First on my list was Owl About yarn, it was lovely to see Zoe, from the Pins and Needles podcast, wearing her posh dress that she showed in the making.
I bought these lovelies as planned, stitch markers and had a good look at the yarn. It was all very tasty but I wanted to have a good look round before deciding what to buy.
My next port of call was Rosies Moments, I have bought yarn from her a couple of times and found two beautiful skeins of silky soft 4ply yarn there, and a little tin of plain round stitch markers.
The shine is the tin of markers, it would not photograph at all.
Then, after a good wander round I spotted these, on Moonlight Yarns stall. The multicoloured yarn had been knitted up into a shawl pattern and it literally stopped me in my tracks. It is called
Spatterdashette and is a paid for pattern on Ravelry, it is safely in my library now. It is a 2 skein pattern and I am going to knit the body of the shawl in the pale blue and the boarder in the patterned yarn but make it at least twice as deep.
More walking and looking, touching and maybe some drooling and I ended up here, Weavers Loft.
These are destined to be a shawl, the pattern is as yet undecided.
My companion and I were having a good look at all the yarns and she spotted these sock starter packs. well seeing her find just what she wanted made me get a bit closer and the lovely ladies made a mix of just the colours that I loved. I am not sure if they will be stripey socks or stripes in a garment, at 25 gs each there is plenty to play with.
We decided that it was time for lunch and started to wind our way through the halls, of course there were a few stops along the way. Then we spotted Blackbird Yarns, a long stall piled high with Drops yarns.
I bought 200 grams of each of these colours. (After lunch we made our way back and I cleared the stall of the rest in both colours.)
200 grams of this pale yellow, almost Primrose, went into my bag, another shawl pattern.
100 grams of this for socks for the SO. He does like bright colours.
This little lot is also for a shawl, The Arabian Nights, a free pattern from Drops, I saw it as a kit on another stall but it was £16, these 4 cost me £8:40. Bargain.
I did not spend all my cash, I could have spent 5 times and more quite easily but taking into consideration the stash I probably bought twice as much as I should have.
But it is only yarn, it won't make me fat or drunk. It will give me loads of pleasure when I turn it into lovely things, many of which are destined to be gifts, and subsequently give pleasure to the recipients.
I know that I do not need to justify my actions but I like to make my plans clear. I hear too many podcasters saying how naughty they have been when showing all their purchases. I don't feel naughty just a bit greedy. I have no intentions of putting myself through the wringer, if I couldn't afford it I wouldn't have bought it. Simples.
On a different note I have a rotten sore throat and the start of a head cold, Boo Hiss.
On a better note Rufus is having a sleep over, he has started early and is snoring his head off on the sofa right now, as his owner left for Cardiff at lunch time and will not be back until 12:00ish.
On a slightly shocking note we walked both the dogs this afternoon and out of a sunny, blue sky it rained and then snowed. The minute we got back I scooped the washing off the line and not a moment too soon as we had a ferocious hail storm, I half wondered if the windows would break.
Now I am going to drink my tea before it goes cold and settle down with my knitting.
I have earned a sit down, as well as 2 loads of washing done, dried and put away I made bread and a batch of marmalade today.