Can you tell that it’s coooold in the UK? When I met up with fellow bloggers Tilly and the Buttons and carlymakesstuff for our festive evening at Drink, Shop, Do it was freezing. All three of us arrived wearing thick, cozy tights. Zoe of SoZo and another crafty friend had to cancel their plans to join in because of trains going nowhere. I shan’t talk too much here about our evening making mulled wine bags because I hear that Tilly will be blogging about our evening soon, and I’m sure she took much better photos! Suffice to say, we had fun.
Our evening also inspired me. Lovely Carly was wearing a fabulous crocheted snood. I’ve been looking at snood patterns. I’ve also been harbouring a desire to learn how to crochet. So, I’ve decided to make my own version of Carly’s knitwear, as blogged about in this tutorial on her wonderful fledgling blog. I needed to buy some Rowan Big Wool and a crochet hook – so what better time to take advantage of the 15% off at Liberty? I popped along tonight and invested. Now, I just need to work out how to crochet. If you know of good online tutorials, let me know!
Whilst at Liberty, I thought I’d cruise the store for crafting inspiration. I did a comedy double take when I saw Erica B’s baroque style jacket, recently blogged about:
Wow! I thought. I didn’t know Erica had a sideline in supplying Liberty. I went to take a closer look. Do you want to know what the price tag said? Do you?! Make sure you’re sitting down. This cost the best part of £2500. Though, it was on sale for £1700. Bargain! I’m sure many very special couture techniques were involved in the making of this, but seriously. Were their needles carved from diamonds and the thread spun from unicorns’ coats? I didn’t have time to ask because I was told to stop taking photos. I’ll say this, though. I am seriously impressed by Erica’s ability to spot and interpret high end fashion trends.
As I went to leave the store (I won’t be told to stop taking blurry photos by anyone!) I noticed a commotion. Turning a corner, I came across this:
Manolo Blahnik, as I live and breath!
This is a Spanish shoe designer of some repute. Glad to see he likes his slabs of chocolate, to be seen in the foreground! (Essential sustenance for all creatives.) The man with the quiff sending me a stare was a character and a half. Tight shirt, tight trousers, pursed lips and shimmying hips. You couldn’t make it up.
So after all this chatting, sewing of mulled wine bags, shopping and gawping I should get back to my make of the Cynthia Rowley 2472. I didn’t make a toile, people.
Oh, I also need to learn to crochet. Hmmm, and make some mulled wine. It keeps you busy, this crafting! If only the day job didn’t get in the way.