There and back again

Dear knitting blog,

I am back from England, and I don’t think I saw the whole country but my feet are slightly convinced otherwise. I will have to go back again some time once they recover. Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, the Tate Britain, Roman baths, Jane Austen centre, Victoria & Albert museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Bletchley Park, Oxford University (and Blackwell’s bookstore), Loop yarn shop of London, you were all fabulous. Save me some tea and fish & chips and we’ll do it all again some time.

I knitted a bit in transit, and have an almost finished fresh pair of Queen St. mitts to show for it along with a half-finished pair of ribbed socks, and now that I’m home again I am finally able to tackle some pattern notes for some new designs. Looking forward to a week of respite and rejuvenation.

With fondest regards,


P.S. While I was away everything dropped to freezing and now I want to knit all the things. No assistance required, XOXOXO.















  1. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love England. I was very lucky to have lived there for several months when I was younger. I can’t wait to visit again, just beautiful.

  3. It sounds fabulous, now I want to go!

  4. meezermeowmy · ·

    Those red lillies grow here in Louisiana, and folks call them “Naked Ladies”, or even “neked ladies”. Think the name reflects that they don’t have a lot of green leaves.

  5. London is absolutely fabulous. We’ve been 3 times and there are still so many things we’ve yet to see. Loop was fantastic, so much so that I went back a second time! Though in all honesty, there was a great pub, O’Neils, right around the corner that also brought us back to Islington. I happen to be at Loop when it was Knit night and everyone was so welcoming. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  6. Beautiful! I was in London for 3 weeks in college. The National Portrait Gallery was my favorite of the sight-seeing destinations.
    Welcome home 🙂

  7. I was eating two cookies while looking at those impossible waist lines. I think it will take a lot more than eliminating cookies to get a waist line like that.

  8. Looks like a heavenly trip!

  9. Lovely story-telling, Glenna. I’d love a return trip to England, too.
    What is that interesting photo of the building with the 3 and X’s?

    Funny comment by Sheila. I agree! I suppose just getting dressed daily
    burned calories and then how does anyone sit (or even breathe), much less want to eat while constrained in a tightly pulled corset?

  10. Well. Now I want to eat cake too.

  11. Glad you enjoyed the trip but please remember that there is a lot more to England than just London . Come to Birmingham brilliant Art Gallery , shops and lots to see and do in the Midlands .

  12. Every time I see those poppies it makes me stop in my tracks and just reflect….. x

  13. Glad you had a good time here!

  14. knittedblissjc · ·

    hooray!! I’m so glad you had a great time, and I love Bath, I’m so glad you went- Can’t wait to see more photos!

  15. Thx for the photos…

  16. Your photos from Oxford just took me straight back there… I’ve visited twice and absolutely love it – must be the most beautiful city there is.

    Looks like you had the perfect trip! Jane Austen Centre? Not jealous at all. 😉

  17. Sounds like fun! And yes, now with this weather I agree – it is time to really hunker down to the serious warm knitting.

  18. I’m afraid the red flowers are not lilies. They are artificial poppies, 888 246 poppies to be precise, one for each British fatality during the First World War. Armistice Day is coming up (11th November) and the whole nation has a time of quiet on the Sunday closest to it (this year 9th November). They do look pretty but always make me sad, too.

  19. Glad to see you enjoyed London! Always a great time 🙂 I lived here 7 years ago and fell in love with the city (and I’m very happy to be back). Missing my stash back home, but there is plenty of yarn to choose from here. Enjoy the Shepherds wool! It’s a great yarn – beautiful stitch definition for cables. Happy knitting!

  20. The building marked Hut 3 is at Bletchley Park, where codebreakers such as Alan Turing worked in WW2 to break German codes and cyphers such as those produced by the Enigma machine. They built and used some of the world’s first computers. It is now a wonderful museum of computing. It is about 3 miles from where I live. I wish I had known you were in the neighbourhood Glenna, I would have invited you for a drink at the pub.

  21. 379christy · ·

    Glenna: I love your comments and the pictures. Travel is so inspiring. A little suggestion: Rename the photos you upload so that when your readers hover their cursor over the picture they will know the location. I’m sure Flicker will let you do it. Or you can rename the file before uploading. Keep up the blog!!!

  22. Carole Connelly · ·

    I live in England, a walk from the central line tube, if I had known you were coming over I would have taken you to more places, off the tourist trail so to speak. All what you saw was on my doorstep. I am so glad you enjoyed England and the Roman baths in Bath. Pretty amazing history we have here unique in the world. next time you come over let me know!

  23. Gorgeous. What fun!

  24. I’m so jealous! A trip to London is on my bucket list and I *loved* seeing your photos!

  25. […] wistful when my calendar reminds me that I’m celebrating at home, rather than in England. (Glenna C’s recent jaunt to England, complete with photos, definitely boosted my wistfulness. Just […]

  26. scottygrrl · ·

    Wonderful pics of fabulous London! Glad you had a good time.

  27. Ah…but wait until you see the Lake District, or the Cotswolds, or the Yorkshire Dales, or the Cornish coast. London is only a tiny bit of the story. But a very splendid bit indeed!

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