This is my gorgeous new stash of crewel wool! And I fully intend to spend a good couple of hours at some point this week, learning how to turn it into something worthy of its loveliness (that's optimism for you).
I was lucky enough to recieve an Amazon token for Christmas and having decided that I simply have far too much time on my hands, I ordered the incredibly inspiring book, The New Crewel. After all, there's always time for a new craft, isn't there???
Having bought the book I then discovered that there was nowhere in Leeds to buy the wool, but that there is a wonderful, wonderful shop in York called The Viking Loom that sells every colour imaginable! I'm lucky enough to have an insanely accomodating husband who was very happy to drive me straight to York and then walk around with our daughter in her buggy, in the snow (!), without a hat (!! Husband not baby) because the shop was too full to fit the buggy in. Not wanting to push my luck, I didn't spend very long in there, but I highly recommend it to anyone near York that sews, quilts, stitches or scrapbooks. And as well as stocking lots of yummy goods, the staff were very helpful and not at all patronising, which is always a bonus.