Today, while hunting for 6mm DPNs and circulars, we found a delightful shop! I say “shop” but “Emporium” would really be more appropriate! Aladdin’s Cave in fact! Halfpenny Home is magical, to be totally honest.
Greeted with immense warmth, even though we’d never been there before, we were even offered a coffee/tea, as Nic (the owner) was just making herself one. Oh bliss! I was frozen on this cold, rainy day (yes, I’d forgotten to put on my posh new mitts!) and my fingers were totally numb! Poor Jenny was still in shock, trying to take in the fact that she really was in this magical realm! I must admit, I was equally awed by the hundreds of delectable bamboo needles, and yarns, and buttons, and….. well, you get the idea! Coincidentally, too, Nic heard Jenny call me “Steve” and instantly knew that I was KnitSteve from Ravelry! Nic’s another Ravelry member…
OK, so I didn’t find any of the 6mm needles that I needed, but Jenny did buy me a skein of gorgeous yarn (Colinette‘s Hullabaloo, Shade 146, Popsicle – Aran weight) and a pair of 3.75mm bamboo straight needles. One thing I’m sure off: we will be going back!
As for those bamboo needles? Well, I finally got to try some and I have to say – I love them!! This sweater is growing much faster with those as they are so superior to the metal ones I was using, and the joints of my hands aren’t hurting anywhere near as much!
The 6mm needles are now on order from an eBay seller… The hat will get completed!