I should be clear that I didn’t actually *intend* to cause chaos in Hobbycraft on Friday evening, but, well, it happened…

I hadn’t planned to go to Hobbycraft at all, I’d intended to hit up Mandors, but a meeting waaay over ran and instead of escaping at 4, like I’d planned, I didn’t get out til after 5, and there was no way I’d get to Mandors before it closed at 5:30.  I hummed, and I hawed, and debated if I was really feeling like tackling the city centre this close to Christmas, when I suddenly remembered that Hobbycraft would still be open and it would have the majority of my shopping list, and certainly the priority items, namely thread and velcro.

It was the velcro that did it.  I was buying a number of things by the metre – ribbon and ric rac, but it was the velcro that ultimately pushed things over the edge.  Having cut and swiped everything else and tucked it away in the bag, it was time to tackle the 2 boxes of velcro – 2 different widths that is.  Now normally, if I were buying this in Mandors, I would be able to get the hook and loop bits separately, but Hobbycraft sells the 2 together.  If the system were working correctly, the two would feed out neatly side by side through a hole in the side of the box, but, well, that didn’t happen.  The girl at the til opened the boxes, grabbed the ends and pulled.  She tried to pull the loops off the 2 nicely coiled hook and loop sections, and, well, velcro did what velcro does and stuck fast together, in knots.  The more she shook and pulled, the worse it became!  It took the two of us the best part of about 20 minutes trying to disentangle 5m of one and 3 of the other.  Here’s the 5m bit that I got to take home…

You’ll be pleased to know that about 50cm into this endeavour she decided to call another assistant to serve the huge queue that had suddenly appeared behind me, while we got to this stage, while I shot apologetic glances back at regular intervals…

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