Sunday, 4 June 2017

London Calling


View of London at night
The Shard, in the centre of the picture, was near the attack last night

It seems spurious to be blogging about knitting, in the aftermath of last night's terrorist attack in London.  It's a city I know fairly well, as I've lived and worked here since 2011.  I was aware of something going on via social media before I went to sleep last night.  Mr Knitty was awake before I was this morning, and told me it was a terrorist attack by giving me a massive hug when I woke up. London is a city I know and love, inhabited by people I know and love. All the places on the news where the attack took place are all places I have woven into my life story.


London during the day - taken from the Bank of the Thames
London in the cold light of day

Again, my sadness is for the people directly involved.  Tomorrow may be interesting; it appears that some of the injured were taken to the hospital where I work (thank you Swedish media) and I also have an appointment at Guy's tomorrow, which is right next to where the attack happened.  It is moments like this when I am incredibly proud to work for the NHS.  And again, Twitter took the mickey in the way that we British do best.

My uniform and international necker - for a foreign visit last year
Yesterday was a better day.  I spent all of it at Girlguiding Regional Headquarters with other international advisors, discussing Plans and sharing ideas.  Our voluntary role is to advertise international opportunities to all members, help to select girls and leaders for international trips and support groups going away if needed.  Above is my uniform top and neckerchief from when we went abroad last year.  The union flag badge is one you sew on your uniform when going away internationally. 

The plan today was to sit and knit a hat, using Sockmatician's Invisicrown pattern (Ravelry link).  The yarn was bought for my nephew's blanket and I have a purple and red ball left over.  In a day of feeling out of sorts, creating something seems to be a good way of being productive.  Very annoyingly, I cannot find the double point needles that I need to swatch and knit.  Instead, I'm putting together ideas for another international trip to Bruges later this year.

Oh - and I've finished the cable breaker.  





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