Saturday, June 24, 2006

Stash Enhancement Exercise

When we went to Buxton on holiday recently my own 'agenda' apart from relaxing & chilling out was to explore the LYS's. DH felt the same re relaxing (not the LYS) but didn't mind accompanying me.

On the first day that we went into Buxton I explored a shop that I'd found last year called Sew In. A small shop that revealed Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Noro & more but unfortunately nothing that grabbed me. But I did splash out on two pairs of shoes - it would have been cheaper if I'd bought yarn

When we went to Bakewell last year I found two LYS but as it was a Sunday one was closed. The other stocked Debbie Bliss so I headed straight for it. The city I live in is a total yarn desert apart from Sirdar and a bit of Jaeger & I'd much rather chose the yarn 'in person' than via the internet. But my luck was out this shop had stopped stocking Debbie Bliss The staff told me that the other shop in Bakewell had now moved to Darley Dale which wasn't far away so off we went.

Heirs & Graces is primarily a quilting shop but also well worth a visit by knitters. It was my day off from Stashalong & I eventually came out with this haul:

Baby Cashmerino
200g Lilac Baby Cashmerino

Simple Living
Simple Living

I bought this book for the Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino sock pattern but am not totally convinced re the suitability of this yarn.

Debbie Bliss Book 1
Debbie Bliss Book 1

I bought this book as the yarns used in the patterns are resident in my stash so I thought it would useful.

Lana Grossa Mega Boot Stretch
Lana Grossa Mega Boot Stretch

DH wanted to know, when I returned back to the car, who the socks were for & whinged when I said me so I went back into the shop & bought another ball for him:

Lana Grossa Mega Boot Stretch
Lana Grossa Mega Boot Stretch

True Blue denim
True Blue denim

I bought this yarn for DD as she wants to learn cabling & I thought of Marina from 25 bags to knit but that's on hold as she apparently doesn't like the pattern. It has better yarndage than Rowan Denim & is cheaper but doesn't knit to exactly the same guage. However I thought this would be ok for a bag. They also have other shades of blue some with sparkily lurex but I thought she'd reject these as too girly

I also bought a little bit of material for a special project & need to get over my fear of my ancient sewing machine.


Piglottie said...

Very nice stash enhancement esp DH sock yarn, loving the colours.

castoncastoff said...

great haul, i must remember to check out those shops the next time we're up that way!

RoxyKnits said...

Love the LG Mega Boots. Its the one yarn I haven't come across in the flesh yet! Online the colours just look kinda similar - your pics really show them clearly ;)

blueadt said...


If you contact the shop (link on the above post) they have a printed shade card which I'm sure they'll be happy to send to you if you offer to pay postage & promise to come back to them with an order.

They'll make great walking socks!

Jessica said...

Careful with that true blue denim........ it leaves your hands blue after a bit. So probably not a good idea to knit it if you have somewhere nice to go in the next day or so :)