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Review: House of Bartlett, St Ives

I’m going to do a review of a shop I went to in St Ives while on holiday in Cornwall last week.

St Ives harbour
St Ives harbour (photo credit to Roselands Holiday Park)

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.

The Review

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!

A kid in a sweetshop!
A kid in a sweetshop!

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.

The shopping centre the House of Bartlett is in.
The shopping centre the House of Bartlett is in.

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!

Much love,

Corrie xx

I was not asked to write this review. All views are my own.

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Holiday in Cornwall, and some knitting

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(Knitting) Holiday

I’m back from my summer holiday! I had an absolutely wonderful time – ten days of pure relaxed bliss. I won’t give you a full-on run-down of everything that we did, but quite a lot of crafting, and specifically knitting, happened. I also did some scrap-booking, but that’s another story.

Sunset over Cudden Point
Sunset over Cudden Point

We stayed in gorgeous, gorgeous Prussia Cove, in some old coastguards cottages overlooking the English Channel. For much of the time we were just chilling out — getting up very late and going to bed early, and visiting all the places that JS and his family have been going to for two decades.

Spinning

I had fallen asleep in the car one evening on the way back to the cottages, and JS poked me as we stopped and said “Look! Yarn Shop!” I woke up quickly after that. The shop, Cornish Wools, was closed unfortunately, but I poked my head around the door and told the lady in the shop who was cleaning up that I was learning to spin. She got a bit excited and took me to see her Ashford Spinning Wheel. Then, I spotted some rather exciting implements. She agreed to reopen the till and JS bought me one.

Look, a spindle! A spinning spindle! (Copyright Corrie B)
Look, a spindle! A spinning spindle! (Copyright Corrie B)

Knitting

I did a lot of knitting — I will do my first WIPW for a while on Wednesday, and you’ll get to see a rather depressing video that JS took of me frogging. Any knitter will definitely feel my pain! More on this on Wednesday!

Knitting in the sunshine!
Knitting in the sunshine!

Holiday Snaps

Here are a few holiday photos for you. They aren’t fab – JS took a lot of awesome photos, especially of a double rainbow the day we arrived – I will try persuade him that he would like me to publish them for him, but we are both a bit possessive of our photos and he may not want it to be. Watch this space!

A seal in St Ives harbour
A seal in St Ives harbour
Yarn shop in St Ives - sneak preview!
Yarn shop in St Ives – sneak preview!
Posing in Porthleven.
Posing in Porthleven.
Tommy the Dog in his favourite perch on the window-sill.
Tommy the Dog in his favourite perch on the window-sill.
Tommy the Dog thinking we are leaving him behind on our way home.
Tommy the Dog thinking we are leaving him behind on our way home.

I have a lot of other knitting things to tell you — yarn shop reviews, a WIP and some revelations about my knitting habits and aspirations, but they’ll all be done in other blogs as it is now 10:30 PM and I only got home last night at midnight. I’m tired!

I was sad to see that nobody else has entered the Disney Giveaway! I have decided to extend it to the 31st of August, as I have another giveaway for next month (!!!) and it makes more sense to do it that way around. Please, please spread the word, it would be great to get some responses from people as sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a brick-wall!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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