Anyone who lives in or around Crystal Palace in Southeast London will know Haynes Lane Market. It’s a relic from a by-gone era, a proper flea market selling knick-knacks, antiques, curiosities, records, vintage clothes, ephemera, general gubbins and down-and-out junk.
I love it.
Or, at least, I did. I haven’t been there for years now. Trying to prevent your kids from marauding around rickety shelving units filled with vintage crystal takes a lot of the fun out of the Sunday mooch.
But, back in ye olden days, 10 years BC (before Cecily), I regularly went to idly wander the sloping corridors of the old market. And by golly did I find some wonders.
Including one fine day when I discovered an entire stall filled with someone’s Haberdashery stock from their old shop. And that’s where I got a bag load of slightly musty smelling Linnen Brilliant yarn from Scheepjes.
I kept hold of the yarn for years, used bits of it to make some granny squares and then one day, BINGO! I found the right project for it.
And I would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been that I totally didn’t have enough yarn for that project.
I mean, I thought I did. I checked it!
I’m sure I checked it.
Anyway, somewhere along the way, I realised I didn’t have enough yearn to finish. That’s when I started messaging random people on Ravelry who had the right yarn in their stash.
But no one got back to me instantly. And I’m impatient. And also, I don’t check my Ravelry inbox regularly. Turned out, some kind soul had actually responded. But by then it was too late…
Actually, the top is the better for it. It was definitely on the wide side. Maybe I’ll make it again and this time actually measure myself before I start. In fact – brainwave people! – maybe I’ll actually take all my measurements (before the 5pm Discarding Of The Bra ceremony obvs) and WRITE THEM DOWN so I actually know what size to make.
Sheesh, this is like rocket science or something.