As Nick and I were going up the M5 and M6 it seamed like a good idea to do a detour to Shrewbury to visit ColourMart and its owner, Richard Lawn.
We arrived a bit early, and took a foot bridge over the river (the Severn) to a park opposite where Richard lives. I miss trees in Orkney so look plenty of pix…
And a pleasure barge, the Sabrina, was good enough to pass just at the right time!
Then it was back to meet Richard, and to see this famous building:
No, it is not just any garage. It is where ColourMart started back in 2005.
Richard and I ‘met’ on line pretty soon after he first started selling the remains of industrial cones of cashmere on Ebay, and I have been using his yarns, and writing patterns using them, ever since. This was pre-Ravelry, and people wanted patterns specifically for his yarns.
After a lovely lunch, we went over to the warehouse which is ColourMart’s current home. From then on in, all is pretty hazy… My camera failed to work, and Nick kindly took over, but I now realise I didn’t get pix of the workforce (sorry), only of Richard with the winding machine:
We did get some pix of yarns, however:
I didn’t get one of my haul – that is being sent home by post so I’ll get one when it arrives!
The place was a natural fibre lover’s paradise! Bins and bins of cones and cones of yarn… Shelves of yarn… Boxes of yarn. The colours were out of this world.
I also realised I HAD to have some types which I had seen on line but which hadn’t grabbed me. The Fair Isle sparkles were one such line. Utterly gorgeous in reality.
There were other customers there too, including folk I have known on line and on Ravelry for some time. Again, I wasn’t thinking straight and didn’t get pix – stupid of me, but I hope other cashmere addicts will excuse me.
And as you would expect, the service and prices are second to none! Thank you Richard and Sue and everyone for a super time.