I haven’t organised a meet-up in ages, and feel a sudden, urgent need to do so. Has anyone been to the Ballgowns Exhibition, British Glamour Since 1950 at the Victoria and Albert museum? Do you want to? I’d love to check it out. (And it wouldn’t hurt to stroll around their gift shop.)
If you need any extra persuading, below is an extract from The Guardian’s review:
… if you like a properly made frock and hanker, even just a little, for the days when a big night out meant long, silk gloves and a Dubonnet rather than T-shirts and cheap vodka, it will have you swooning with delight.
Unusually, I’m suggesting a Friday evening meet-up. This is because my weekends are full until November (it terrifies me to type that) but I can squeeze in a Friday night out on the tiles!
DETAILS, KAREN, DETAILS
Date and time: I’m asking people to pre-book the 18.30 slot on Friday 7 September. We’ll gather from 18.10 onwards in the main foyer off Exhibition Road. There’s a convenient ‘meeting point’ there. (Please note – there’s more than one entrance to the museum, so make sure you’re using the Exhibition Road entrance to find us. You can download a museum map here.)
Late arrivals: If you’re late, you’re late! We won’t hang about. At 18.25 sharp we will be making our way to the exhibition room. I only stipulate this because my concern on the evening will be to keep the majority happy and, hey, stragglers will easily be able to find us. We’ll be the ones gawping at the ball gowns! Don’t worry, I’ll give my mobile number to members of the final party.
Cost: £10. Attendees will need to book their own tickets online here.
Drinkie-poos, Karen? Oh, I think so, don’t you? In my opinion, museum cafes are ridiculously over-priced, so I suggest that afterwards interested parties can join me on the 10-minute walk to the The Anglesea Arms. If it’s sunny, we can hit the beer garden! If not, they seem to have plenty of big tables inside – perfect for sewing, knitting or crochet chats. Or any type of chat! In my experience, these meet-ups cover a whole gamut of gossip.
If you’re interested in joining me, just leave a comment below. This might, even, finally give me a deadline for making the new dress I have in my head.
Talking of seeing crafting friends, new and old… This evening, I plonked myself down on the tube and pulled my crochet out. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I’d had a total Stink Cloud of a day. You know when the Stink Monster comes and sits on your head and eats stinky chips, farting stinky farts, wearing stinky clothes? That was my day.
But as I started crocheting, the woman next to me slipped me a smile. I smiled back, thinking not much of it. Then I spotted the quilting on her lap. I was crocheting next to someone sewing! On the tube! Take that Olympics, crafting is what really gets strangers talking to each other. So we chatted and discovered that we both know Catherine of Significant Seams, blogged about here, and then, and then… Suddenly my Stink Cloud had evaporated. Thank you, Wenna. You didn’t mind the mad woman talking to you at all. God knows what the other commuters thought.