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