You heard me – coffee and knitting. That is how I spent the better part of the Anzac Day public holiday following a long weekend of miserable rain! So today, I put on my brightest coloured dress despite the weather, and headed out with my friends Mandy and Shamere.
Shamere is teaching me and Mandy how to knit and it is surprisingly awesome. Part therapeutic and part fun to create something from scratch – actually that is the part that excites me the most. Starting with a ball of wool and some needles and making it into something cute with bows on it.
I didn't want to bring it up until I had actually competed something – mostly to avoid ridicule – but now I have finished (sort of) and today Shamere, Mandy, and I went to our local knitting cafe to get in some quality coffee drinking-beanie knitting-girl time. It may sound a little grandma-ish, but I assure you – we are all kinds of fantastic and grandma is so in right now!
The place we went to is called Coffee and a Yarn in Newtown in Sydney. The coffee was pretty good – I had a good strong mocha – and there are lots of cute shelves with different colours and types of yarn, not to mention the vintage knitting patterns that line the walls and reside in a big trunk.
Personally, because of the high ceilings, the counter area looks pretty sparse but I love the different size tables, and some of the vintage patio furniture inside.
It possibly isn't as inviting as I had envisioned a knitting cafe to be, but once we were settled in, I found that there was no pressure on us to leave, which I was pretty impressed with! They are obviously used to people heading in for a quick coffee followed by a few hours of knitting and chatting.
If coffee and girl talk and making pretty things is part of the knitting lifestyle, I think I quite like it!
Shamere may or may not be fixing up my hat…she is literally an expert. And in my defence, the pattern was a little nuts so it wasn't my fault!
Here is my "finished" product:
Hope everyone had a great long weekend!
P.S I'm pretty sure Mandy and Shamere thought I was a little loopy running around taking photos, but I'm pretty sure I'm loved for my quirkiness…