Hey guys! It's officially holiday season here in England. I love this time of year, getting cozy under blankets, the smell of slow cooked meals, sipping on hot tea, time for rejuvenating and lots of knitting....perfection.
For a while now I've been wanting to try my hand at my first knit cardigan. Since we are living in the countryside, and a lot of the wool shops have closed from the high street, I had to do some research to find one nearby. And what I found was no let down! Simply called The Log Cabin Wool Shop. With a bit of a journey from our village, my husband and I packed ourselves in the car, and headed out to find it.
Side note: I really need to give my husband props for mastering the driving around here (as I've yet to get behind the wheel). With the amount of round-a-bouts (which are never clearly marked...GPS likes to tell you "take the 4th exit in the round-a-bout" we find ourselves counting out loud in unison, as they don't have any signage to tell you which one is which. Really it feels like a constant guessing game....only to find that there are 3 exits in that particular round-a-bout! haha - go figure!), driving a manual on the opposite side, understanding the parking situation on the sides of streets...I feel a post about the driving is a brewing. Haha.
Anyway... back to it: After following our GPS and winding our way back and forth through the countryside, enjoying the occasional glimpse of a sheep bum, an hour later we find it! Located right off the road, you enter what appears to be a private residence. Without any signage to direct us what to do (a reoccurring theme), I knock at the front door of the estate. Turns out, it truly is a private residence. Oops. A really kind gentleman tells us to follow a narrow path which leads back behind the house. To our surprise we find two adorable shops nestled into the wooden barn-like structure. As if you've happened upon a hobbit home, or Ollivander's Wand Shop. Complete with the oh-so-charming, too-short doorway. I enter mouth agape like a small child waiting for her next bite of ice cream. Floor to ceiling wool bursting at the seams! The ladies inside were so friendly and helpful. I left with my arms full of wool, and a great big smile on my face.
The plan was to knit myself a cardigan. Ha-ha...well, that didn't exactly work out. Unfortunately, I didn't gauge the amount of yarn I needed properly. Instead, I decided to downsize and create my first baby cardigan! The wool I purchased: Sulka Mirasol (a blend of Alpaca, Merino Wool & Silk) and it is simply divine! With quite a bit leftover, I plan to make a few more for the shop. I also managed a circle scarf I'm planning to give as a holiday gift.
Oh England, so many things to love about you. So many things still to learn.