As a much appreciated long weekend – thank you Sir John Lubbock and your Bank Holidays Act of 1871 – stretches before me it is lovely to feel free as a bird … for the next three days at least. I have earmarked this time to get on with some crafting. But first the delightful task of getting in some supplies.
Sadly the last dedicated wool shop in Kendal has closed so I was up early yesterday morning for a trip to Ulverston on the Furness Peninsula.
Ulverston could never be dull when you are greeted by these fellows.
And who is this little chap chewing on Oliver Hardy’s trouser-leg?
Ulverston has thrived not only because of it’s connection to Stan Laurel and its wonderful people but also because of its plethora (thanks V for reminding about that word) of Indies. It is home to a cornucopia of small ‘one off’ shops. All picturesquely jolly and in keeping with this quirky festival town. They have fab names like Tantrum – a baby and toddler shop – and Squirrel, an emporium of many delights situated in an old pub. As you can see the Ulverstonians invest in making things fun and welcoming.
And who can resist this logo:
I certainly didn’t manage to!
But before I could concentrate on shopping for supplies I needed a pit stop for breakfast. Ulverston has many fabulous eateries and is a vegetarians’ haven. I made straight for one of my favourite spots, Gillam’s.
Tofu BLT …. magic. Energised by calories and tea I am off to one of Ulverston’s lovely wool shops. I embarked on my journey … all the way across the road to Loopy… exhausting.
Having regained my breath from my huge exertions I had a very happy time browsing. Back and forth around the displays of wonderful yarns I went (good grief this is sounding positively aerobic!) until I found the perfect yarn and even more importantly the right number of balls. Joy unbounded. But that is a big project for a later reveal. This weekend is about making samples for a local co-operative. So time to smell the roses and get my bus home.
OK not roses exactly – rather worryingly poppies! – but you get my drift.
Now it’s Sunday and I have sorted out what I need let’s have a look in the craft house …
Time to get cracking. First let’s finish off an easy job (or two). A wee bit of ribbon and hey presto!
One sample pair and one pair a gift for a new mother. Smiley face.
Now for those colourful tops of Merino wool. Needle felting calls.
Fingers protected by pastry cutters I can choose the colours I want and obtain a degree of uniformity to create a mini- Roundel of blooms.
That is two samples ready to present to the cooperative’s committee. Next to the yarns …. sorry teatime calls and I have some food to rustle up so those next makings will have to wait…. I will keep you (literally) posted. After all I still have day left of my long weekend!
Until next we meet,
I love Ulverston working there as made me fall in love with it. Saw you yesterday morning hope your well. Xx
Hi Holly – you should have flagged me down as I am blind as a bat! Ulverston is such a great town hoping to join its Guild of Weavers soon. I am well. Not long to your special birthday! Think you are seeing No 1 then. Mx
Love that logo too – one to live by, definitely! Those sweet little booties will put a smile on a new mother’s face, I’m certain. Love the felted flowers, too.
Hi – thank you. One pair of booties is going to a new grandmother in the next few days. She’s hopefully bringing in a new baby to meet us. Can’t wait to see them both. Felted flowers are very satisfying to make. Mx