We recently asked you to tell us about the yarn shops who have gone above and beyond during lock downs and restrictions over the past year.
Here is some of what you had to say.
Helen Rutherford: “Knit2tog yarn shop in Reddish owned by the delightful Janet Davidson. Fantastic shop Janet provides a local delivery and postal service in these difficult times and nothing is too much trouble for her. Janet is helpful and knowledgeable with the patience of a saint much needed with me on occasion.”
This shop was also mentioned by Janette Carter and Janet Davidson.
Mel Sims: “Carole M Willey at Merry Maid in Ollerton, delivers locally, always on hand to answer queries. Her knowledge of crocheting and knitting is phenomenal. Fabulous at colour matching buttons to garments. Carole has also organised a couple of competitions to keep us occupied during this lockdown. Can’t wait till the shop is able to open up so I can attend some crocheting lessons.”
Anne T Coates: “Oxford Yarn Store. Karen, the owner, is always available with something interesting and tips. She is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. I would recommend her and her advice to anyone. I have learnt so much from her.”
Amanda Colbourne: “The lovely Shirley Goddard at The Upton Stitchery. Definitely goes above and beyond to keep us all smiling through these difficult times. Offers click and collect, posts out to those who can’t get to collect and does free local delivery to those of us stuck at home shielding. She regularly shares ideas, freebies and “happy posts” on the shops Facebook page. Always service with a smile and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a song!”
Bonnie Mutch: “Pam Richardson from Knit & Stitch in Torquay was a total life saver when I needed yarn to complete a custom order and she delivered exactly what I needed. Her small business definitely saved mine. I’d recommend her fabulous service to everyone.”: “
Sandra Davidson: “Threads – Fabric, Wool and Haberdashery of Minehead amazed me when I realised I hadn’t got the right needles to do a cowl. I messaged to ask for some circular needles and they ordered them, rang me , and I collected, faster than if I had used Amazon.”
Marilyn Simpson: “Cottontail Crafts in Settle are just amazing. Fantastic shop and during these hard times, has a great click+collect or will deliver locally. Cotton Tail Crafts also despatch their web orders with speed, well packaged and with a personal touch. Nothing is any trouble. Wishing all our craft shops all the very best and for helping to try and keep us crafters sane!”
Gill Martin: “Ewe Felty Thing in Llandudno have kept me going with advice and support on the weekly zoom chat. And advice when purchasing wool from a distance has been brilliant. Can’t wait to go in to a wool shop.”
Jean Melville: “Having a difficult time during lockdown. The mum and daughter duo at Knit n Purl Woolshop have been wonderful at keeping us supplied with yarn. They have such a lovely atmosphere in the shop. They were very fast at Covid proofing and their window displays always are amazing!”
Lorna Martin: “The Wee Crafty Owl has been fantastic. Keeping us all supplied with so much more than just wool and providing a hub for charity donations. Thank you to Mairi Coventry.”
Janel Coughran: “Slipstitch London is fabulous. Rosie keeps us in touch via an Instagram Live every week on Thursday mornings and I’ve just ordered my next project’s worth of yarn from them!”
Linda Egging: “The Hive in Shepton Mallet have been amazing – even delivered to my door (in the pouring rain).”
Jango Junio: “For me it’s Button Box Yarns in Scunthorpe. I did a big rainbow yarn bombing installation in the first lockdown and BB kept me supplied with all the yarn I needed doing doorstep drop deliveries and again, this lockdown they’re providing a great doorstep delivery service again – mean I can keep creating to my heart’s content!”
We hope that you will consider to support your local yarn shops. Give your favourite a mention in the comments.