Sunday, May 21, 2006

In which (some of) the Knit Lincs gang go on a visit to YARN!

Funny how much easier it is to get up in the morning when you're going on an outing to a yarn shop instead of to work... Four of us caught the 9.20 train from Lincoln (look, I know that's not that early, but this is me on a Saturday morning, OK?!). Central trains had even provided two carriages instead of the usual one sardine tin, although the two carriages were still a bit grebby.

After changing trains in Nottingham, we had exactly six minutes on a glamourous, sleek, comfy Midland Mainline train to Beeston. Then we trotted along to Yarn, and spent a few minutes just staring through the windows at all the goodies inside.

Inside Joy and Cay soon got stuck into the pattern books, as the lovely Alison and Sarah who run the shop produced tea, coffee and yummy shortbread biscuits for us.

Meanwhile I wandered round in a daze, mesmerized by all the yarn...

It was SO cool, loads of yarn to take in (even more than when I was last there), patterns to look at (this is the only LYS I've been to that has chairs so you can go through the patterns in comfort) and some made-up garments (some of which we tried on!). The yarn I saw was: Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding, GGH, Opal, Patons, Noro, Lana Grossa, Twilleys and some handspun/dyed gorgeous skeins from Miss Bell. Even going to the loo was fun, as you get to walk through the stock room (I managed to resist the urge to throw myself onto the piles of yarn in there!)

Soon (well, after about an hour of drooling) we were running around working out which patterns & yarn to buy (fitting the whole shop onto the train on the way back wasn't really an option):

and made our purchases. I think maybe our fourth person was a little overwhelmed, as she wasn't a knitter...


Look at those grins!
Then we went just down the road to the Flying Goose, an organic veggie cafe, for a very tasty lunch.

And this is what I bought:

A ball of Opal Uni sock yarn to make the Devan cardigan pattern for my nephew. And seven skeins of Noro Blossom (Colourway 13) to make the Eloise cardigan for me from Noro Knits.
I also got a pair of bamboo needles, an Opal sock yarn bag & scarf pattern, some more yarn bobbins and a little badge.

13 comments:

Marie said...

sounds like you had a great trip, and I totally agree that 9.20 on a Saturday is quite unreasonable

scarletprincess said...

I find it easier to get up early at the weekend too! That noro blossom looks really yummy!
Glad you had a nice trip.

Anne said...

Must...not...buy...more...yarn (just be quiet about that Natural Dye Studio stuff, OK?)

Even we think 9:20 is unreasonable on a Saturday - and that's despite the two small resident alarm-clocks!

Sounds like a wonderful trip.

KnitYoga said...

Sounds like you had a great time. The shop looks and sounds fantastic!

Mary Anne said...

oooooh, what a lovely trip you had! The photos are wonderful and the links are great too.

Amelia said...

Oh that sounds like it was a lot of fun! How on earth did you all manage to make your minds up as to what to buy? There's so much choice!

Seahorse said...

Oooh! The shop looks amazing! I wish I could have organised things so I could have joined you! Maybe next time :D

I love that Noro!

Annarella said...

Well done for getting up so early on a Sat morning, but I agree, what better motivation than visiting a yarn shop!

Eloise looks very pretty, it'll be very smart in the yarn you've bought, can't wait to see how it turns out!

xx

m said...

I wish I could have joined you there, but I was out all day just north of Derby.

sue said...

Oh you lucky girl. I wish I had a Saturday trip like that. What a yarn store. I do not think I have ever seen anything like that over here. Like your purchases too.

juliet said...

Good grief woman - you were far too restrained, you must go back immediately

All the Way With Knitting said...

Sounds like they needed a mop to clean up all the drool...can't wait to see the cardigan as I've been toying with buying some "Blossom".

blueadt said...

That sounds fun - I've been thinking of organising a trip to the K&CG Open day for my group - must do it now.