First, though, I would like to apologise for not posting my WIPW yesterday. There are two reasons for this.
1) I got taken to A&E yesterday because I suddenly experienced excruciating and totally debilitating stomach pain as I was getting ready to go to work. Had some tests and analysis and am on antibiotics – I also have some follow-up doctors appointments. I’m OK, nothing life-threatening, and although I’m still in a fair amount of pain, I am at least able to walk today. Hurrah.
2) I lost the magazine with the pattern in it, and until I get a new one, I will hold off on showing off the WIP. I can’t work on it until I get the pattern again.
So, without further ado.
JS and I went to St Ives on Saturday last week, and I typed “yarn shop St Ives” into Google, not expecting anything to come up. I was extremely excited to find the House of Bartlett. I walked in and it was a huuuuge emporium of shiny, shiny yarn and other bits and pieces. I felt like I was in heaven!
Unfortunately, my card went missing while we were travelling to Cornwall and I was money-less. This was good, it certainly cut down on my spending, and it meant I didn’t buy any yarn…so I felt like a kid in a sweetie shop with no pennies for sweets. Ugh!
The range of yarns and colours was great. I would hate to give particular information about what Kay, the proprietor, has available (her website is here and she is on Ravelry here) – the only thing I would say is I was looking for particularly Cornish yarn. I didn’t see any – but I didn’t ask, and I also didn’t have much time so it’s probably just me being blind.
The shop had a lovely selection of Knit Pro needles, which I haven’t seen in a shop before. There were also plenty of pre-knitted items around, showing off the gorgeous yarns.
Kay was busy knitting, and proudly showed off the items she had made for the Ravellenic games when I struck up conversation with her. I loved the Purple Dragonfly Wings shawl she made. It was gorgeous!
The shop just moved to a new premises, and Kay is developing the website to do online sales. She is definitely one to watch.
I would definitely recommend going to the House of Bartlett if you go to St Ives. It was an unexpected jewel in my day, and I did buy some stitch-holders for the WIP that I haven’t written about! This would be a great place to get souvenir yarn from a Cornish holiday, or if you are a local in Cornwall, one of a great selection of fab shops available. Kay’s friendliness and chattiness made it my favourite of the yarn shops I visited.
Has anybody else been? I would be interested to have your thoughts!
I was not asked to write this review. All views are my own.