Baby, it’s cold outside

We’re having our first week of really wintry weather: sadly it’s not the crisp, clear, frosty sort that I love. Instead it’s drear, wet and cold. Nonetheless it’s beginning to look a lot like knitting season: it’s time for woolly hats, snuggly scarfs, mittens and the sort of cozy cardigans that are really just a blankie with sleeves.

The problem is, if you’re a slower knitter like me, you’ll be finishing off all of this lovely stuff just before the daffodils come out. It’s a bit like feeling hungry  – and then putting a casserole on . You’ll get a get something delicious, but it will take time.

I guess us slow-hand crafters should really be making linen sun-tops now, and buying chunky wool and patterns in the middle of August, but that won’t happen will it? There’s something about knitting lovely woolly things by the fire at this time of year that just feels right. Even if that cardigan is ready just in time for the first heatwave of summer.

new shop, new plans, new wool

Hello and welcome to the new web page for the Village Wool Shop – this is the place to come if you want to find out a bit more about our lovely yarn and patterns, as well as read about my adventures as a new wool shop owner!

The Village Wool Shop is a Crawshawbooth institution: it’s been open for a good long while, first under the careful ownership of original proprietor Susan Leach, then in the safe hands of Wendy Crook.  I hope that it will continue to prosper with me, Joanne, at the helm.

We have a good stock of quality, family-favourite knitting wool – Sirdar, King Cole, Patons, Bergere de France and James C Brett – so whether you’re knitting for the grandchildren, or treating yourself,  you should be able to find something that’s just right. I’m also introducing a few new yarns: we’ve just had a delivery of the best British wool spun for your knitting pleasure by the good people of West Yorkshire Spinners.

I’m a firm believer that the best natural fibres give you the best possible knitting experience: acrylic might be a bit easier to wash and a wee bit cheaper, but let’s face it, it’s a by-product of the oil industry and simply not an environmentally friendly option in the long run. Wool on the other hand is totally natural and sustainable. The same is true of linen, cotton, alpaca, silk and bamboo  and I hope to introduce a bit more of that good stuff in the coming months and years.

Obviously this page is a work in progress  –  I’ll be adding a few practical links in the future and other techy bits and bobs too (when I can work them out – knitting’s my strong suit, not computers!) – in the meanwhile, take a look at our Facebook page – The Village Wool Shop, Crawshawbooth. And watch this space.

lots of woolly love,

Joanne