It's just brimming with stalls full of gorgeous food of every variety, colour, texture and of course smell!
Our main reason for the trip (we're all knitters) was to check out the Kaffe Fassett exhibit at the London Fashion and Textile Museum and we weren't disappointed. We've all been fans of his work, but to see all those colours and patterns in one place is quite overwhelming. Quilts, knitting, tapestry, mosaics, costumes, paintings - all were juxtaposed against each other in a stunningly visual kaleidoscope.
I think all of us came away immediately wanting to start new projects based on some of his patterns or colour combinations. And as knitters, we took heart. There's no denying Fassett's talent for design and colour mastery, but when you look closely at many of his knitted works (which of course we did), I have to report that he's not the greatest knitter. His tension is all over the place, there are dropped stitches, and he often doesn't weave in his ends, or does so rather clumsily. But what does it matter? Take two steps back and gaze at the same piece and all you see is the brilliance. And yes, you too can knit a gorgeous scarf in multiple colours of Kidsilk Haze using plain stockinette. The price for one in the gift store? £600! It was all very empowering.
But our day didn't stop there. Speaking of colour and inspiration, it was then off to Persephone Books which we'd all just like to move into.
Then of course we needed to visit a wool shop, so went to spend a glorious hour oohing, aaahing, squeezing and deliberating over the tantalising yarns and patterns at Loop.
Followed by a mad dash to Ray Stitch, five minutes away, and closing in fifteen. This is a wonderful haberdashery shop/cafe and needless to say, I blew my budget both there and at Loop. I'm blaming it all on Kaffe. I'll assemble all my goodies in an upcoming post. My head is exploding with various ideas on what to do with it all but suffice it to say I think there's some intarsia and quilting in my near future.