The were 9 teams, all named after sheep, I had chosen Cheviot, our first shop was Knit with Attitude in Shoreditch High Street, they didn't open till 10am so we met in a nearby cafe, Lazy Social. Here our leader, or shepherd, Natalie, distributed our goody bags whilst we knitted at every moment possible.
These two photos are the interior of Prick your Finger in Bethnal Greenso amazing that so much has been squeezed into this tiny treasure trove.
After lunching in the York in Camden, Cheviot team headed to Loot in Camden Passage, spoken about in awesome terms by crafters, certainly a larger store on two floors, we gathered outside with our treasure. (Our leader wears a white Keep Calm and Yarn Crawl t-shirt)
From here we travelled on the top of two buses to Crouch End, on the first managed to bag a seat right at the front to travel north, so regret not using my camera, but in my defence was quite loaded with three bags, enjoyed viewing the Victorian villas and the architecture, also the area was quite hilly. The bus and short tube journeys meant it wasn't practical to knit whilst travelling between shops, The 50 minute journey to Seven Sisters station meant more progress on making hexipuffs, knitted in pub at lunchtime and whilst drinking tea in Nest.
Quite pleased how I coped with clambering to the top decks of buses, steps up and down to the tube stations, walking, socialising with people I had never met before, not easy for me, I worry about whether my small talk is too banal, or if I am boring my victim.
Left home at 7.30 am travelling, with ClematisKnitter who lives nearby and was in Cheviot team too, staggered back indoors at about 8.30 pm clutching these goodies.
We ended up at the Parcel Yard, the pub at Kings Cross Station, for the after crawl party with all the other teams, it was fun that Cheviot had a table right in the centre so we could see what was going on. Many companies had been generous with door prizes, I won an e-book download of patterns from Ysolda so yummy designs drop into my Ravelry library from:-
Mugs of tea for ClematisKnitter and myself to keep us going for the trek home on the Piccadilly and District Lines, she and her husband kindly gave me a lift from the station.
The date for next year has been announced, it is my intention - health permitting - to do this again, it follows my mantra of living for the day, learning new skills and I do like the charitable element too. Next time I will know to knit or crochet more goodies for Refuge, not just the one cowl I made.