On the way up we stopped at the Black Sheep Wool Craft Barn near Warrington, which I've wanted to visit for a while. Black Sheep is a big online discount yarn and craft supplier, and this is their bricks and mortar HQ. It was stuffed full of excellently priced yarn of all qualities (but admittedly a lot of acrylic), and also stocks cross stitch and felting supplies and has a room of quilt fabric. In the bargain room I picked up some Debbie Bliss Baby cashmerino in pale blue for a couple of pounds a ball for some future baby knitting, and some pretty cross stitch charts that were .50p each. I got a ball of solid blue sock yarn to knit an edging around my ten stitch triangle shawl (which was my go-to project during the holiday for in the car and when we were waiting for food at restaurants), and five balls of Jeannie cotton blend to knit a pattern for a cable yoke top. I also fell victim to a kit to make a simple crochet afghan, I liked the vintage colours and the kit was so cheap as it is acrylic yarn, so even though i don't really crochet I couldn't resist. Afterwards we had tea and cake in the pleasant cafe. A really nice place to visit with friendly staff and I hope I can go again sometime.
Another day we drove up to visit the World in Miniature museum at the Houghton Hall Garden Centre near Carlisle, a collection of 1/12th scale room boxes and miniature objects. I had seen some of the exhibits before when the collection was in its former home in Oban, many years ago. The current museum is well worth a visit if you are interested in dollshouse miniatures. At the moment there is also an exhibit by the Miniature Needlework Society which was quite interesting. The garden centre itself is huge and has a craft shop as well as all the usual farm shop, deli, cafe, gift stuff.