A couple of weeks ago, I visited an amazing knitting shop in Leicester, and had such a nice day, I thought I would write something about it. All of my yarn shop visits have two important elements - the knitting world experience and the coffee/food world experience. Occasionally, there are not any good eateries near the mini knitting paradises, but more often than not, these can usually be sniffed out somewhere not too far flung, and on this particular day, the eateries and the knittery were a stones throw apart, which made for a near perfect day - well, pretty darn perfect actually.
I am old fashioned. I follow a map, not sat nav. Sometimes this results in tricky inadvertent detours, but not on my journey to Leicester. I found the city easy to navigate. I was coming from the South East, so maybe that helped me, but I found Knit One without any problems, or any traffic jams, and parked up for free on the little road off to the side of Queens' Road.
Queens' Road is a delightful little parade of small independent shops, with some larger chain stores, but not too many to spoil the ambience. I particular like the feel of the cluster of shops around Knit One, at that end of the street. There is a good choice of coffee shops and eateries, and I found it hard to decide which to go and visit. I had arrived with about an hour to spare - just enough time for lunch and a coffee. In the end I was enticed by the Salvador Deli, which had its extensive menu on display outside the shop, making it easy to have a browse through, without any embarrassment if you decide to walk away. There was so much on offer, and it all sounded delicious, that there was no chance of that in any case.
Once inside, I was even more bowled over by the cavern of delights. In the end I plumped for the fresh pasta, which was a snip at only £5.95. There were actually things on this menu for less than £2 - admittedly only bread or snacky things, but still, the last time there was anything on any menu for less than £2 in Stamford, where I live, was in about 1990.
I'm crazy about yarn, Scotland, food, my husband and my three girls, and I live in a perpetual state of organised chaos. Some just call it creativity.