The predictable kind of souvenirs (if you’re a knitter)!

Well you didn’t think I’d come back from my holiday in Slovenia without something knitting related did you? πŸ˜‰

As Sarah from woodlandknitter said: ‘What, no yarn?’

She knows me too well!

In fact, on our journey from the airport to the hotel we spotted a yarn shop which was still open even though it was late on a Saturday evening – cue many jokes about desperate knitters nipping out to get their late night fix of yarn! To non – knitters this might seem funny, but personally I don’t think it takes much of a leap in imagination for this to be plausible. I mean, how often have you thought at about 11pm at night ‘Oh, I’ve just had the best idea of what to knit with this yarn!’ or ‘Wow, this pattern on Ravelry is amazing! I wonder if I’ve got anything in my stash for that? and before you know it, it’s midnight and you’re buried under a pile of yarn. Β 

Or is that just me?Β  *blushes*

Obviously I could not leave this little gem unexplored, so a few days later I went to investigate. Despite being tiny and also stocking sewing, embroidery and dressmaking supplies there was a surprisingly large selection of yarns, thanks to a quite ingenious three layered set of shelves full of yarn, where you could slide the front and middle layers away (rather like a yarn filled sliding door) to reveal yet more yarn in the layer behind (I want one πŸ˜‰ ).

I did try my best to resist temptation, but there’s only so long a girl can withstand the intense gravitational pull of nice yarn (this is obviously an under researched scientific phenomenon) and eventually I gave in to it (but I was quite restrained – yes really).

I restricted myself to just three balls (told you I was good ;)), two balls of this lovely soft merino 4ply:

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….. and one ball of this interesting lace weight which shades from pink through to blue and emerald green:

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You have to look downΒ the middle of the ball to see all the colours properly (a good tip if you’re choosing self striping yarns and want to know how the colours will turn out but can’t look at the yarn knitted up) but aren’t they pretty?

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I can’t wait to choose a project to use these on that will remind me of my trip πŸ™‚ every time I wear it.

Do you like to bring yarn back from holiday? Have you ever found a lovely yarn shop in an unexpected place?

Lottie x

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17 thoughts on “The predictable kind of souvenirs (if you’re a knitter)!

  1. I’m trying to start buying a ball of yarn instead of a postcard whenever I go away – a memento of the trip that will remind me of it every time I wear / see whatever I make from it! Those colours are really lovely, especially the emerald in the centre of that lace weight!

    • The emerald is my favourite too 😊 yarn is such a nice reminder of a visit! You get to remember your trip when you knit it and when you wear it too. What yarn have you collected on your travels so far? Have you knitted it yet?

      Lottie x

      • So far I have some Scottish tweed yarn from a trip to Edinburgh, and some very local yarn from Wensleydale in North Yorkshire. Both are sitting in my stash, waiting until I find the right patterns…! I’m looking forward to making things I can wear and remember my holidays though! πŸ™‚

    • Well, with the two balls of 4ply merino I think I might make some mittens (maybe flip top ones??) and the one ball of lace I might double strand with some Rowan Kidsilk Haze in one of the colours from the yarn (to save my sanity and so I actually finish it) and make a shawlette. There’s 400 metres in one ball, so that should be plenty 😊

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