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E-bay to the rescue 
11th-Apr-2008 02:41 pm
knitting sketch
I had a great time at the local knitting group last night, even though I didn't win anything in the raffle. One of my Ravelry friends showed me the way forward with the Victorian Shoulderette (I was stuck at the end of row 5) and group leader took a photo of the lace stole I finished last week. She's not a good photographer, went in much too close and the result is a blurred image.

So why e-bay to the rescue? I was debating whether I was going to bead the stole, as per the pattern, but decided a nice sparkly brooch might do just as well. I'd taken the brooch along to the KTOG and it was that which was the center of attention (and the blurred image). It's a vintage 1950s auroroa borealis brooch that reflects the colours of the yarn as well as its own. Here, have a look

wooly stuff

wooly stuff 005original

I don't think the stole needs any beads with all that sparkle.

While I was browsing on Ravelry, I found a link to a website that sells traditional shawl pins and ordered a big one in mother-of-pearl and wood. It it perfect for the chunky shawl that I wear at breakfast time.



Then, back on e-bay, I 'won' a chocolatiere gift set for £1.99, that I'd forgotten I was using automatic bidding to buy.

ETA The chocolatiere set arrived this morning. What a disappointment on opening the box to find the pot and one mug in pieces :(. This must have happened in transit because the vendor was offering free delivery if I collected it from him. I should have opted for that, as he's only about 30 mins south, by car.
Note to self Don't buy anything breakable on e-bay.

I really must stay away from e-bay, there's too much tempting stuff there. Thank goodness I haven't bookmarked the site and visit only when I receive an email telling me an item I'm watching is nearing the end of its time. (I'm not watching anything at the moment, not even posh yarn.)

11th-Apr-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
I had to take myself off Ebay, WAY too tempting!
Gorgeous shawls!
I wish I could knit, but both knitting and crochet simply escape me.
11th-Apr-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I think I may have to steer clear from now on.

Knitting isn't all that difficult really.
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11th-Apr-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Evolbay :D must remember that. I've been quite lucky with the prompt and courteous service I've received, but I find the auctions nerve-wracking ever since I bought MWNN a skull. That's why I put in automatic bids and forget them.

11th-Apr-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I try to avoid eBay except when I'm doing a play and hunting for props and costumes. It's way too seductive.

The brooch and pin both look great, and the colours of the shawl and stole are lovely.
11th-Apr-2008 05:07 pm (UTC)

I have another sparkly brooch from e-bay that will suit a denser shawl. You can have your pick of my haul for yours.
11th-Apr-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was looking at chocolatieres at our local garden/gift centre the other day and thought they were far too overpriced to justify buying one - but £1.99 seems far more my type of price :) Well done!!

I agree with you about the shawl not needing further beading (plus it always makes hand washing so problematic).
11th-Apr-2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
£1.99 plus p&p. Goodness knows what I'm going to do with a litre pot, there aren't enough of us to use it to make chocolate. I should have read the description more carefully before I hit the bid now button. Of course, I could always bring it down to the aquarium meet.
11th-Apr-2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I really must stay away from e-bay, there's too much tempting stuff there.

No, no, don't. Some of us need to sell things *g*.

Those shawls are beautiful and I love the brooches.
11th-Apr-2008 05:04 pm (UTC)

Give me a link to your e-bay account so's I can have a browse among all your goodies. Do you put it up for auction or 'buy now'?

11th-Apr-2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I put it up for auction. It's more exciting that way *g*. I don't actually have anything on at the moment as we need to go to Lincolnshire to restock and that may not be for a while. The best stuff has gone now really but the link is here.
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