I love visiting London, every month or so I plan a jam packed day to go to the exhibitions, restaurants and sites I’ve been reading about, out in the sticks, well West Midlands!
My Mum and I took the early train arriving in the big city at 10, it already felt like lunch so we hot footed it straight to Monty’s Deli for some pastrami sandwiches.
Every time I sink my teeth into a stack of cured meat I think my Eastern European routes must come through, never more satisfied than when eating something pickled, brined or boiled! The corned beef was actually my favourite of the two meats, but the star was the chopped liver. While waiting for our Reuben specials to grill we greedily slathered some of the meaty pate onto the really lovely rye bread, meaty, rich and smooth! I’ve read they brine and cook everything onsite for the weekend trading and it’s always a sell out, what a great business, we had been planning to go since hearing about the market stall, it’s grown quickly, now a unit in the arches of Druid Street it’s an inspiring example of a growing business reaping the rewards of making a great high quality product and working hard.
We definitely needed to walk off our super early feast so next stop was the Fashion and Textiles Museum for the knitting exhibition. My mum is an avid knitter, we don’t get such a look in since my sister had a baby but she did rustle up this bespoke hot dog scarf for me..
Anyway, back to the knitting, what a great subject for an exhibition, so current and specific, the curators could really go for it on this theme, with a lifetime of history and examples of this ever popular craft. I enjoyed the exhibition but did feel it was definitely more about knitting as a fashion texture and fabric, and could have included more on knitting as an action and technique. I really loved the old examples, it really emphasised how classic something is when it’s primarily knitted, things were hard to date, I guess because the techniques and fabrics used have been replicated for decades after, even if they are produced on machines rather than by hand. Obviously there is a huge difference between a Primark fairisle style jumper and a similar looking handknitted 1940s piece! Here are a few shots of the exhibition, I particularly love knitted swimwear as it has always seemed one of the silliest ideas ever!
I will be adding a shot of my mums own knitted cossie from her childhood, emblazoned with her name, I can just picture her shuffling along a windy seaside in a soggy suit, scratching away at the sweaty seams! Well I’ve only got up until lunchtime but will blog again about the second half of the day, it was culture-tastic so a shame to squeeze into one post!