Friday, December 28, 2012

Glasgow Meet-Up

I had a FABULOUS day yesterday!  I met up with Kerry who blogs over at Kestrel Finds and Makes and the lovely Kathryn who blogs at Yes I Like That.  We met up in Glasgow for a bit of fabric shopping and lots of chatting!  I look forward to many more meet-ups like this--I had so much fun!!

We stopped in Mandors Glasgow and stumbled upon something rather unusual:

Ritual jersey?  Can something please explain this to me?  I'm hoping it doesn't involve sewists chanting....

The Glasgow Queen Street train station is right next to the Christmas Market!!  One of my favourite things to do during the festive season!  Check out this bedazzled storefront complete with giant peacock on the top:

Can I just say that Scots are crazy?  Only here would they bring out all the carnival DECEMBER.  It's freezing and raining nearly every day and there's a queue to ride the swings (below) and the ferris wheel!  In fact, it was only last year that David and I got stuck on the ferris wheel!  We had been having 100 mph winds that year in December...they seemed to die down and so we ventured out to the Christmas market.  I'm not a big rides person but the ferris wheel seemed tame enough.  OH MY GOODNESS...I've never been so happy to get off a ride in my life.  We were at the top and all of a sudden all the electricity goes out and we are not so gently swaying in the wind.  Eeep.  Poor David, I think I might have clawed his arm off.  They left us up there for what seems like eternity.  Finally, they started hand cranking us down.  Slowly, slowly...we reach the bottom.   But it was too good to be true. They had to balance the ferris wheel and so they were letting every other car out. And of course, we were in a car that got to be hand cranked around again!  Aaahhhh!  Let's just say that kissing the ground is not something I would normally associate with getting off a ferris wheel!

David thinks we should get back on the horse and go on the ferris wheel again this year.... I think I'd rather stick with the ice skating!  I'm slightly scared to ask if any of you have had any freaky carnival ride experiences....


  1. That Ferris wheel thing sounds scary!

    I've seen Ritual Jersey in a few shops and it's always been labelled John Kaldor so I'd assumed it was a brand name for one of the John Kaldor fabric lines. Always seems very pricey for what it is...maybe I'm missing it's magic powers!

  2. Your ferris wheel experience sounds terrifying.  I never got stuck on a ride, but I did get stuck on a ski lift once, and that was awful.  I wasn't even was at a summertime film festival and that was the way to get to the festival picnic, which was on top of a mountain...there wasn't even any snow to buffer the fall if we were to crash to the ground! 

  3. Oh my goodness, that sounds so scary!  Glad you had fun in Glasgow :-)

  4. We have a fair come round every October, the year I was 9 my mum suggested me and my older brother go on 'the american big wheel' which was basically a ferris wheel where the carriages where all on pivots so they could spin upside down. Me and my brother stupidly agreed to go on, que our carriage being stuck at the top of the wheel, upside down and my parents finding out all of the swear words me and my brother knew between us.

  5. I can't stand rides, even when nothing goes wrong. Last time I went on a ferris wheel I was maybe 8 - nearly 40 years ago. I like the feel of terra firma! :) How lovely to have a meet up in the break. I wish I was not so far, far away!

  6. Debi_myhappysewingplaceDecember 29, 2012 12:41 AM

    ack! that's crazy that they could spin upside down!! Very funny story and glad you survived!!!

  7. Debi_myhappysewingplaceDecember 29, 2012 12:41 AM

    I hate ski lifts too!!!  That's a freaky story!!

  8. Debi_myhappysewingplaceDecember 29, 2012 12:42 AM

     Yeah, I think I am of the same mind--terra firma is good!  Wish you weren't so far away either!!!

  9. Debi_myhappysewingplaceDecember 29, 2012 12:42 AM

    Thanks Rachel!  We should plan a get together sometime soon! xoxoxo

  10. Eek! I would have freaked out to be stuck on the ferris wheel, sounds terrible!

    So lovely to see you again yeaterday, looking forward to seeing your makes with your fabric - and your suit :)

  11. What a fun meetup!  And the Christmas market looks so festive!  I'm very against all kinds of carnival rides-- don't have the stomach/courage for them!

  12. It's nice to know the Scots are nuts, makes me feel better about the Welsh ;) On the plus side, your meet-up looked fun. Let us know if you find out the meaning of ritual jersey please, that's going to bug me no end now!

    I once nearly fell out of a ride when I was a kid because I was so skinny I could fit between the bar and the gap where it closed by the door (well, hole) into the cart. It was a spinny, turny thing that also went up and down, bloody terrifying and I've never been on a ride since!

  13. My guess would be that it is something designed for dancewear type garments, which I have seen used in the past for "liturgical dance" (I've heard of it in various Christian churches and even some Catholic churches). Depending on the concentration of denominations, etc in the area three might be some specific demand for "liturgical dancewear". Who knows. That would be my best guess at least. On another note, this looks like a fun day. Those swings are one of my favorite rides!

  14. haha, alaskans also enjoy carnival-ing in the freezing cold. one year I somehow agreed to take my nephew on some kind of ride where you lie down and are flung around like you're flying -- we both had ice cream headaches for so long after that!! brrrr. another funny memory of that is I also agreed to get him cotton candy and since it was too cold to eat with bare hands, it got all over his mittens and he was licking all over them. mind you this was before iditarod towards the end of winter so i'm sure his little boy mittens were already pretty gross by then :)


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