A few weeks ago, Halloween to be precise, I was away for the weekend with my scrapbooking friends. We went into a little shop in Derry/Londonderry (don't ask) and I bought some fabric for my bubbles and then a ball of aran wool. My friend bought a ball of wool too and we decided to have a knit in. Have I told you this before? It seems familiar. Apologies if I have. Maybe I just wrote it in my head. I'll save the wool for another blog, post. This very day I have finished the gloves and the hat I eventually knitted.
The other day I nipped into a not so local fabric shop. Now, I must admit I tend not to use this shop except in emergencies, you know these fabric emergencies. I always felt their stock was a little stale, but wow. They have updated the stock. This could be due to the influence of one of the tutors who is a local blogger and modern quilter. In any case, it set me thinking and this is what I bought. Again a usual variety for my bubble blocks.
I don't buy fabric for the big projects locally, they don't have the depth of modern fabric, or for that matter wool, that I want. I tend to buy this either in USA on holiday, namely in Purl Soho, or order online either from Fluffy Sheep Quilting in Galway or The Village Haberdashery in London.
But .... if I don't buy locally then these shops will not survive, will close and I wont have any localish shops to go to when I need a couple of fat quarters for stash.
But ...... if they don't have what I want ..........
It is a conundrum isn't it?
I went into downtown Belfast yesterday and tried to buy some Aran wool and a pattern for hat and gloves to send to my son's girlfriend in USA for Christmas. They had damn all if you excuse my French. Not even the basis of knitting, Aran has become fashionable again but seemingly these city centre shops preferred to sell cheap acrylic for hairy, itch scarves.
There is a great wee wool shop in the city suburbs, strangely near the quilt shop and I suppose I will be heading there tomorrow. I might even call into the quilt shop to see what's new. Or as we say here, to see what the craic is.
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