There is, of course, no point going on holiday without checking out the local yarn shops and returning home with some trophies. Even Lovely Husband knows this, so he put up no resistance to tracking down the nearest yarn shop when we visited Monterey this year. Unfortunately when we found the shop, this was on the door…
It was late on our last day in Monterey, so no chance to visit the suggested yarn shop. But I consoled myself with
a glass of wine the thought there’d be yarn shops when we reached Santa Barbara.
The yarn shop nearest our hotel in Santa Barbara was Loop and Leaf – so named because it not only sells yarn, but tea and ‘teaware’. Now that really is my idea of heaven.
This little piece of heaven didn’t disappoint. Lots of yummy yarns hung all around and there was a lovely buzz about the craft table. The owner, Celeste Varner, was not only welcoming, she even settled Lovely Husband on a settee and kept him chatting, so he didn’t attempt to run off or drag me out too quickly.
However, despite such promising circumstances, a very odd thing happened. I bought a couple of notions I needed…
And a copy of Vogue Knitting…
I also made Celeste laugh by buying a copy of Pom Pom Quarterly – yeah I know you’re laughing too, but have you tried buying a copy in sleepy Devon? It’s 94.1 miles from my house to the nearest stockist.
However, although there were lots of wonderful yarns, I failed to buy a single skein. This really wasn’t like me.
Still troubled by this lack of purchasing when I got home, I put on my deerstalker and studied the facts of the case…
At this point I wish I had a real deerstalker to photograph myself in, but I haven’t. So you’ll just have to put up with the metaphorical one and settle for a pic of me in a witch’s hat – well, it is nearly Halloween.
Back to the facts…
Fact 1: The temperature in Santa Barbara was mid to high 20s and definitely not ‘sweater weather’ – but I’ve never let that put me off yarn buying before.
Fact 2: I didn’t have any specific projects in mind – like that would make a difference!
Fact 3: October 5th – 11th was British Wool Week. My visit was on October 6th.
Immediately I thought about Fact 3, my incredible detective powers recognised what had happened. Ever since I decided to explore yarn production back in May, I’ve become more and more passionate about British Wool. What I really want to knit next (when I get my current projects finished) is something cosy – and most likely cabled – out of British yarn. So what I really wanted to buy was some good old British yarn.
I know a lot of you work on stash busting and buying only what you really want or need. So all in all, I guess I’ve got you, my lovely fellow bloggers, to thank for this more responsible attitude rubbing off on me.
Thank you 🙂