MMJ10 – Women Are Wonderful!

One of the things I love about my corner of London’s East End is the local high street, 30 seconds from my front door. Visiting the row of independent shops is like stepping back in time – the Brothers Fish Bar, the hardware and decorators Colvins, the Eel and Mash place, the covered market selling old vinyl records and second hand furniture… And then there’s the cobblers:

The shop’s been here for 100 years; Johnny’s worked here for 30. I nearly fainted when I saw the machine he was using:

‘That’s not a sewing machine, is it?’ I spluttered.

‘Oh yes, it is,’ Johnny told me proudly. This is one of the big boys. It does the stuff other sewing machines tremble in the face of. It’s industrial.

The photo of Johnny and I was taken by another customer, sporting a beard stained yellow from cigarettes. I’m sporting one of my most successful knits ever, completed two years ago and going strong. It’s a pattern called Surface by Norah Gaughan. I worked it in Rowan Pure Wool DK, which suits the make perfectly. This cardigan often comes out when I’m at home and the weather has turned a bit chilly.

My two new friends were utter delights – real gentlemen.

‘I’m 66 and my new girlfriend is 39,’ the customer told me proudly. He raised his hands in the air and beamed. ‘Women are wonderful!’

I couldn’t disagree.

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6 Responses to MMJ10 – Women Are Wonderful!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Your cardie is just gorgeous. I love it. Well done! I love his Singer too. I have to admit, blushing, I am really enjoying your MMJ posts.

  2. Dibs says:

    We sure are. loving the cardi . when I saw the picture, I was sure you had made the top, not the cardi its really nice.

  3. Suze says:

    Love the cardi. And would love to see more of your neighborhood.

  4. Roobeedoo says:

    Gorgeous cardi! What a shame the old sweetie shop isn’t there anymore – I would have loved a picture of you in there!

  5. I love the way you are documenting MMJ. A twist on an already scrummy idea. 🙂 And I do hope the rose dress is coming along well! In situations like that where there is less flat surface than fabric, I tend to lay out a bit of pattern, pin it, and then flop that bit off the table pattern bits and all. I have been burnt by the running out of fabric thing once too often. 🙂
    Keep it up! And lovely to see bits of London I never got to as well!

  6. Scruffy badger says:

    What a guy and hurrah for the sewing machine! It’s lovely to see something you’ve knitted , it’s gorgeous!!

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