Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sunshine, knitting and Glen Matlock

Well I'm back from the Isle of Wight Festival, free from sunburn, alcoholic poisoning or trench foot thanks to plenty of suncream, spending the nights at my dad's house and a weather forecast that didn't let us down. This was the view from my knitting spot.

And here is my knitting spot itself. Note the uncool but very cosy travel rug. Note also good progress being made on the second Ribbed Ribbons sock.
We didn't spend all our time at the festival. On Saturday we joined up with other Island knitters to take part in World Wide Knit in Public day in St Thomas's Square in Newport. It was lovely to catch up with people I've met before and to meet new faces. Hello to Sam and her daughter, Rachel, Rachel and Jan.
Over the years I have see this festival grow and grow and have learned to take from it the things I enjoy best, not rush around trying to see and do everything.
For example, these flags make a wonderful colour inspiration.

And it wouldn't be a festival without a good old fashioned spelling error.

Everyone is getting environmental these days - this exhibit on the future of honey bees was well attended and informative.As a creative person it's good to see other people working in whatever medium. I loved this dragon sculpted from sand. He even had smoking nostrils!
Finally, there was music. One of the downsides of a huge festival is that unless you want to get up close and personal with a huge crowd of people, you have to accept that the big name bands will be as ants in the distance with their presence confirmed by big screens. Jen and I found ourselves spending most of our time at the acoustic stage listening to three very good sets by James Walsh, the lead vocalist from Starsailor followed by Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols. It was only when we were singing along to Pretty Vacant that we realised that the last time we did this was thirty years ago when my knitting consisted of monstrous mohair jumpers.
But then Glen's changed a bit too...


LynS said...

There is something so wonderful about doing things you last did many years ago with the person you did it with them. Such a sense of continuity, and of your life stretching backwards and forwards.

LittleBerry said...

I love the sand dragon :o)

Linda said...

You lucky thting being there! It looked great. I like the sand dragon too!

Ice Princess said...

Mint Source and a smoking dragon wow what a time you had! :o)