I have always wanted to purchase some UK wool (aka Yarn!). My expectation of the proper yarn shop was a bit lacking. But then I don't know what I really was looking for, I suppose I was looking for something like Colorful Yarns or A Knitted Peace shops in Denver. These are proper wool shops as I have been told my British mother-in-law. So, this is the level that has been set.
I popped down the the Leicester Market to see what the shop was like. Frankly, I was disappointed. It reminded me of the small aisle of yarn at Wal-mart in the states. The acrylic did look quite nice. But, I couldn't see what I could do with it. I wanted selection and the oohhh... touchy-feely experience.
After that bit, I did some more research and such to see where the next one would be on our travels. I found one in Lincoln, but as it was Sunday, it was closed. Sigh... I did buy a faulty memory card that I took pictures on and are lost to the wind. Sigh...
After that, we did some more planning and were going to the Peterborough Cathedral and Cambridge. On the way is a little town called Oundle. Odd name, but they have a wool and needlecraft center. I was slightly more impressed with this place. I did find two megga balls of an acrylic/wool blend (80/20). It was in the Black Watch color (black, blue & green). I purchased these either for a sweater or a blanket.
After this, I decided to give up on my yarn shopping as I really want proper British wool yarn.
I had a bit of down time and decided to check the MWK site to see what has been posted. I noted a few messages from DavidUK who gave me a bit of information for wool shops in London. I am bummed as we aren't really going to make it down there on this trip. However, he did provide a link to a maker of British Yarn. I popped the link up in my browser window and found a bunch of wool that I covet!
I did some more research and found more brands of the wool that I covet. A bit more research, I found worldofwool.com and I ordered some to be shipped to Nick's cousin's house. It should be here Friday! Squee! I am so glad that David wrote me because he set me in a direction that I needed to go. Plus, if I am ever in London, I know of a few places I wish to visit.
I still want to get some yarn from http://www.blackerdesigns.co.uk/ . This was the original site he suggested. It all looks very lovely, but I couldn't get it shipped to me in time for our Sunday departure. But, I am rather excited about these stuff I did buy.