Last Saturday was Yarn Shop Day in the UK. Typing that feels so funny, because I can hardly believe it’s actually become a reality. Little more than six months ago Yarn Shop Day was just a whimsical idea, but thanks to the tenacity and vision of the team behind Let’s Knit, who grasped the bigger picture and then worked so incredibly hard to make it happen, Yarn Shop Day 2014 was a stonking success.
My Yarn Shop Day was spent in Ely, at the fabulous Yarn on the Square.
Here I am squeezing some yarn – because that’s one of the things you can do when in a yarn shop! Yarn On The Square is a beautiful boutique store boasting brands like Sublime, Millamia, Manos, Jarol, Louisa Harding and Katia. It was so much fun to spend a day there, stroking the yarn, admiring the knitted samples (I plan to knit at least two!) and chatting with the customers, of which, I’m delighted to say, there were many!
Plenty had come specifically for Yarn Shop Day. As well as discounts on many yarns, there were pop-up shops from Mirasol and Libby Summers (Libby has been a fantastic supporter of Yarn Shop Day. Check out her gorgeous yarns and products here), so it was a great opportunity to pick up something special. Plus – last but not least – there was also the chance to do your bit for the community and help knit the Ely eel!
Here’s Katie having a go. The annual Eel Festival, which commemorates the historical importance of eel fishing to the city’s fortunes, also took place on Saturday, and eventually this giant knitted eel will be part of an art display in the cathedral. Lots of people joined in and by the end of the day the eel had grown considerably!
So I came away with some yarn of course, including a beautiful 100g skein of Paqa Pura by Mirasol. Nice as it looks, it’s a yarn that simply has to be smooshed to appreciate its full glory.
So, what was going on elsewhere? All manner of things! Ysolda Teague drew a raffle in Glasgow, Gillian Gladrag yarnbombed a campervan in Dorking, Pauline Turner taught crochet in Yorkshire, Louisa Harding said hello at Stash Fine Yarns, Jane Burns taught beginners in Essex, giant needles were wielded in Hackney, Sarah Hazell upcycled bangles in Birmingham, Sachiyo Ishii knitted tiny pandas in Surrey, Zoe Halstead gave lessons in Loughborough and Nottingham, Anniken Allis did surgery in Devon, Tracy Todhunter crafted in Northwich, Lynne Rowe made bows in Crewe – I could go on!! We’re so grateful to everyone who gave up their time to take part – it was a fabulous effort. Check out this post featuring some of the days top tweets. Now all that remains is to start planning Yarn Shop Day 2015!