Friday, June 07, 2013

Yarny joys


I'm having a few days holiday from work and one of my planned treats was to go and spend some quality time at the new yarn shop here in Oxford - Oxford Yarn Store. It opened at the end of last year and I briefly visited earlier this year but not with enough time to really enjoy the experience. It's our only dedicated yarn shop here in Oxford and it's a goodie! Today I spent most of an hour there in this wee Aladdin's cave having a lovely chat with the owner who even made me a cup of tea. What service! I went in for a few blues and yellows to join in with some leftovers for a sea and sun full Bolt - I was spoilt for choice with some Cascade fingering weight running the final choices close - Artesano Alpaca and Manos Silk Blend. Perfect, and impossible not to start straight away.

During my happy yarn perusal I scooped up a stormy blue mix of the new Rowan sock yarn - after Clara Parkes' review I've been intrigued enough to swing back towards a love phase of my love/hate relationship with Rowan. I thought that was plenty until I was snared by the temptingly positioned chunky lace shawl sample at the till. It was really fun to try the sample on and of course I fell in love with it and had to buy the pattern (Hay Meadow) and yarn, a lovely British wool line from Artesano, I love this yarn company. Hopefully my brain on holiday will be up to just a teeny bit more of a challenge than stripey garter stitch, chunky lace should go quickly at least!

4 comments:

Anita said...

Hi Sarah,
Have fun in that yarn store you lucky duck. I find it hard to ever come out of those nice yarn shops!!! lol. Enjoy.
Cheers, Anita.

Tanya said...

spoilt rotten (said with extreme jealousy)

great shawl pattern - excellent stripes

Rose Red said...

Oh my goodness!! Love the yarn and colour choices for your Bolt, it looks fantastic!

I reaaaallllly want to try that Rowan sock yarn! It's times like this I wish I lived in the UK (well, not just times like this, but I think you know what I mean!). It looks and sounds lush.

DrK said...

oh yes ive been wondering about the rowan sock yarn. i also want some of the fine lace, hard to get here! those colours are gorgeous, yay for good local yarn stores!!

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