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Friday, February 25, 2011

The antidote

Having stropped around a bit more yesterday, I woke up this morning determined to forget about the whole Morris & Co debacle. And what better way to do so than with a coffee and a yarn.

What a fab place!

It's bright and airy and has friendly staff who will serve you tea while they help you get around the tricky heel of a sock (not me you understand, but a rather lovely man who tutted a lot to himself before eventually asking the experts).

They even have one of these...

... like Annie and Laura have at Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows, which I am coming to see as the mark of a pukka wool shop.

The man with the wayward sock and I sat at the same table, and there, invitingly, was this:

Exactly like at Grandma's but without the intimidatingly cool waiters. So, after I'd sipped my tea for a bit, I did just that. Actually, I knit four rows quick smart before I knew what was happening. LOOK!

Apart from the random blue bit that was part of the yarn, not bad for the first time in 25 years. (Just to clarify, mine are the knit and purl rows at the top. I could be wrong, but I think the person before me wandered in after a session at Grandma's and fancied a go...) To celebrate, I resisted the urge to buy (yet more) yarn but instead got myself some knitting needles... pink with white dots on that remind me somehow of fairy tale toadstools. I had it in mind to knit a tea cozy (well they had some in the shop...). But then I found this...

...hidden away in this basket... a junk shop down the road. I know, it's cheating a bit, but I think the pink and white stripes are rather lovely.



  1. I just read about your fandangle with Morris and Co. What a stupid policy about not being able to return a book - what if you had received two copies as a gift, etc? Do they not think of these things and as for store credit - well, their policy on that's OK I guess if you are going to return to the store if you live in the area but you thought they would have been a bit more sympathetic to a holidaymaker. Nowt as queer as folk as they say! :)

  2. Oh, I forgot to say that the granny blankie on that red sofa is the bees knees - really liking that!

  3. What a fabulous place!!!! I sooooo want to visit there! Seems very friendly. Glad the hassle of the other day is receding...xx


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