Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Going home -- and London stash

Sunday the 14th was travel day for the father type and I.  Father type flew on to Dublin for business, while I flew home.

There were so many duty free shops at Heathrow!  Pretty amazing!




This was the fancy schmancy part -- with Burberrys and Harrods and other fine stores.


Goodbye, London.


I missed International Knitting in Public Day by a day.  Does knitting on a plane count?


Eastern tip of Long Island??

And now pictures of my purchases in London.  Not tooooo many.  :D


An old Elizabeth II tin, a Buckingham Palace ornament, and a piece of Liberty Tana Lawn I've had trouble tracking down (in this colorway at least).  I love how everything matches!


A needlepoint kit from Liberty London.  I've drooled over this for ages.


And a sweater's worth (there's more in the bag) of Eden Cottage Yarn Bowland DK from Loop London.  I had to try some British wool!  Yes, I have a pattern picked out, but I don't want to jinx myself so I won't say which one.  (The bag isn't a purchase.  It was used as my bag for my purchases -- which I love!)

I also picked up this Banksy t-shirt.  Don't you love it?



The father type has his own souvenirs (much less than me, of course), and we also picked up some souvenirs for the kids.  But that's it!  I toted a suitcase to London that was empty on one side.  That side was pretty full on the way home!

I have started both the Kiss kit (which turns out to be in cross stitch -- hooray!) and started my sweater.



The father type also brought back a scarf from the Book of Kells Exhibit at Trinity College in Dublin for me.



I hope you've enjoyed my posts about our London trip.  It was a wonderful trip for us, to a place I've always wanted to visit.  I was in London only once before, as a small child, and I was sick most of the time and didn't care a bit for the place back then.  What a treat for me now though!  I loved how different London is from the US, with beautiful old buildings, cool chimneypots, and of course the ever present double decker buses, phone boxes, mail boxes, and London cabs.  I hope we get to go back someday.  I would love to visit London again, plus other parts of the UK.

Thank you, father type, for a lovely anniversary present.  I will never forget our special time in London.

27 comments:

Vickie said...

FANTASTIC! The Liberty Tana Lawn is wonderful. So is your sweater yarn color!!! ;) That is a great t-shirt! ha!

Vera said...

Hi Margaret. This has been great fun going along for your adventure. Love all your stash -- especially the Liberty Tana Lawn and the yarn (can't wait for the reveal of what you are making!!). The tee shirt is so funny -- I knokw a bunch of people who would like that. And, love the scarf your DH brought you.

Ali said...

A wonderful adventure and thank you for sharing it with us I have really enjoyed reading all about your London trip. Ali x

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Thank you for including us on your wonderful London anniversary trip--I loved every minute of it. Beautiful yarns and great starts on your projects. Was Mia beside herself when you returned home?

Melissa said...

Oh, lovely, lovely! It's all about the stash-haul in the end! lol. You did show remarkable restraint, btw. And that tana lawn, I have the EXACT same one! We are sisters in Liberty! What are you going to make with yours? I don't know what to do with mine yet. Since it's Liberty I am hoarding it of course!

I see you've made good starts on your stash already. Have fun!

Glenna said...

I have loved your travelogue! My favorite of your purchases is the Liberty needlepoint-that's-really-cross-stitch, although the bag for your wool is pretty darn nice too.

Edgar said...

What super posts, London is my favorite City and I so enjoyed you commentary and snaps!!! THANKS!!!

Ranae Ehmen said...

I've been reading your great escape, everything was wonderful. If your not home yet... Safe travels

woolwoman said...

OHHHH - the reveal - almost the best part of the whole trip journal. LOVE LOVE all your purchases - the wool from Loop was stunning and you've already started your sweater - YGG ! the fabric from Liberty was just gorgeous - will you use that for a special quilt or hoard and pet forever? the scarf your DH got you in Ireland is very beautiful. What a great trip and lovely remembrances in your stash. enjoy them all - Mel

marly said...

Love your London purchases. Wish you could have spent more time there. I'm sure you'll get back one day.

Linda said...

Love all your new stash Margaret. I enjoyed reading your posts everyday.

Linda

Beth said...

Fantastic Margaret! Now you've been on a 'teaser' trip to London you can plan a longer trip next time - with your love of British things, you must go back again (longer next time too?). What a cool kit you picked up at Liberty's. I was in Dublin in 1979 from Feb-May. Trinity turned the page on the Book of Kells once a week and we used to go each week to look at the new page.

samplerlover said...

What a wonderful collection of goodies from one of my favourite places. I'm sure that each one will bring back many happy memories for you. I hope that we both get to go back to this wonderful country. Love your Liberty cushion kit.

Kaisievic said...

Wonderful stash to remember a wonderful trip by. I have so enjoyed my trip to London with you, thanks, Margaret.

Dawn said...

Wonderful buys! Glad you had a nice trip. London is one of the great cities, even better when enjoyed with loved ones.

Jackie said...

Lovely things you brought home. It looks like such a wonderful trip and a wonderful occasion to celebrate! I enjoyed your photos and reading the daily recap.

Elizabeth said...

You picked up some great goodies! What a lovely experience to have had, and thank you for sharing singe of the highlights with us.

Robin Sutton said...

Margaret, I have loved all of your trip and your purchase reveal. Thank you for taking us along on your journey. That fabric is very tasty looking. Robin

Annie said...

I was wondering how much stash you picked up on the trip. You went to a lot of places that could entice you to part with your money. I think you made some great choices and exercised unbelievable restraint. Love your pretty yarns, fabric and that cool kit.

And yes, knitting on airplane counts as knitting in public. I have spoken.

Melody said...

Hi Margaret! I love your London stash. Very cool. It looks like you had a wonderful trip together. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anna van Schurman said...

What a wonderful trip! I hope you have the opportunity to go back. :)

Brigitte said...

Oh yes, your new stash definitely deserves its own post :) Such wonderful new yarn and great new kit. And I love your Queen Elizabeth souvenirs together with this gorgeous piece of fabric. I would have bought it too.

Lynette said...

As one of your UK readers I have really enjoyed reading about your London trip! Even though I once lived in London for about 8 years, I think you saw more in your few days than I did. Great fun to read!

Sally said...

I am just catching up and have loved your posts about your trip to London. It sounds like you had an amazing time!

Karoline said...

I've really enjoyed reading about your time in London. Next time you come you will have to head up north ;)

Cari said...

Thanks for sharing your fabulous travels to London. I actually drooled over each and every pic. Oh the shops you went too !! Right up my alley. My credit card would have been in total melt down but I'd be so happy happy happy !! Hugs dear friend. Also glad you hubby is feeling better !! That must have been a frightening experience, especially because of your recent travels. Give Mia a big kitty hug !!

Loraine said...

So great to see your posts about London. How exciting! I am so glad you got to go with your husband and I am reading about your adventures the next few hours. Lucky me!
I've missed you! Hope all is going well. We are finally settled in our new home and things are going well.
Talk soon! Big hugs to you.