Knitting and London life. Not necessarily in that order.
Tuesday, February 27
Can't get away from it!
Well, a two-day trip to Scotland for work. Who'd have thought it would involve yarn, over and above the sock-knitting opportunity afforded by the flights to and from Edinburgh?
But there's no denying it, a seasoned knitter can never avoid yarn-purchasing opportunities, even if she is making no attempt to seek them out! So there I was, having completed Monday's interview of the Forth Bridge bridgemaster, with a couple of hours of daylight left. Since I had a hire car I decided to drive to Falkirk and check out the Falkirk Wheel. I was just driving through the lovely town of Linlithgow when I slowed for a pedestrian on the crossing. My eyes were inexplicably drawn to the shops on the right hand side of the road... and there it was! Nifty Needles! It was calling me!
It would have been rude not to stop - just for a quick visit, you understand? To show solidarity with the UK's independent yarn stores and support local businesses. Oh boy, I'm so glad I did! I saw some of the Sublime yarns at the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show last year, but by that time I'd seriously overspent and didn't feel I could justify additional purchases. On seeing them again at Nifty Needles I realised that I NEEDED THEM BADLY! Hence a purchase was negotiated. (The Good Me: "no, you don't need any more yarn"; the Bad Me: "HA HA HAaaa.....").
It's not just the yarns, you understand (merino, cashmere, angora, silk etc) it's the colours. You won't find much detail at the Sublime website, but just try the shade cards on the McA Direct page and you will be hooked. So I ended up with two balls of baby cashmere marino silk DK in Pebble, and one in a purple shade that's not illustrated: also two balls of angora merino in Husk. No idea what any of them will become, but I feel inspiration is not far away.