For the first time ever, I went to Hobbycraft (finally) and was disappointed. While I was waiting outside for the doors to open I saw that yarn was three balls for the price of two. Goody, thought I, excellent. But when I got in and up to the yarn shelves they had a very limited stock and - wait for it - only one ball of the red I needed and none - NONE - of the green. I was so disappointed. I got the one ball of red anyway and some more red and green from a different name in hopes (and it was cheap) but when I got it home, inevitably it didn't match. Close but not close enough. Darn it, thought I, what to do now? I wasn't about to give up on the Christmas throw, no way!
After some thought including a mental whinge about the lack of knitting shops in Chelmsford (apart from Hobbycraft, of course), I got onto Google and found a site that had the yarn I wanted and loads more. A veritable treasure chest it was, I could have gone totally bananas but you will be glad to know that I was very restrained, and just got what I needed. The dye lot will be different, of course, but that shouldn't matter as I'm doing squares.
So what did I buy in Hobbycraft? Well, I got the substitute wool, as already stated, plus the ball of red they did have and some more white (although I don't think I'm going to need that, but just in case) and I continued to restock my crochet hook stock too. I have (or had) a box of crochet hooks somewhere but when I looked for them recently I couldn't find them anywhere. I searched all over but no luck. Of course, as soon as I have bought the last replacement hook the others will turn up again, won't they?
Yesterday I said that all the snow had gone but I was wrong. Sitting bravely in next door's front area was a very brave and rapidly diminishing snowman. When I got home again he was all but gone. Sic transit gloria mundi! (I wonder what is the Latin for 'glory of the snow')