Sunday, November 07, 2010

An afternoon out

Yesterday, I decided to go on a little outing to the Morningside Makers' Market. The weather was beautiful in the morning (while I was doing fascinating things like going to the supermarket) but just as I was leaving the house on my bike, it started to rain.

Never mind, I thought, it'll only be a passing shower.

Morningside Makers' Market

By the time I got to the market, I had revised this view. However, the entrance looked positively festive despite the downpour.

There were lots of lovely stalls inside. I saw silver jewellery, knitted and felted items, quirky patchwork toys and stylish hats (possibly not for wearing in the rain).

I also managed to make a few purchases.

Firstly, I bought some beautiful lampwork glass beads from Min Fidler. They have an amazing amount of detail and change colour according to the light, and I'll have fun thinking what to make with them.

Stripey beads

Spotty beads

Then I found a little green finch on a stall with lots of toys (including some sock monkeys) and somehow he came home with me.

Little green finch

(This is not the stall - www.madestuff.co.uk - but our telephone table!)

The main reason I'd come, though, was The Yarn Yard's stall.

TheYarnYard's stall

It was lovely to chat with Natalie and I eventually managed to choose three skeins of yarn - one DK, one sock weight and one laceweight. (I am trying not to buy too much sock yarn as I could keep myself happily knitting socks for about a year without buying any!)

Yarn from TheYarnYard

Red, green and blue* - perfect if you should need to calibrate your monitor.

Then before I could spend any more money I headed out into the rain, but only went around the corner to the Rocket café for a cup of coffee and some warm melty chocolate cake, and a little sock-knitting.

Cake, coffee, sock

There is something soothing about watching the rain pelt down when you don't have to go out in it. Unfortunately I had offered to get J some brake blocks for his bike and some extra dark soy sauce from the Chinese grocery (I always seem to have weird shopping lists at the moment).

So... once more unto the breach. Or the rain. At the bike shop I was served by the member of staff who taught our bike-maintenance class a few weeks ago and then had to fix my bike immediately afterwards (bit of an epic saga) and he rather sweetly asked if it was still working OK (it is).

By the time I got home, I was rather cold and wet about the trousers and feet.

I'm surprised my jeans weren't wetter than this

Perhaps I should have worn more waterproof shoes...

Still, it was a lovely mini-holiday from the daily round (and a hot shower and dry socks sorted me out). Tomorrow I shall get back to doing useful things.

*Sorry about the weird shadows; daylight is beginning to be in short supply around here!

5 comments:

Isabelle said...

Well, you certainly deserve a mini-holiday at the moment. Hope work is better tomorrow.

Rosemary Riveter said...

It may be odd of me, but I miss the delicious feeling of going from cold wet feet into a hot shower and then dry socks.

Those socks in progress are a lovely cheery colour too!

Alasdair said...

It was great to see everyone who came to the fayre on Saturday, I must admit it was difficult to resist making a few purchases myself.

I always wonder about the homes our creations go to - I'm terribly sentimental - so good to see the finch settling in :)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, it sounds like the perfect day to me -- cold feet and warm shower included. The front of the fair looks beautiful -- that tree and the bunting would definitely draw me in. I LOVE the pretty color of the socks you're working on. I would have loved to have been with you -- riding bikes, then sitting and knitting in the cafe. Heaven!

old_black said...

I love the colours in the Yarn Yard stuff.

Your chocolate cake made my mouth water and I was pleased but surprised to see that the Rocket Café served ANZAC biscuits! they're something I think of as featuring more on Australian menus than Scottish ones.

I agree with you that There is something soothing about watching the rain pelt down when you don't have to go out in it. ...*thinks, must fix that hole in our roof soon* :-(