Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The big smoke and a little give-away

Alice and I went on a little half term trip to London yesterday. We made a pact that we would do this on one of my 3 days off this week and our number one priority was to go to Liberty for the very first time. I've wanted to peruse their halls of fabric, stationary and yarn for a very long time now and it did not disappoint. I do recommend a visit if you find yourself in central London.

The fabric, alas was rather pricey so I didn't indulge for we went on our day trip on a wee budget but we did come away with a little bag filled with affordable goodies. A treat for Alice and a treat for me.

Ok, so I treated myself to the obvious. Well,you know what they say about an addiction :o)

We truly had a beautiful mummy - daughter day out and saw fabulous city sites on the double decker buses (I try and avoid the tubes if possible) and had a lovely dinner in Pizza Express with some of our Tesco clubcard vouchers (£10 in vouchers = £40 in Pizza Express vouchers...hoooray). Alice also got to meet a singer called Rebecca Ferguson in the Vivienne Westwood section of Selfridges which made her smile a whole lot.

She was a little star struck, bless her heart.

I also bought a copy of this book too, it's a little gem that I've had my eye on and oops it just happened to slip into my basket. 

My little crafty book collection appears to be enlarging somewhat and there are still so many that I would like. Pass me my wish list for Santa please. 

We do love a little trip to London and look forward to our next visit when we plan to go back for a visit to the Tate Modern.

Now after me blurbing on about the big smoke, let me show you my little give-away. I bought 3 balls of this yarn a few weeks ago and after desperately trying to knit with it, I gave up. Skinny yarn and I do not mix it seems :0( So, without further ado would you like your name to be entered into a hat for a little give-away?

It's 50% acrylic, 30% mohair and 20% wool. It looks bluey-green-grey in colour. You'll receive 2 complete balls and 1 almost complete one(minus about 5 meter's I frogged and threw away because it all knotted up) plus some 5mm vintage needles as the recommended size knitting needles for this yarn and a little something else, not sure what yet, a little surprise from me.

All you have to do is pop a comment onto this post and let me know if you fancy being in the draw for this yarn. If you don't have a blog, leave your email in a comment so I can contact you if your name is pulled out the hat. Fancy this yarn? Go on, give it a go.
Thanks for visiting and
See you all soon


  1. What a marvellous day out! Sounds like girly perfection to me. And fab photos!

    We are going to London later this week - taking Fabien to the Science Museum and then for lunch and a few other bits and bobs - I'd much rather have another mooch about Liberty's though...doubt the menfolk will go for that. :)

    Your book looks very interesting...must have a look on Amazon. Although I am waiting for the new Dottie Angel Granny Chic book - hope it arrives tomorrow - so must restrain myself and not splurge on another book just yet. :)

  2. What a lovely looking trip, a real mother and daughter treat. I love Liberty of London and try to get there whenever I visit. I am hoping to get there at the end of November. Enjoy the rest of your half term x

  3. Hello Penelope
    Oh! but I am very fond of window shopping in London there's so much to see. I just love the look of those fabrics particularly the top roll which reminds me of Tudor roses and Elizabethan designs...bet they cost a bomb! Ah! bless her! Alice does looks as if that photo really made her day. I like her leather jacket too I have a grand-daughter who would very much like one of those.
    Just goes to show you don't have to have loads of cash to have a fun day in the capital.
    Please include me in your giveaway that is if it is open to your international followers too. I think I've used wool like that for crochet before now. It has its drawbacks when unpicking but the finished make turns out quite soft and lovely.

    keep well

    from a very wet Spain

    Amanda :-)

  4. What a lovely day out! It is always nice to spend some mother and daughter time together and shopping and lunch are the perfect combination. I love the look of that skinny yarn ~ I have never used it before but it looks lovely and soft :O)xx

  5. Oh What a great trip! I used to like the Liberty shop in Norwich but it has gone. Yes, the fabric IS expensive, isn't it? It's just nice to go and gaze at the eye candy. OH! I bought that same book, at the Country Living Fair this Spring. Haven't made anything from it to be honest .......yet!

    I won't ask to be included in the give-away as I certainly wouldn't be able to make best use of that lovely wool - hope it goes to someone who will make something great.Lx

  6. of course I fancy that lovely yarn ( i guess, i'm not sure I understand ' fancy ' good enough, I'm not english speaking ;) )

  7. What a lovely mother-daughter day. Alice looks so happy in the photo. Please add me to the giveaway. While I probably can't do it justice, my daughter who is a knitter extraordinaire and who is expecting her first child in January could certainly make something beautiful for the baby, I'm sure.
    Thanks for taking us along on your outing.


  8. It has been a while since I went into London. Looks like you both had a wonderful day and I am not surprised that Alice was a little star struck on her grand day out. I'd love a chance at your give away, fingers crossed :) thank you!

  9. Oh I am so jealous Pen, I would have loved to come for a day trip to London with you. I really am tired that "they" aren't making transmogrifiers yet. I suppose when they do they will be unaffordable to the likes of us - corporate bastards!

  10. Looks like you had a lovely day out. I'm off up there for my Mummy Daughter day next week. Really looking forward to spending time with Jose.

    I'd love a chance to win that yarn please.

    Take care

  11. Love the big pom-poms in your first pic!

    Sounds like you and Alice had a lovely day out, and despite not buying fabric, I'm sure it was nice to Wow at the designs....the new yarn is lovely, I think most of the things I most want are yarny! It's funny going to the big smoke and seeing famous people, happened to me once, I won't tell you who it was, as it's a tad embarrassing, but I was totally star-struck....so not me!

    I'm afraid I can't resist the lure of a yarny giveaway, I would love to be entered, thank you!

  12. What a great time you both had! I'd love to go to the Liberty shop! Ada :)

  13. Looks like you had a fabulous day! Really must get hubby to take me to Libertys! Always looking to add to my yarn collection, count me in please :)
    Victoria xx

  14. I would love to win this yarn,thank you for the chance to win it.

  15. I also went to Liberty two years ago and it was wonderful although a bit pricey. I would be very happy to knit a shawl with your yarn. Thank you.

  16. Its wonderful when you are just meandering about and meet a star!! What a wonderful mother-daughter outing.

    I would love to be included into your draw for the skinny yarn, etc., if you don't mind a Canadian included, eh!? =)

  17. Hi. What a great day out you and your daughter had. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I would love to win the yarn but I'm not sure my knitting and crochet skills would do it justice, however, practice makes perfect, so please put my name in. Many thanks and enjoy the rest of the half term. Debs x

  18. How did I miss this post?!? What a grand day out. I love London and could go there any time, if the annual income would only permit it.

    By all means put my name into the giveaway if you don't mind shipping across the pond.

    I'll admit, for a moment I thought it was you in that photo with Alice, and all I could think was "Golly, she's a knockout!" :)

  19. What a lovely day out - I must do that with my daughter again. I would love yo visit Liberty - unfortunately it is a bit far from New Zealand for a day trip. Thanks for the chance to win that lovely yarn.

  20. I found your blog via Tangled Sweetpea and have joined as a follower.
    A shopping day in London would be a dream. Many moons ago I worked for Liberty of London when they had a concession in Debenham's Southampton.
    Love that you met up with Rebecca Ferguson. I remember watching her on X Factor last year.
    I'd love to enter the giveaway if it is open to new followers.

  21. I am always a little hesitant to join in give aways as the postage to overseas can be very steep. I know when I send things to UK the postage cost almost makes me shake in my boots. So if it is open to OS people then I would love to join in. Thank you so much for your generosity.
    xoxo Sandi
    Your mum/daughter day out sounds wonderful, brings back memories.

  22. Lovely giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance.



  23. I have this book too. It's more ideas than how tos but what lovely photos.

  24. What a fab day out! Count me in to your giveaway if I'm not too (fashionably) late!
    I've just read your behind the scenes post and totally get your need to 'explain'. My blog is heavily linked to my business so I keep it 'light' (possibly even fluffy!!), but also because, like you, it's my little bit of escape and a place to share happy things.
    Anyone who knows me, or has read my blog for long enough, knows there is far more going on behind the scenes and life has not always been as easy as it appears. I too sometimes feel the need to share - usually following a similar 'you're so lucky' comment!!
    I hope your hubby is back home again now and back on an even keel. Mental Health is something I'm all too familiar with...and as such I am sending you a large squashy bosomed hug your way right NOW!
    fee x (chipper nelly)
    ps Rebecca Ferguson is one of my fav albums to work to right now!