Please note that I used my travel time wisely to cast on my Bettie's Pullover.
Debi, Kerry and Kristen.
We met at Frederick Street Coffee House: bloggers and stitch-ists from as far afield as Bath and London, with a fair smattering of locals too.
Our wonderful hostesses had planned a whistle-stop tour of the best Edinburgh could offer lovers of vintage, knitting and sewing supplies.
We visited Armstrongs, Edinburgh fabrics, Mandors and The Cloth Shop.
|Lets's all shake hands!|
I was really sorry that Miss Dibs couldn't make it.
Be well, missus! We missed you!
You know how you feel like you "know" people through their blogs?
And how easy it is to chat away when everyone shares the same language of "Meringues" and "Beignets" and "Taffy"!
Isn't it clever of Colette to name their patterns like this? "Simplicity 1234" just isn't as memorable or evocative of a sewing treat!
There was lots of grinning!
I am looking forward to seeing the "official" group photo by the fountain on Debi's blog: her husband kindly offered to pander to the vanity of 22 (or so) sewing-obsessives and take over point-and-shoot duties.
THAT coat up close - oooh!
Can I just say: it is even more impressive in real life.
My home-made coat sighed a little sigh and flashed its red buttons in humble recognition of something rather more sophisticated!
As well as the social whirligig, I did a little shopping :)
On my list was: skirt lining, coat lining, tailor's chalk and woven interfacing. I got them all!
I also may have succumbed to a remnant of purple cotton velvet to make a pair of winter shorts - hee hee hee! And 2 metres of a red and green warm plaid seersucker-ish fabric. This is destined to be some sort of bias-cut assymetric Westwood-influenced skirt. Listen - they made me do it!
Believe that and you'll believe anything...
It was SUCH a great day! Yay - I kept my Resolution to Get Out There!
Next time I will plan to stay for dinner. I felt like a manic Cinderella as I power-walked up Leith Walk trying to get to the station in time to catch my 5.40pm train. The perceptive among you will notice that my train ticket was for Haymarket station... which is nowhere near our final shopping destination! I tried to catch a bus back to Princes Street, but missed the only one I saw - nooooo! So I ended up half-jogging to Waverley station and begging the guard to let me board the train a stop too early. They were just about to close the doors - talk about a close thing! I nearly had to spend the night in Edinburgh after all!
P.S. "100% Various" was the fibre contents description I saw on a bolt of fabric in The Cloth Shop - I wish I had taken a photo! It made me laugh!