Coming Soon – LYS Spotlight

Any knitter’s best friend should definitely be their local yarn store owner; these lovely people are always there to help us when we’re agonising over yarn choices, stuck with unintelligible patterns, or in desperate need of just the right size of needles 5 minutes before closing time. Where would we be without them? And yet, despite the friendly and personal service we get from these dedicated store owners, many small stores feel the difficulty of competing against the big businesses with their seemingly bottomless resources and huge online logistical solutions.

To help redress the balance, I will be running a regular feature where I’ll get to know some local yarn stores and the hard-working people behind them, so that we can all find out why our local yarn stores are so brilliant and most definitely worth supporting.

I have a few stores already in the pipeline for this feature but I would love to hear any suggestions for more stores to include in future. If you shop at a local yarn store that you love, or work for a local yarn store yourself, use the LYS Spotlight Suggestion Form to nominate a store.


  • Cindi Brumpton

    29 May 2013 at 19:14 Reply

    Will u travel? 🙂

    • Sarah

      30 May 2013 at 12:45 Reply

      I wish! 🙂 No, it will all be done via the magic of the internet.

  • dayanaknits

    31 May 2013 at 01:55 Reply

    A suggestion form! Oh my goodness, your blog is so cute. I managed a sideways link bar, but yours has a drop down menu… I need to go for a Blog 101 class, stat! On topic: how many yarn stores are in your area?

    • Sarah

      31 May 2013 at 13:29 Reply

      Aww, thanks Dayana! 🙂 It’s all down to WordPress really, I have a plugin for making forms and the standard menu UI lets you make drop-downs easily too.

      In the Nottingham area I think we have about 4 or 5 dedicated yarn stores. There is also a branch of John Lewis which is a chain department store – they stock pretty much all the Rowan yarns and a small amount of other brands in their haberdashery section. Lastly there’s Hobbycraft who sell a small-medium selection of yarn.

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