Tuesday, 25 March 2008


Today Wonderful Man and I did our weekly trip to the recycling bank, (not very exciting!) This done, we were then free to do a spot of shopping, which has to include a little trip to the local charity shop (much more exciting). Now our local charity shop is tiny. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny! It must only be about 12'x12', but it's absolutely full to the brim. There is one path through the shop and you have to shuffle around it! If you bend over to look at something, you knock something else over with your bottom. It's that full, that you can't possibly see everything, so although the stock doesn't change a lot, a bit of poking around always reveals some treasure you've not seen before. Today's treasure was a set of encyclopedias for my WM and this very chintzy fabric for me. I just fell in love with the colours. I can see a couple of summery bags being made from this.
Then it was back to the car and a visit to the Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop. I love this shop, it out in the middle of nowhere, attached to the farm where the Wensleydale sheep are kept, and it's lovely inside. I want to buy everything!

The wool has a fantastic lustre to it, and it's so soft. I controlled my spending, as Wonderful Man and Lovely Children will want to eat next week! I bought a ball of 4 ply wool, as I fancy crocheting this and then felting it in the washing machine.

Also to use when I'm hand felting, these beautiful dyed wool tops, they are so silky and long,

and this is why... they come from this curly fellow

I must share this charity buy with you too.

It's a beautiful table cloth, embroidered with a panel of flowers down the centre. There a flowers for each season.


Now this cloth doesn't fit my table, and I don't really want to hide it away in a cupboard, only occasionally taking it out to stroke it and ooh! and aah! at it. So I have an idea brewing that I might make it into a roman blind for my kitchen door. This way it will constantly be on display. I'll be able to enjoy those embroidered blooms every evening when I lower the blind.
(Well, that's the plan anyway!)


Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Oh my that sheep is so fab!!!
As for that shop I have wanted to go there everytime I visit Yorkshire, sadly I have not yet made it.
Love the linnen

Sal said...

I love the embroidery! Great pics