Wow!!! I went to Get Knitted on the outskirts of Bristol today with my mum (another knitter) and it was heaven in the form of a shop. The directions on their website were great, really easy to follow and led me straight to the carpark behind the shop. When I walked in I was astounded by how big it is and how much yarn there is. I should really have figured it out from the list of yarns available on the website for mail order but I’d never been in a yarn shop that wasn’t tiny and cramped with yarn on every available wall/surface. It’s spacious and well laid out with a pink sofa area for their monthly knitting group or for sitting down and having a cup of tea/coffee while you decide which yarn/pattern to buy, and there’s a kids play area stocked with toys and books.
The staff were friendly and extremely helpful, I wanted advice on sock yarn that wouldn’t make me itchy and they had about 3 or 4 choices. I bought a ball of Tofutsies sock yarn by South West Trading Company which is made of Soysilk, Wool, Cotton and Chitin (fiber from shrimp and crab shells. Naturally antibacterial) in shade 726 “One Foot In Front Of The Other” which is pink/purple and a ball of Lana Grossa Cotton Spirit in shade 3006 which is green/blue/turquoise.
For my friends impending babies I bought The Second Little Sublime Hand Knit Book because the patterns are sooooooooo cute and there are more garments that I like in it than any of the Debbie Bliss books. I also bought 4 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto in a bright red for a boy/girl sweater/cardigan – delete as appropriate when the baby is born and I have made up my mind. Then I bought a ball of brown Rialto and cream Rialto so I can use them with a bit of the red to knit a baby hat like a Christmas Pudding. If there’s enough yarn I may knit two.
And just because I could, I bought a pair of 4mm Brittany Birch Hardwood straight needles as my metal ones (borrowed permanently from my mum) aren’t very pointy anymore.
After spending 2 hours in Get Knitted we got back in the car and headed to Bath for lunch and a bit more shopping where I bought some fun Monstarz stickers from Paperchase which are in the top right of the Get Knitted bag above, a magazine and a bag of green threads for embellishing things and a serving spoon for my kitchen! All in all it was a really nice day off and much better than being in the office.
It turns out that I don’t have any 2.25mm or 2.75mm dpns so this is the Tofutsie yarn knitted in the magic cast on toe on 2mm dpns so I could see what it would look like.
Oh and I remembered to buy another ball of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo so I can finish my Tequila Sunrise jumper.