At the Bon Marché, a department store in the 7th arrondissement in Paris, they have a lovely selection of wool, buttons, sewing supplies and the like. In France, they call this bazaar a mercerie. See, you learned a new word today.
I went to the Bon Marché 10 days ago to buy a pair of circulars for Mr. Ribbit's sweater and of course ended up with a couple of stitch markers, 2 balls of Bouton d'Or (for Mlle. D's bonnet), and a ball of kidsilk haze. They had begun setting up for a sale but being the absent-minded young lady that I am, failed to realize that some of the stuff I was buying would actually be on sale in a few days.
Flash forward...le bruit qui court* on the Paris Tricot listserve is that Rowan and Debbie Bliss are on sale! So today after class I decided to head over to the BM (or the not so bon marché* as it should be called) to buy some Debbie Bliss cashmerino at 20% off, seeing as how I now have to open a layette knits store (friend #2 is expecting end of January!) .
The inventory is as follows:
Bouton d'Or Cérès 50% wool/50% alpaca in "ketchup" --I am tempted to say that I bought this for the name alone, but that would be a lie. Let's just say that someone who-shall-not-be-named is going to receive a pair of stunning ketchup-colored mittens this winter.
Anny Blatt art yarn Vega in mineral and dolerite: normally I don't care for art yarn but this stuff caught my eye and will make a great accent cuff for the ketchup colored mittens. As for the purple/green dolerite color, I have a leftover skein of Rowan biggy print in purple to make another pair of chunky mittens.
Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino 55% merino/33% microfibre/12% cashmere in lavender and chartreuse. This supersoft wool blend was 20% off and is a much nicer, higher quality than the Bouton d'Or baby superwash that I used for the bonnet (but more about that later) and is destined to become part of a layette set for the baby boy who will make his debut in 2006.
Rowan yorkshire tweed dk in Brown (355). I needed a yarn for the ribbed v-neck collar for Mr. Ribbit's sweater. This stuff was on sale (yay!) and should work perfectly.
Rowan kidsilk haze 70% super kid mohair/ 30% silk. I bought this on my first BM trip 10 days ago to make this simple lace scarf because I have never before knit lace. And then I received this in the mail today on my way home:
and now I am really wondering where my brain is? I ordered the scarf kit that came with the Rowan International membership in the same color as the yarn I bought to make the other lace scarf. At least I am consistent, right ?
And this whole lace scarf practice is really in preparation to make Ella by Wendy Wonnacott. I bought the luscious Lady Godiva 50% silk/50% wool in Mineral from a Canadian yarn shop online that ships internationally. Fleece Artist/Handmaiden, the company that makes the yarn is also Canadian.
As if you weren't jealous enough, and to top off my fabulously knitty day, I am munching on a pain au chocolat et banane from our heavenly neighboorhood bakery.
le bruit qui court : expression - the word on the street
bon marché: cheap