Saturday, 1 March 2014

Gorgeous Gloves & Visit To The Crafty Patch, Bourne

The knitters and dyers among you will surely appreciate the latest addition to my wardrobe:




The wool came as part of my Spring Sewing Swap parcel (thank you again Mrs SDSC!). 

(This photograph shows the colour of the wool more accurately.)

loved this beautiful hand-dyed wool as soon as I saw it. The soft colours are just perfect for my wardrobe. There was just one big drawback - I can't knit! Believe me, I have tried on many occasions and with several different patient teachers (one dear friend even tried to teach me twice!). It seems my brain can't compute knitting, unless holes and wiggles are your thing.

Anyway. En route to one of my daughter's rehearsal venues I pass through a small town called Bourne (in Lincolnshire), and spotted this:


A sign (visible from the road!) states "Knitting Service Available"!

I'm sure you can figure out the rest!


The shop is owned by Magi (pictured above), trust me she and her assistant Annette have got it covered if you want to talk knitting.

They helped me choose a pattern, and Magi knitted my gloves for a very reasonable price and very speedily, too. Non-knitters rejoice - I can not recommend this service enough!!

Of course while in the shop I had to take a look around. It's one of those places that is a real 'hidden gem', small from the outside but packed with crafty goodness on the inside. You can find everything knitting and crochet, along with cross stitch, tapestry, embroidery, habby such as buttons and ribbons, Christmas kits and general crafts including beads, paints and card making supplies. Phew!

I'm partial to a bit of cross stitch and was especially taken with these kits!



I might have to go back and get one!

So, if you are ever visiting in the Lincolnshire area be sure pay The Crafty Patch in Bourne a visit and pop in to say hello to Magi or Annette and browse their super establishment. If you're into crafts and sewing you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy. You can find more information here.

This post is my way of saying a big thank you for my lovely gloves. Even though I paid Magi to knit them, to me any kind of hand knitting is a form of love :) They are so much nicer than anything I could buy in the shops!

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

Philippa x

15 comments:

  1. That's the only kind of knitting I'm capable of, too, Gloria! :) They look great. I bought some pretty hand dyed yarn from a visiting artist at my school one time thinking I'd try to knit sometime. I ended up giving it away.

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    1. Why did I just write Gloria!? I'm sorry, brain fart. I meant Phillipa, of course! Still sleepy this morning ;)

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    2. Haha my tailors dummy is called Gloria - she can't knit either! You made me laugh - I've never heard the expression 'brain fart' before. It makes me smile every time I think of it! I am so frustrated I can't knit actually. I'd love to be one of those multi-talented people who can make every single thing they wear.

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  2. What a glorious service! My 'knitters', dear mum & grandma, have politely declined to knit anything other than scarves and baby clothes and I'd love to have a service like this in OZ. I could relearn, but… sewing is much more 'me' ;)

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    1. My Mum knits too and doesn't like sewing so much. I thought everyone fell into one camp or another until I started reading blogs and realised some lucky souls can do it all! The thing with my Mum is that she knits only at her own pace which is fair enough, but can mean waiting two years for a scarf ;) This wool was too beautiful to wait!

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  3. Wow - they are fabulous! It is lovely to see the yarn knitted up :)

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    1. They really are and they are so soft and light too that I know they will get a lot of wear. I pretty much wear gloves 3 seasons out of 4 as I have a bit of a problem with the blood draining away from the ends of my fingers (where the nails go blue), so these will get a lot of use. There is quite a bit of wool left over, but because I don't knit I don't know whether it's enough for a pair of socks (for example), or something else. If you can advise, please do! Thank you once again. To send something so lovely to a stranger really was an act of kindness x

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  4. Those are such pretty gloves! (I don't knit either -too painful for the hands) I think it's great you were able to find a service to make them for you!

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  5. What a fantastic idea! I feel like sewing already takes up quite a bit of my brain and time and don't plan to start knitting, but I love how hand-knitted pieces look. I've long dreamt that a friend or relative would love knitting as much as I love sewing and we could swap services, but this is a great idea.

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    1. I've had that dream too...but this is the next best thing, I think!

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  6. Sounds like a lovely shop! I'd love to find somewhere that does a knitting service. I'm learning to knit but I'm so slow, and there are a couple of gorgeous cardigans that I'd love to own! :D

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    1. You just have... this shop! :)

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    2. Seriously if you are nearby, you ought to give it a go...but it's fantastic that you are learning to knit. Maybe you will be bitten by the bug and be able to make that gorgeous cardigan you've seen yourself:)

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  7. haha I went to school in Bourne, how funny!

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  8. Oh my word, I would have stopped dead in my tracks had I seen the words "knitting service available". That's something, assuming it wasn't too extremely costly, that I would love to avail of, not being a knitter myself.


    ♥ Jessica

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