Last month I went to Jersey (Channel Islands) for a week with my husband and my parents to celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday.
As usual the weather was glorious and we did all of the usual holidaymaker sites and of course some shopping in St Helier.
Nearing the end of the week I hadn’t seen any yarn shops but had heard about a textile centre called “The Harbour Gallery” in St. Aubin’s. As it was Battle of the Flowers we decided to give the show a miss (it was very busy and very expensive) so we headed down to St Aubin’s to the Gallery.
When we got there it was closed, but a cheery man in the boat shop next door informed us that they would be open on the Friday/Saturday as there was going to be a craft market
So on the Saturday we headed down there.
They sold all sorts of crafty goodness, ranging from jewellery, buttons, material and of course yarn.
As you will all know by now I cannot resist buying some yarn when I see some yummy colourways, so I bought 2 skeins of Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend.
Each skein of yarn has the following written on the label.
“MANOS del URUGUAY (The Hands of Uruguay) is a non profit organization which assembles over 400 artisans in co-operatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay. The aim of the organization is to bring economic and social opportunities to rural women. Manos Silk Blend is a luxurious blend of merino and silk. Hand dyed in large kettles to create a marbleized, subtly striated effect that forms a rich palette of glorious colours. No two skeins are exactly alike and there are no dye lots.”
Also each skein states the location and artisan of who/where the yarn came from.
As we were in St. Aubins we decided to have a look around the craft market. There was a lot of cards and beaded jewellery (none as good as mine of course) and of course the handmade soap. I managed to resist buying anything as I had splurged on the yarn.
On the way back we decided to stop have a cup of tea, and as it was a lovely day we sat outside and enjoyed the lovely weather.
My husband and father then decided to go for a walk along the beach, so my mother and I sat and sunbathed and of course relaxed, as you can tell we were all tired at the end of the day.
If you are ever in Jersey I would definitely recommend you go and visit the Harbour Gallery in St. Aubin as the little town is lovely and the Gallery itself is the perfect place to have some retail therapy.