This week it was my husband’s birthday. And it was a big one.
After all, he is nearly ten years older than me.
But I did my best.
Age related jokes were hard to avoid however, given his choice of celebratory outing. To museums, full of old stuff.
My husband is mostly interested in the military side of history, which interests me too (although admittedly not with his intensity).
I am however equally excited about those aspects that reflect my crafting passions. And fortunately managed to sneak in a few pictures, which I hope you fellow crocheters will find interesting.
Museum of London
We spent a few hours at the Museum of London. It’s a big, modern building in the city. It has a great variety of artefacts, including these beauties.
This adorable mitten and vest are from the 1500s. Those homespun woollen clothes protected a child from the cold hundreds of years ago. Just as we do with our crochet creations so many generations later.
A little earlier, these shoes from the 1300s are made of leather and beautifully decorated.
I was also fascinated to find out about these cloth seals.
They are lead tags that were attached to batches of cloth after manufacture. They told potential purchasers the brand, size, source and makers.
London was a hub for international textile trade and these amazing relics date from as early as the 1400s.
There was also some beautiful examples of embroidery there.
The early pottery was pretty amazing too, and this was my favorite cabinet.
These incredibly expressive jugs date from the early 1300s.
I would love a reproduction of one of these.
I think it would make a fabulous conversation piece.
There is an awful lot to see at the Museum of London.
If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit.
It’s also free, which is always a bonus!
No Crochet? No Problem!
Today was a highly unusual crochet-free one for me.
I often go on about how much time I spend crocheting in the car, but from where we are it’s easier to get the train into London.
I wasn’t inclined to carry a bag of yarn and hooks around the city, so my hands were free on our travels to waste time taking stupid selfies on the train.
Now the birthday is done and dusted, I will be sneaking back to my crochet room to finish off some great new projects.
I hope to have some fun fresh patterns to share with you guys very soon!
Happy Crocheting! x
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