn't know you could do tht in Darlington! ;)

    Lovely colours on that bag, too!

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  4. Glad you had a lovely day!

    I love knitted dresses. Your niece will look adorable in whatever you knit for her!

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  5. I wish my daughter in law had the balance you have between being a 'sucker for labels' as you put it, yet also appreciating home made items. Sadly, the labels win out every time, to the point that a whole basket load of handknits I gave her when our granddaughter was born, was consigned to the bottom of a cupboard and never used at all, in favour of a mini version of a dress shop rail full of designer label baby clothes. Needless to say I haven't wasted my time since.

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  6. Such a good day.
    Alfazema

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  7. Hi Jenny...love your bag....beautiful colours!
    glad you had a fab day out....makes all the difference doesn't it?
    Hugs Karen x x x

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  8. How wonderful, all that time just to yourself and the yarn shopping and all the good stuff you can find in a yarn store!!
    We are hours from any good yarn shop and it's a good thing in one way but I would give anything to be able to browse a good store.

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  9. I KNOW the feeling re rare days out...... I can't sleep the night before, or the night I get home............ nice though, isn't it?

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  10. I bet you have been going stir crazy!! The bag is a real bargain. xxx

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  11. It sounds like you had a fun day out shopping. What a pretty little clutch and I like that bolero jacket too, and I agree, I'd have thought it was crochet, although I'm no expert. My mom always crocheted instead of knitting and it looks more like the things she did.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  12. I like the bag. You have got yourself a bargain there. I wouldn't think to look in a charity shop for something like that but perhaps I will in future.

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  13. Hil, Jenny! What a sweet outing... and LOVE that bag! Thos Knit Pro needles looks wonderful--and rather stylish too. I did some yarn shopping at the weekend too--bliss! Happy week ahead, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

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  15. I received my Tadpoles and Tiddlers book yesterday!! WOW!! What a lot of complicated knitting. I particularly liked the 'Sweetheart' sweater and although the colourwork looks quite hard (for me anyway) I'm going to try that soon!! I can just see my little Abby in it.

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