Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
I’ve just returned from an amazing week in Slovenia. It was so relaxing! That country has everything that I love – beautiful towns, a rich and interesting history, great food, amazing crafts, BEAUTIFUL countryside, mountains, lakes, bikes, walks, meadows, wild flowers…I could go on and on in a way that only people who’ve just come back from holiday can. What’s more the atmosphere was so pleasant. Everyone was really friendly, no one seemed to be in a massive rush and no one was moody.
Coming back to London was a bit of shock to the system be honest – whilst I love this city, I do find the busyness and the crowding grates on me after a while and I just need a break from all the noise and the people.
If you’re feeling city-fatigued I highly suggest a trip to Ljubljana! It is so beautiful. It’s bustling without being hectic, quiet without being boring, and picturesque without being kitsch. I was so happy there. What’s more, there were plenty of opportunities to feed my craft addiction. First up was the awesome Sunday flea market in the old part of the city. They have so much beautiful table linen in Slovenia, especially as lace is such a big thing there. I picked up these two gorgeous embroidered table decorations for 5 euros each!
I then went on to check out the wool shops (naturally). First up was Soven which is also in the old town. This shop is just amazing, full of gorgeous wool, handmade knitting needles and loads of felt! It all comes from local Slovenian farmers and is eco-friendly, so naturally I had to treat myself.
I then went on to Niti Niti which wasn’t too far away. Not only were there gorgeous yarns in there from all over the world, there were also gorgeous clothes designed and made by the owner. I just love to see the different things people are doing with wool and her creations were just gorgeous. I fell in love with a skirt and these lovely lace jumpers but sadly my budget didn’t stretch that far – maybe next time! You can order online here if you fancy one.
Armed with extra wool and knitting needles, we then moved on to Lake Bohinj in the Julian Alps and the scenery was breath taking. Lots of hiking, biking and picture taking (as well as some crochet and knitting opportunities). I felt like I was in The Sound of Music!
But more on that in the next post 😉