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Laura_Elsewhere wrote: »
You took the rant right out of my mouth! I even asked a member of staff about it in February and sh said brightly that she's actually the one in charge of the wool department. I said, "well, you know most of it is not wool, it's yarn?" and she said, "oh, we've got almost twice the range of wools we had" and I said, "no, you have twice the range of acrylic and cotton yarn, but about a fifth of the wool yarn that you had" and she said, "no, all of these shelves now are wool!" and I gave up...
She suggested buying online for collection from the store; I said the problem was that then I couldn't be sure of colours or texture and sh said, oh lots of customers just order what they might like, open it when they collect it and then you can return it free for a full refund if you don't like it...
In what universe does that make any kind of sense???
I now find yarns I like, and then go and search in Ravelry's yarn-stash-search to find someone selling it That way I can have lovely yarns for less than full price!
monnagran wrote: »
After the war, when rationing was even more draconian, ex-army blankets were in great demand, not only to be used as blankets, but to be turned inti coats and dressing gowns.
Of course, coupons also had to be used for bedding, towels, curtains and all household fabrics. Creativity and ingenuity abounded and the thrift that we are all trying to practise on these forums was simply the way of life for everyone. Some of us have never grown out of it.
monnagran wrote: »
Pip, Halcyon was a very soft wool and cotton mix (at least I think that was what it was made of). I only had experience of the pale pink sort but I suppose they may have produced other colours. I never knew it used for anything other than vests.
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