It’s not long now until the second ever Yarn Shop Day organised by Let’s Knit magazine.
I really like the concept because it highlights that need to support us little shops who are here to help you and show you how to do the things you’re not sure about. Buying yarn online is very useful and we love it when that people all over the country can buy from us. I think this is especially useful when a yarn has been discontinued and someone is trying to hunt down that certain something and they don’t have to be just down the road but they can get just what they want by using the internet and ordering from our little shop. Of course not everyone is able to get out or may be at work when we are open, and about and online shopping is fantastic for them as well.
I will always feel that there is absolutely no substitute for being able to see, feel, smell and generally interact with a yarn before you buy it. Visiting a physical yarn shop is such a treat and should be enjoyed, savoured and appreciated. It is so inspiring to be able to see garments knitted or crocheted in the yarn you are going to purchase or chat with the staff in the store about your next project or how to overcome a certain difficulty or just share your love of yarn with a like minded person.
That is why I like the Yarns Shop Day slogan ‘love your yarn shop so much’ because really you must. Wherever it is you need to love it because one day it might not be there!
Last week I re-dressed our window to let everyone passing by know that yarn shop day is on the way and what we will be up to on the day. I got out the bike that our knitting circle ‘yarn bombed’ last summer for the Tour de France and decorated it with my own ‘love your yarn shop’ banner. I thought it was especially appropriate to use the bike for this as besides being a very fun example of knitting it celebrates the fact that on the same weekend the cyclists will be back here in Yorkshire for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. I am very pleased with the look of it. What do you think?
What will we be doing on Yarn Shop Day?
Well you can actually get involved right now. Visit our facebook page and you will find some posts about our competition to win a ball of Sirdar Kasha. This is a chunky yarn which can be used with any chunky pattern. The ball of yarn is an enormous 300g and comes with a pattern to knit your own lovely snuggly throw. I have been working on knitting one up but it’s not quite finished yet!
The yarn is very fluffy with 12% mohair and comes in a nice range of colours as you can see above. If you like our facebook page and then share one of the competition posts putting a comment below using the word ‘KASHA’ you will be entered into a prize draw which will be drawn on the 2nd May 2015. Good luck.
We will be having a workshop from 1-3.30pm on the day on the theme of ‘hearts’. This was inspired by the ‘love your yarn shop’ logo and I have been doing some experimentation around the idea of including heart symbols in your knitting. This is what I have come up with so far.
I spoke about knitting hearts back in February when thinking about Valentines Day and I think there is such a strong link here. After all we often knit for loved ones and when you are knitting that item you are putting something of yourself into your work and maybe thinking about the person you are knitting for. When they are using or wearing the finished article I do hope that they can feel the love that has gone into it anyway but if there is a heart on it somewhere then it is almost like throwing your arms around them and just saying ‘I love you’. Only the other day a lady bought a pattern for one of my cushions with a cable heart on the front to knit as a wedding gift which I thought was very appropriate.
If you would like to come along to our workshop and have a play around with knitting your own hearts please visit our website and book yourself a free place so that I know how many cakes to bake!
If you’d rather not do the workshop that’s fine but please do call in and see us on Yarn Shop Day as you can still have tea and cake and 10% discount on any full price yarns bought throughout the day.