Thursday, 29 January 2015

A trip to Kelvingrove and some woolly bargains









This past weekend ended up being unintentionally wool themed.  On Saturday we went to the Barras, making the usual pit stop at the Bargain Wool Shop for me to buy a ball of yellow DK to replenish my stash.  No one was more surprised than Tam when I emerged quickly and with only that one ball of wool, except maybe me.  However, after wandering into a part of the market we'd never been to before, I managed to score a lot of Sirdar wool - ten 50g balls for £5.  Well, I couldn't be expected to leave that behind!  Not helping is the fact that I sorted my yarn stash last week and realised I have space for exactly zero more balls.  I think it's time for Plan B - buy more storage.  Luckily I restrained myself on all other fronts and didn't buy another thing besides lunch.

Sunday started slowly, with a rare breakfast in bed and watching Friday Night Dinner on Netflix.  We went back and forth on going outside at all, but the forecasted rain didn't appear and I had a notion to go to Kelvingrove and draw, so off we went.  And learned a valuable lesson in the process.  Kelvingrove is NOT somewhere to go on a Sunday.  The place was rammed with people, most accompanied by young children which surprised us.  I'm not sure it's somewhere I'd take little ones.  Then again, I tend to treat museums like libraries and walk around quietly, taking in the collections and keeping out the way of other people.  Apparently that's not standard museum practice these days!  We managed to get lunch and listen to the organ recital though.  It's the first time I've managed to catch the organ in use and it was lovely, like being in church, but again without the usual accompanying peace and quiet!  

We left quite soon afterwards and wandered up Byers Road to have a nosy in the charity shops, where I scored my second woolly bargain of the weekend.  A pack of Rowan wool had fallen from a window display and was wedged against the glass in one of the first shops.  Out of curiousity, I pulled it out to have a look at the price.  It was £3.  For six balls of pure wool, which normally retail at over £4 EACH.  I was not letting it go again after that!  I may have been met with a 'more wool!' comment from Tam but I could tell he was impressed with my bargain really...

After a few months of the charity shops not being up to much, I seem to be on a lucky streak again.  I fully expect it to disappear at some point but for now I'll just ride it out happily.  And maybe buy those storage drawers...

:)

14 comments:

  1. haha, well done on the wool bargains. I'm avoiding charity shops at the moment in case they are my shopping ban downfall. I need to avoid fabric shops as well as I've told myself no more fabric purchases until I've used what I have.

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    1. That's a good idea, I need to go back to the avoidance tactic soon I think!

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  2. I'm still very impressed with your wool bargains, you did well there! Plan b so getting more storage sounds the most sensible suggestion, especially if you keep finding bargains such as these!

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    1. Yeah I don't have space for more without more storage, I just keep waiting for the bargains to end!

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  3. Excellent wool purchase. I have a drawer under the bed full of unused wool in very random colours... I really need to get myself a project to use it up!

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    1. Oh fun, have a look on Ravelry, I have so many saved projects on there!

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  4. Yay to more (bargain) wool! And boo to children in museums - unless they're behaving nicely. There's a time and a place.

    Love the dinosaur and the weird hanging heads...

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    1. Exactly. And yeah, that dino made me happy :)

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  5. yay for new yarn, thanks for stopping by my Summerhouse
    Clare

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  6. More storage is definitely the way forward! Why resist wool bargains when they're usually so rare? You're definitely making the right choices. :)

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    1. I thought so :) more storage it is!

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  7. Urgh, I know what you mean about kids at the museum! I just want to enjoy myself in peace and quiet. Damn kids haha.

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