Thank you for all the suggestions for holiday projects. I’ve had a busy few days with not much chance to spend hours browsing Ravelry, so I will go through them all and see what tickles my fancy.
Now, despite intending to avoid yarn buying until after my holidays, I momentarily forgot myself when I found a whole yarn section in Sainsbury’s. Of all the places to sell yarn! It’s Red Heart, too, which I’ve never seen anywhere else in the UK, online or in “real life”. I should have taken a photo of the yarns, but from memory they were all acrylic of various sorts. There was a smooth, silky one, one with sparkles, a standard DK-weight yarn and the one I bought, Soft Baby Steps.
It’s an aran-weight baby yarn, which feels nicely soft and cuddly. It’s going to be another Little Girl’s Shrug for Rose to go over a dress and will take five minutes to knit before we go away. It cost £3.49 for a 100g ball which I suppose is roughly on a level with Sirdar Supersoft Aran, and the other yarns were of a similar price.
Sainsbury’s also had metal straight needles and random widgets like pompom makers, which I didn’t buy. I imagine it’s only the larger stores will be selling yarn, as my proper local one has never had a whisker of anything knitting related – not even a magazine. I think being able to pick up an odd ball of yarn with some cat food is a novelty, but will be interesting to see how long it lasts!