It can't be a coincidence that I like haberdasheries and I like sweet shops. There's a lot of overlap: tempting displays, lovely colours, little bags full of small treats and treasures, a feeling of stepping into another world.
One of my favourite haberdasheries is Mrs Moon in St Margaret's near Twickenham. Mrs Moon is run by two extremely nice sisters who would probably also run a wonderful sweetshop given half the chance, and they stock huge amounts of beautiful yarns and a very well chosen mix of haberdashery items.
Susan and Karen have just launched their very own yarn called Plump which is thick, soft, warm, cuddly and snuggly. They decided to name the fourteen shades of Plump after their favourite sweet things, which is an appealing and appetising approach because who would not want to knit with Damson Jam and Marmalade, or mix Cherry Pie with Clotted Cream, or create pretty effects with Fondant Fancy, Sugared Almond, Peppermint Cream and Bonbon? The names are evocative and spot-on: Rhubarb Crumble really is that.
Plump is a superchunky 80% merino/20% alapaca yarn which is sweetness itself. I haven't knitted for a while, but this is going to be the thing that gets me started again. In the meantime, I've had some fun with the yarn and a bag of sweets.