A day in Harrogate (le Deux)

So, as Mel mentioned, I took a train up to Harrogate on Monday to see at least a little part of Yorkshire. Ever since I moved, Mel has insisted I go to Harrogate but when I knew that she was going to be able to show me round, I knew I had to wait till the very last minute!

I knitted on the train up, of course, and was met at the station by the lovely familiar face of Mel!

As she mentioned we had a great Afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea RoomsImage

 

And then wandered around the town. It’s so pretty! 

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(ignore the roadworks in front) – This is the Royal pump rooms.

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And the Old Swan Hotel, where Agatha Christie was discovered after being missing for 11 days. (if you watch Doctor Who you’ll know all about it!) 

Sadly, I was too busy diving into all the yarn to take photos in Baa Ram Ewe, so you’ll just have to enjoy Mel’s, but I loved it! I got some lovely Titus in Eccup, which is apparently named after a Reservoir. See what you learn going to a yarn store with a local! I shall be making Catkin, but Kate Davies. I eyed this off in Edinburgh, but couldn’t decide on a colour without an opinion, and knowing it was a Baa Ram Ewe yarn, I wanted to get it there!

So Mel and I headed to a pub (course) and I even had some beer, though it was Frulli, which is a fruit wheat beer, so not sure it counts in Mel’s eyes. But I also tasted some stouts and porters (ew) and the lovely bartender gave me some samples of some lighter beers on tap, one which I quite liked that smelt like passionfruit (not even joking) and one which I would VERY happily drink called Maisel’s Weisse. After a few drinks I talked Mel into fish and chips. And she led us merrily to a seafood restaurant she used to go to with her sons.

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It was pretty epic, though I didn’t like the mushy peas (I tried them though!) Definitely one of the best fish and chips I’ve had in the UK (or ever really)

But the best thing? the entree – we both got the Prawn Cocktail and my goodness it was good! And adorable too!Image

So then we headed back to the train station where I got the lovely surprise of sharing a train with Mel to Leeds before we went our separate ways. I pretty much crashed out on the train back. It was such a lovely day, with a dear friend in a great town. You all need to go visit!!

 

 

 

Recipe4ayarn and Binkaboo meet in Harrogate

This post comes from the UK branch of the Richmond Knitters 😉

Yesterday, I met up with Jen (Binkaboo) in Harrogate before she heads back to Australia. We met in Harrogate because

a) I lived there for years before I moved to Melbourne and it’s purdy
b) Jen has never been to Yorkshire
c) Yorkshire is synonymous with the British wool industry
d) My Baaramewe gift vouchers were burning a hole in my pocket

So after meeting her at the train station I whisked her off to Betty’s Tea Rooms because you can’t go to Harrogate and not take afternoon tea at Betty’s.

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So there we were all silver tea pots,  little sandwiches with the crusts cut off , scones with jam and clotted cream and miniture cakes. Mmmmm delish! After tea we went off in search of Baaramewe. I got a smidge lost because I knew the vague direction of Cold Bath road but couldn’t remember the exact directions. Fortunately, Harrogate is full of historical charm so it didn’t matter that we went “the scenic route”.

I took Jen to get her photograph taken outside the Old Swan Hotel which is particularly famous for Agatha Christie mysteriously being found there after being missing for eleven days. I stupidly didn’t take one on my phone so you will have to wait for Jen’s version of the day. Anyway, after walking past the Royal Pump House and up Cold Bath Road for a while I declared that “it couldn’t be too far away” turned to look across to the other side of the road and to our hysterical amusement, Baaramewe was just across from us.

The shop was wonderful, brimming with woolly goodness as you would expect and decorated with great taste.

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In the first pic Jen hugs her purchase of Titus next to a very unique, antique lamp/table. In the second picture she plots how she will use said Titus on a lovely Scandanavian, 1950’s style sofa. The sofa is decorated with a shawl from Bespoke, a pattern collection celebrating the Tour de France starting from Yorkshire, indeed the first day ends in Harrogate.

My own haul (thanks Richmond knitters) consisted of seven skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners BFL DK in the light brown that will become a Blank Canvas by Ysolda. Two balls of crazy Zauberball in Flussbett which is a colourway I adore. 4 packets of Herdy stitchmarkers because one can never have enough stitchmarkers and some of my old ones are beginning to break, plus it’s Herdy and I love him and the charity he is mascot for. A gorgeous yellow button for the Turmeric by Veera that I’m planning. A friend for Schlutty (supposed to be a pin cushion but I can’t bear to stick pins in a sheep). Lastly, a selection of Titus miniskeins because I saw a sample of  the Daybreak shawl by Stephen west knit in Titus and fell in love. One skein of original colour and six miniskeins are all that’s needed and I have three skeins of original colour languishing in my stash.

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I took some more photos of yarn that I will be returning to purchase once I am working. I predict some colourwork in my future knitting projects is all I’m going to say.

Following Baaramewe there was some tourist fun.

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The angle of the picture is odd because the frame area is actually unfinished and there is ugly plastic barriers in the view.

The day concluded with a spot of window shopping including The Wool Room, a shop full of woolly stuff for the home including my future bed. Then it was beer and fish ‘n’ chips and a long train home for both of us.

I had an absolutely splendid day, it was so good to catch up and I wish Jen safe travels onwards. I hope she enjoyed seeing, but a tiny bit of a tiny bit of Yorkshire. Hopefully, this will entice more Richmond Knitters to visit us in the UK branch.

On your marks…

… get set, GO!

Yarn choices were made, and then remade around the table at Richmond Knitters last night.

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Lots of discussion around the pros and cons of using one colour or two.

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Lots of oohing and ahh-ing happened. Chris couldn’t decide so she made the decision we all would have made, buy all the yarn…

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Not long after arriving home from knit night, the first clue was released. It was exciting, far more than I had imagined. I’m beginning with Clue B, as soon as I stop procrastinating!

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Are you knitting along? Progress shots next week!

World Wide Knit-along

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If you haven’t heard of the ‘Follow your arrow’, Ysolda mystery knit-along, then you’re clearly not frequenting the right knitting group!

My number one resolution for the year was to not join any knit-alongs, whatsoever. Despite the fact that every (or almost every) Richmond Knitter (near or far, hello Melanie and Bee) is participating. After reading Kate’s blog this week, I’m weakening. With clues being released once a week, Sharon can only knit so far ahead… this appeals to me greatly.

So I went stash diving this morning on my Ravelry stash page, very handy to have your stash info handy in such circumstances. Turns out I only have 2 or 3 choices I can use for this project (stop laughing), without resorting to striping. I have 4 balls of Rowan Soft in green, or 10 balls of Bendigo Woolen Mills sock yarn in a grey marl. I guess I’d better get my yarn out to have a squish to help me decide.

Regardless of whether I do join this insanity, I’ll keep you updated on the group’s progress week by week, by way of photographs of WIPs on Monday nights, after all that’s part of the fun.

Farewell Melanie

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With great sadness The Richmond Knitters farewelled Melanie (to go back home) on Monday night. It’s been quite a journey, although neither of us could tell you how long, we’ve been friends forever.

She is currently on a plane winging her way back home, so there can be no more tears… for now at least. It is the end of an era, as someone said to me on Monday night. I can’t really remember a time when Melanie didn’t come to the Richmond Knitters, maybe we didn’t exist before then.

It’s incredibly brave to move countries, (the selfish) part of me hoped it wasn’t going to happen, but I know it’s for the best. It’s not as if we won’t ever see each other again, or be in contact constantly or instantly, you have to love social media for that.

The first time I meet Melanie happened to be at another knitting group held in a yarn store. I thought she was wonderful (apparently I told her she was cool) and invited her along to RK. The rest is history. So many happy memories and gin and beer and good food. We’re going to miss you Melanie.

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Knitting Resolutions

Happy 2014!

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The changing of the calendar brings with it a chance to pause and reflect on the goals we want to achieve. Reflect on the successes of the previous years, the lessons learned from the challenges we faced and strategies to tackle them next time they appear.

Looking back – 2013 was a year of significant change in my life – moving from Brisbane to Melbourne and as a result becoming a fairly regular attendee of Richmond Knitters’. There’s something comforting about the sense of belonging to this group and being about to completely geek out over yarns, patterns and notions without being labelled a ‘suzy homemaker’ (or worse). Being welcomed into a friendly space to share our passion together is all kinds of awesome. But enough of that.

Looking forward – 2014 should be a far more stable year. There is time and space to set knitting goals – I’ve committed to making myself six large projects:

  • two shawls (including my first Mystery Knit-A-Long),
  • two cardigans
  • a pull-over top and
  • a pair of socks for Mr Redpen (my first socks!).

I’ve also made a resolution to only buy yarn for projects in my Ravelry queue and not blindly add to stash (with an exception to be made for Bendigo). I’d like to try new types of needles – metal or carbon and develop my continental knitting skills too.

Now that it’s in writing, it all seems very ambitious!

What resolutions (knitting or otherwise) have you made for 2014?

Merry Christmas

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Purl would like to wish you all a joyous and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year. She hopes it is filled with knitting and yarn and boxes, lots and lots of boxes!

We are knitting over the holidays, so if you are looking for something to do on a Monday evening, why not join us at the Spread Eagle on Bridge Rd, Richmond ? From 6pm.