Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Coldspring Mill

We went on our planned jaunt to Howarth today, and dropped in at Coldspring Mill on the way (or rather, went through Howarth to get to the mill!). Zurg (the GPS doodad) took us what it considered the fastest route, so after the end of the M65 and driving through Colne, you head off over Keighley Moor on what according to the map is an unnamed road. That said it is 2 lanes all the way, it winds through some tiny hamlets and with superb views across the moors, and apart from a bit of adverse camber is very good.

Coldspring Mill itself is outdoor gear and other clothing like Weird Fish upstairs (we love Weird Fish), and downstairs is the Wool Shed (I think that's what it is called). There is a LOT of yarn in there. They have packs and packs of very cheap but nice-looking acrylic (both plain, fancy and novelty yarns), and tons of those 400g balls of aran (some woolmix). They also have some cones from Designer Yarns and other cones that were another spinner (not sure who), various bits of Noro and some other nice bits like Louisa Harding, Jo Sharp, Laines du Nord, and a whole rack of normal-priced Debbie Bliss.

Here's what I ended up with:



Clockwise from bottom left: 2 balls of Noro Silver Thaw, 110g of what I suspect is Noro Kureyon or similar (all of £1.50!), a 100g skein of Noro something-or-other, may be Silk Garden, it certainly has silk in it (£5.50 reduced from £10.99), a cone of 250g 60% angora from Designer Yarns, 2 balls of Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Infusion by Jo Sharp (£1.99 per ball), and 2 balls of pale blue "Uruguay DK", a wool alpaca mix.

You can certainly pick up yarn at great prices here, we will have to keep an ear out for when they next take delivery of the "penny per gram" cones from Designer Yarns, as it isn't that far for us to go. The mill is also in a lovely spot, away from the main road and surrounded by fields, trees and moorland.

We didn't end up staying that long in Haworth, it seems to be half day closing in that area on Tuesdays and the place we were going to eat at was shut by the time we got back to it. We did wander along to the Parsonage where I bought a hardback copy of Jane Eyre, as my poor old paperback version is falling apart as I turn the pages! I hate to see books damaged so a new copy it was. I also picked up another paperback of Wuthering Heights as I suspect many of my classic paperbacks purchased in the 80s, are drying out and are fragile.

We're now plotting where we are going to go on Thursday!

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12 Comments:

At 10:55 pm, July 11, 2006, Blogger Mandy said...

What lovely goodies you got! That Noro is beautiful!! Happy knitting!

 
At 6:49 am, July 12, 2006, Blogger Dipsy Doodle said...

Gosh, the yarn!!!! You certainly did an amazing bargain there, they seem really cheap and yet so gorgeous! I do admire you for not buying more though, I know I wouldn't have been able to resist (and afterwards checking my bank account and getting the horrors!) Looking forward to seeing what you're going to knit with all this beauty!

 
At 9:58 am, July 12, 2006, Blogger Rain said...

Great haul and a bargainous one at that.

It sounds like you're having a fantastic time.

 
At 10:07 am, July 12, 2006, Blogger Seahorse said...

Ooooh! *drools* Great bargains! Wonder if DH would agree to a holiday up that way later this year...

 
At 1:22 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger Lynne said...

You beast finding a wool bargain place like that! I am so jealous! :-)
parcel is on its way at last. Should've left Oz by now.
Love the pics from your break last week - beautiful gardens!

 
At 7:06 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger Kendra said...

Wow lucky you! Cheap yarn and good books - sounds like a perfect day.

 
At 7:37 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger Badger said...

Ooh, pretty stash :)

 
At 10:12 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger Alice said...

Oh, my heart actually skipped a beat at that yarn.

And what a lovely time you had!

 
At 10:30 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger nanatoo said...

Well, I think we're all drying out and are a bit fragile aren't we? ;o)

Luvverly yarn there. Bargains too.

Has nobody mentioned 'Knitting' this month btw? It was that bad wasn't it :D

 
At 11:58 pm, July 12, 2006, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Great bargains. Coldspring Mill is a wonderful place! Sounds like you're having a whale of a time.

 
At 10:04 am, July 13, 2006, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Great Stash-cache. What is it about Tuesdays!! Once had a birthday outing and wanted to tour lots of nurseries (garden type - I wasn't planning a kidnap!)Every one we found was closed!! Look forward to hearing what you get up to on Thursday!!

 
At 10:43 am, July 15, 2006, Blogger acrylik said...

Wow, the more I hear about Coldspring Mill, the more I want to go! What amazing finds there - and bargains too!

 

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