Love Your Yarn Shop Day

Today, 3rd May 2014,  is Love Your Yarn Shop day. A day to get out there support your local wool shop and indulge in all things woolly for 24 hours. Brilliant!

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This got me thinking about my local yarn shops. I’m quite lucky that we have a really good variety of shops in the area and all are great for different things.

Here in Portishead, near Bristol, I love my little local high street DIY store – Careys – who stock Stylecraft and other cheap wool mix yarns, alongside spare sink plugs, bin bags and light bulbs.

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We also have a little post office/wool shop called Wickety Woo within walking distance of  my house – nice for a browse. They stock Rowan and other beautiful brands but it’s soooo expensive! Good to treat yourself to a beautiful ball of yarn and then wonder for weeks what to do with it…

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A bit further afield in Clevedon, there’s a huge independent craft shop called The Spinning Weal. This has been in the area for years, by all accounts, and they have a really large selection of wool, tools, equipment, books – again great for browsing.

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Even further away in Bristol is a cool little independent called Beshley’s Wool Shop. This is the new style wool shop, owned and run by a young woman (this sounds weird but you know what I mean! Girl sounded worse!) the shop is bright and light, stocks only British wool and is reasonably priced. It’s a great place to go to find new brands, colours and browse Beshley’s range of vintage haberdashery items.

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So all this has got me thinking about my ideal wool shop.

In my daydreams, instead of travelling an hour to work each day and attending meetings all day long, I would own a little wool shop. It would be small but perfectly formed (of course) and sell wool, fabric and haberdashery items like the old fashioned sewing shops.

There would be a large table in the middle of the shop for classes and workshops, the walls would be filled floor to ceiling with balls of wool, there would be a dresser with vintage haberdashery items and books, maybe even a book corner with some comfy chairs?

One day maybe….

To find out more about Love Your Yarn Shop Day and find an independent wool shop near you, have a look at this website for more information http://www.letsknit.co.uk/loveyouryarnshop

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