My work trip to Glasgow brought social stress... but it also gave me the chance to visit two lovely shops: Yarn Cake and Mandors!
Yarn Cake is very near Glasgow Botanic Gardens - a great place to sit and knit if you have the time. (And one of the few places in the city with open public toilets - don't get me started on that topic!)
The yarn selection is small, but perfectly formed: a bookcase full of Drops, a smattering of Schoppel Wolle and Trekking... but the real attraction for me was a carefully-curated range of Scottish yarns: Shilasdair from the Isle of Skye, New Lanark from... New Lanark, Yarn Yard from Edinburgh-ish, and a few skeins of Curious Cat sock wool.
After coffee and a slice of fantastic German apple cake (with a streusel topping) I browsed the shelves: there was a small but intriguing selection of knitting books too - ooh! I was sorely tempted by the plant-dyed Shilasdair Luxury DK. If I had done my homework before I arrived, I would probably have bought three skeins in Tansy to knit a golden cardigan for myself. And two in Logwood or Cochineal to knit the Naomi scarf, about which I have a new obsession ; ) ...but my brain left me, and I selected just one skein in Fleece Cloud, the undyed version - perfect for a baby garment! It is very very very lovely!
My other yarn purchase was a pair of Zauberballs. For a long time I have been planning a colourwork project using these, and I decided to make the investment: this should be enough for two pairs of socks.
As my conference was located outside the city centre, I had to head back in to Glasgow Queen Street to catch a local train. Although I was by now running out of time, I took a diversion via Cowcaddens underground station to visit Mandors fabric shop on Renfrew Street. It was much much bigger than I had ever imagined: a shop that sells nothing but fabric and haberdashery!? I had forgotten such things existed! I did a quick recce, storing up inspiration but avoiding temptation, and decided to return to shop on my way home on Friday.
The moment my last lecture ended, I was hot-footing my way back across Glasgow. I had an hour before my train left for the north and I was determined to use it wisely! My priority was to find some teal wool for a Ginger skirt to wear with my Betty Jean cardigan this winter. There were two shades available, and I chose the brighter. It was £18.99 a metre, so by no means cheap, but I found some toning dotty lining in the sale section for just 99p!
I spent an awfully long time fondling some purple and lime herringbone wool coat fabric. I was so tempted to buy enough to make up my Betsey Johnson 70's coat pattern... but it would have been an expensive risk. I need to try it out in a cheap fabric first as it takes 4 metres!
Instead, I chose some aubergine wool with a touch of lycra, to make another pair of Audrey-esque trousers for the colder weather. My black pair is wonderfully comfortable and still looked smart even after I curled up to knit on the train home : )
I did not buy: grey dobby dot cotton, red corduroy broderie anglaise (ooh!), grey wool with 3D flowers all over it, amazing laser-cut cream cotton, black and red rose-figured felted wool, super-drapey aubergine and fuschia floral cotton crepe... you get the picture! Too much fabric, too little time, and too tight a budget to just go crazy and buy everything!
I made it to the station with a very few minutes to spare - phew!
And when I got home... my last Sock Hop Club package was waiting for me - woo hoo!
It is insanely bright but I love it!
Now if you will excuse me... I have some stitching to do ; )