Posts Tagged ‘shopping’


Remember how I wasn’t going to buy any yarn unless it was on a ‘two out, one in’ basis? Well, I’ve been doing very well. Until now. I’ve been using mainly stash yarn (with a few little balls here and there to finish off stash projects) and starting to feel quite virtuous. And then it all went a bit wrong.

I used a heap of yarn making the crochet blocks I posted about a while back, and then decided what I was going to make with them, which meant that just needed some black yarn to complete the project. Off I tootled to my bargain yarn source of choice and sure enough, they had what I needed at a good price. And if it’s to finish a stash project, it doesn’t count, right? But while I was there, I thought, ‘Well, once that’s done, none of my planned stash projects are really mindless/put downable enough for me at the moment, what with the baby’. So I, um, bought yarn to make a Granny Stripe blanket. I’ve been longing to make one of these for ages and I couldn’t resist this lovely bamboo yarn. It comes in the most gorgeous colours, which all have plant names, so I spent half an hour agonising and chose these:

Top row: Cyclamen, Delphinium, Catkin, Primrose. Bottom row: Lavender, Fennel, Hydrangea. It was really hard to choose – there were at least four other shades I loved, but I wanted a balance of colours and a ‘spring’ palette. I wasn’t 100% sure about the yellow, but I thought it needed something to ‘lift’ it, and I think it works quite well, although I’m going to have to use it with care.

And then, while I was there, I also bought six balls of merino 4ply in the most delicious colours. I broke one of my golden rules here, as I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do with it – the state of my stash is largely due to me buying yarn without having a clue what to do with it, but it was a bargain and I need projects I can work on. It was a bit naughty, but as I said to a friend and fellow knitter, yarn is cheaper than therapy. And look, aren’t these lovely?


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Well, by popular demand (you always knew you were popular, Pinky!) here’s a run down on my shopping activities in York.

My word, there’s some lovely shopping in York. I imagine that whatever your interests, you could have a fine (and expensive) old time in the shops of York.

Anyway, my focus was on pretty things for sewing and baking. I bought these rather exciting kitchen things:

I have lots of plans for these beauties. By the way, notice the gorgeous retro tin for the icing bag:

I also got some lovely sewing things. Fabric from Cath Kidston to make summer tops for the Little Girl, ribbon and buttons to go with some other fabric to make a dress for the Little Girl, fat quarters for my first ever patchwork quilt and some random fabric with snowflakes on which I bought on a whim because I thought it was pretty. There’s also some luscious silvery embroidery thread which I am dying to use. The picture doesn’t do it justice – it’s glorious.

The ribbon and buttons, by the way, came from a wonderful shop called Duttons. Duttons for Buttons, it says outside – they’re not kidding.

It’s heaven. They have everything from shirt buttons costing pennies, to huge mother of pearl jobs for a fiver. And they have other sewing things – ribbon, felt, embroidery things. What a fab shop.

And then, when we were in Fenwicks looking at clothes for my friend, I popped by the Guerlain counter to see if they had some Nahema I could sniff. I love Guerlain scent, and usually wear either Mitsouko or Apres L’Ondee. Well, I had one sniff and was infatuated. And over the next hour, my infatuation developed into a deep and abiding love. My goodness, it’s gorgeous. It is the most wonderful rose perfume, but at the same time as being the most perfect rose, it’s so much more than roses. Which makes no sense at all, I expect. Unless you’ve smelled Nahema.

I also had a lovely time in the Early Learning Centre for Christmas presents for the Little Boy. I really like the Early Learning Centre!

So, there we have it – the spoils of a shopping trip to York. Next time I’m going to pack light so I can bring more back.

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