Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Bright Woollen Things


A visit to the haberdashery shop was in order this morning. The only problem being, apart from the  miserable driving sleet and rain, that my vision for craft projects always manages to exceed  both my skills level and available time. But buying such stuff is always fun.

I found myself drawn to some exquisitely soft  merino yarn, especially the moss green shade.


‘I don’t know why I’m looking at this’ I said to the assistant, ‘I can’t even knit’.

‘Oh you don’t knit with it!’ she exclaimed ‘You just put it in a basket, and stroke it occasionally, its all you need to do’.

I’ve obviously been missing a trick.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Bright Woollen Things

  1. A very good sales girl if I say so myself!

  2. Lovely mix of colors and clever answer. It may well be an anti-stress medicine ?:) Personally I would try with the purple and red/pink one.

  3. Ha! What a great answer. I suffer the same problems with my craft visions too!
    I love the green!
    Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  4. Oh my, the blue and the green for me. But then, I already have a Petting Basket. I need to come up with a satisfying craft involving dog hair and scraps of birchbark. I have abundant supplies of both.

  5. “Haberdashery” is my new favorite word. I rarely have use to use it, but I love it! Funny, the same thing applies to us and the yarn. I suppose I could go with the suggested tactic 🙂

  6. That sounds about right to me. My wife used to have an enormous stock of squares (fat quarters) for quilting which she just enjoyed looking at.

  7. Put those in a basket and I bet that the cats will sleep on them given the opportunity! xx

  8. I love that you are attracted to this beautiful yarn without knitting skills. I can see the endless possibilities to stroke yarn.

  9. Ha ha ha! Yes, that woman knows her customers very well. I have balls of wools in my cupboard that I just get out and admire wistfully from time to time. I think I’ll have to wait till I’ve retired before I have time to knit them up – and I’m only talking about scarves here!

  10. A wise sage works at that store. Looking and stroking – great idea.

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