Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Knitting for love




Last week I went to Woodbridge.

Woodbridge is a rather charming little town in Suffolk, too far for me to shop there regularly but perfect for a day playing hooky with a friend.

The day was bright and breezy and we started off with coffee & cake in a rather good bookshop.



Then we wandered up the road, gazed in the window of the violin maker's shop for a very long time and ended up at Twist, Woodbridge's very fine yarn shop. Light and airy and stocked with plenty of Rowan, Louisa Harding, D
ebbie Bliss & Sublime amongst others. We made ourselves comfortable on the sofa and browsed long and hard.




Lunch at the Wild Strawberry Cafe, a good long browse through the rather fabulous children's bookshop and back towards the car park whilst gazing through the windows of little cottages and imaging the lives lived within.

But the really good bit of this story is what happened in the yarn shop (isn't it always?)




You see a man came in. Tall and pleasant, he must have felt quite nervous for my friend and I were deep in knitting needle conversation with the proprietor of the shop and we must have seemed a daunting trio. But he bravely asked his question.
"How long do you think it would take for someone who had never knitted before to make something, perhaps something like a scarf, say?"
Well, our advice came swift and fast.
"A scarf you say, not long at all, of course it is possible, U-tube can help, how long do you have? Ah Valentine's of course."
So that darling chap (a left-hander too) was given a lesson, several earfuls of encouragement and sent on his way. And because I know you are wondering....we suggested he use Rowan Cocoon, he picked a lovely cream colour, oh and bamboo needles, of course.

I do so hope she is worth it.

39 Comments:

Blogger Gina said...

What a beautiful story. I hope she treasures it.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:27:00 pm  
Anonymous Laura said...

Lovely story - made me smile!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:42:00 pm  
OpenID martha said...

Well, that just might be the sweetest thing ever!

(Also, I love gazing in the windows of instrument shops)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:43:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodness - made me go quite tearful - woudlnt it be lovely to hear the end of the story!! anne smith

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:57:00 pm  
Blogger Locket Pocket said...

What a lovely story! I hope she appreciates it too. Lucy x

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:03:00 pm  
Blogger Nimblefingerssteadyeyebrows said...

What a sweetheart. He's a keeper for that lucky lady! Oh, and I must make a trip to Woodbridge next time I visit my parents in Suffolk. I had no idea there was a yarn shop there.... Laura x

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:10:00 pm  
Blogger alice c said...

Swoon.

Do you think that he comes in every day? If I get in the car now I can be in Woodbridge for opening time tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:16:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

Oh, the romance of it.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:55:00 pm  
Blogger Gigibird said...

My father taught me to knit when my Granny and mother had given up...let's hope the cream scarf is just the beginning for him.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:00:00 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

"Not long at all"???? You experienced knitters can be so cruel to us beginners...... Let's hope he has an auntie who can help him out.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:21:00 pm  
Blogger Frances said...

This yarn about the yarn shop encounter is absolutely charming. That scarf will be a beauty, no matter whether it's still unfinished by 2/14.

I also really agree with you about the treasures that Liberty prints are in dainty doses. xo

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 1:23:00 am  
Blogger Shelley in SC said...

Would love to be a fly on the wall as the dear man tries to knit for his Valentine!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:26:00 am  
Blogger opportunityknits said...

Enjoyed your post so much! Loved the charming window above the front door of the wild strawberry cafe.
And your knitting story is so sweet too. Loved how he braved the the "daunting trio" :)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 7:43:00 am  
Blogger kristina said...

Oh I'm so envious. I could picture your every step through Woodbridge. And what a perfect guy--swoon!

K x

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:07:00 am  
Blogger JuicyFig said...

What a sweet bloke! I love your photo's
Kath
x

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:57:00 am  
Blogger Cyb√®le said...

A man who can knit and knits a present for his girlfriend is a keeper.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 1:35:00 pm  
Blogger Emma said...

I've heard only good things about the yarn shop, I 'm planning a child-free visit soon. Maybe he will pop back for 'show and tell' whilst I am there ....

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 1:59:00 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

I've recently come to terms with the fact that I cannot knit. I tried to knit a scarf but it made me very cross and I reached for my hook instead. I hope your chap has better luck.

This is my first visit to your blog and I see lots and lots to like and I will most definitely be back.

Sue

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 4:00:00 pm  
Blogger Bee said...

That sounds like my ideal day -- and the charming anecdote about the neophyte knitter is just icing on the cake!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:14:00 pm  
Anonymous lucy said...

Lovely story and you tell stories so well. I would love to read your book..!

Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:24:00 am  
Blogger Jacqui Dodds said...

What a great day out - sounds perfect and glad to see an independent bookshop. Sounds like the man was very pleased with your advice.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 1:13:00 pm  
OpenID skybluepinkish said...

I think a hookey day is as good as a holiday. It seems so much more illicit! I'd love to know how the scarf turned out.
Gillie

Monday, February 14, 2011 1:56:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

That story just made my heart flutter!

Monday, February 14, 2011 9:02:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

What a wonderful day and story.

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