Phew, it’s a busy time at the moment. I managed to get a break on Wednesday evening, and headed out with two of my friends (both knitters, hurray!) to the new season launch at our local yarn store (LYS). Well, it’s actually not that local, as it’s a half-hour train ride away. The promise of discounted yarn however, and the amazing Debbie Bliss guest-speaking, was more than enough to get us on that train!
The LYS in question was baa ram ewe, in Harrogate. I’ve visited the sister shop in Headingley before, but this was my first chance to experience the larger Harrogate store. Wow, was it worth the wait!
There was such an amazing selection of yarn on offer. Many were locally-sourced, including baa ram ewe’s very own yarn ‘Titus’.
Of course, while I was there I had to buy some.
I went with very good intentions. I made a list of the yarns I needed to get started on my Christmas present knitting, because at the rate I knit I’m going to need every one of the 122 days until Christmas to finish everything I’d like to make people for their gifts this year! Needless to say, I went a little off-list. The Titus is intended for a Christmas present – I won’t tell you whose, in case they’re reading this
This beautiful ‘Scrumptious’ 4 ply from Fyberspates …
…is also destined to be made into a Christmas gift. I was particularly pleased with this Bigwigs Angora double knitting yarn, from Yorkshire rabbits no less!
I’ve got the perfect project in mind for this, I think it’s safe to say a certain friend of mine will be very excited come Christmas!
And of course I bought some cute Art Viva needles, made from sustainable Tasmanian oak, as soon as I spotted them. I love knitting with wooden needles, and I think these are some of the nicest, and prettiest! Those aren’t going to be gifts. They’re mine. As is this gorgeous ball of Crazy Zauberball Sock Yarn.
I just loved the colours so much, I can’t wait to knit myself a little pair of winter socks before it gets cold!
So really, I didn’t deviate from my restricted shopping list too much. It could have been far worse, and I was very impressed with my organisation so far ahead of Christmas. This level of preparedness is very unusual. I felt pretty good about my restraint afterwards, so my friends and I all celebrated by going for milkshakes to the wonderfully posh Betty’s tea room.
A very sweet end to a very sweet expedition!