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november writing challenge | day 20 | impressions


I’m a day behind so I’m actually talking about today (the 21st), rather than the 20th like I should be.  Oops.  I’ll catch up, promise.  Today I actually went on a trip with textiles to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate, and had a really good day!  I took a good 300 photos or so and picked up a few bits and pieces for my journal.  Most stalls were fine with us snapping away (which was the main purpose of our being there, really), some only if photos went in our journals and nowhere else, and others – rather bluntly – told us that photographs were an absolute no-no.  Each to their own I guess, but we were only students doing research!  Soooo I’ll not risk getting my head bitten off and leave my shots off the blog.  Yesterday I posted about how pretty much anything creative inspires me, and after 5 hours browsing seemingly endless halls of crafty stalls, I left with plenty ideas.  If I could spend the next week on textiles work only, I would!


Today’s (yesterday’s) question: “What impression did you make on others today?”

I spent most of my day today with a girl I’ve never spoken to before; we started talking on the bus journey there and chatted away all day.  I love when you can feel like you get along well with someone quickly and make friends easily!  I’d like to think that’s a nice reflection of my personality, and so the impressions I make on others too.  Does ‘chatty’ count as an impression?

As for impressions on others around me, very snap happy, that’s for sure!  I did ask quite a few of the designers about their work and inspirations, so hopefully I came across as an inquisitive one.  The information is for our books yes, but I’m genuinely interested in what they’re all up to.

It’s been a wifi-free day until this evening, so I haven’t made much by way of online impressions today!  Sometimes I do wonder whether the online impressions we create are similar to those IRL.  I’ve been told the two do match up by people who know me in both, and I don’t really try to hide embarrassing sides of my personality on my blog.  With posting far more often at the moment than usual, I’m just ‘writing how I would speak’ more anyway, so I hope you’re getting an accurate impression of my slightly crazy self!


jeans: Primark (raved about here) | top and bag: New Look | jacket: Dorothy Perkins | cowl: handknit

Clearly this is hardly an outfit post but details anyway. 😛  Felt kinda compelled to wear something handmade given the trip we were on, and I haven’t worn any of my Kentmere cowls in a while.  This is probably the simplest of my designs, but it has a little twist (literally).  I do actually wear my own makes quite often to college, ’cause they’re the best for warmth and it is bloody cold at that bus stop in the morning!  Please excuse the flyaway hair BTW, I hadn’t so much as glanced in a mirror in hours.


Candid shots are my faves!


And I probably made the impression that I’m an absolute idiot by voluntarily eating several extra-super-uber-sour sweets on the trip home, for which I’m now nursing a sore mouth.  The coach journeys are always the best haha, never grow up!

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    22nd November 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Great piece! I think it’s so interesting to think about the impressions we leave on others. I bet it also feels good to know people who know you say you come across the same online 🙂
    Hannah x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      23rd November 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Hannah! It is good to know yes, means I must be doing something right haha! 😀

  • Reply
    22nd November 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Ooo! A Christmas tree back there!

    I hope you had a fun day. It does look like a nice place and it is good to wear one of your own designs to a knitting and stitching show.

    Funny about the photos. Once, at the “One of a kind” show I was taking some photos of my daughter, Iris, who was only about 3. I think we she was trying some garlic sauce and the woman at the booth asked “What are you taking pictures of!!!??” really aggressively. Sauce doesn’t photograph well, and I couldn’t really steal her recipes from a photo could I? Funny though.

    • Reply
      lily kate
      23rd November 2014 at 9:09 pm

      I know! Isn’t it exciting! I’m ready for all the Christmassy stuff now, a few weeks ago it just felt wrong! Harrogate is such a pretty town too.
      It was fun, thank you!
      Oh because of course you’d be photographing the sauce, not your cute daughter!

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