I bought these babies in Hickey's (4 balls) and Ryan's (1 ball) of Galway. Two of the three wool shops I've been able to find. The third is Lola Rose - a very cute shop but with no acryric yarn. As I don't want my picnic blanket to start to felt and it definitely has to under go the washing machine, its a no go. Unfortunatey all the shops are a tad on the restrictive side for colours. I'm hoping the situation will improve in New Zealand. I'm not going to use the one from Ryan's as the colour is too similar to the light green I bought in Hickey's and I prefer the minter version!
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