I took our local yarn shop for granted. It was always there and it was my first choice when I wanted to cast on for a new project. I never used to stash yarn back then, apart from leftover yarn from old projects.
So do you want a great local yarn shop? Somewhere you can browse a selection of patterns from top yarn companies and independent designers? Somewhere you can touch and feel the best of British and foreign yarns? Somewhere you can book a class to learn a new technique? Somewhere you can meet other knitters and chat and knit together? Somewhere you can ask the staff for help when you're stuck? If you want a yarn shop like that then you have to support it! Yarn shops have a lot of competition from online yarn shops both here and abroad and I'm not saying we shouldn't have online yarn shops. I sell yarn online (although on a small scale) and there are online shops that I love and support but there's nothing quite like being able to go into a shop and touch and feel and smell the yarn. Get help in choosing a pattern. Unless you want to order all your yarn online in the future, we need to support our local yarn shops. If they're successful they'll keep going.
Let's Knit and some of their sister magazines are launching a campaign to support local yarns shops and on 3rd of May they've declared Local Yarn Shop Day. Yarn shops around the UK are being encouraged to put on events on that day and knitters around the UK are being encouraged to join in. Many designers are being asked to be ambassadors. I'm one of the ambassadors for this campaign. Jane Burns is a fellow Let's Knit designer and also an ambassador for this campaign and you can read her blog post here. Let's Knit's editor, Sarah, has also blogged about the idea behind this campaign.
So what can you do to support this campaign?
- Tell your local yarn shop about it and enourage them to join in.
- Turn up at your local yarn shop on 3 May.
Do you have a local yarn shop? Are you a regular there? Please tell me in the comments.
Keep an eye on Let's Knit magazine and their blog for updates on the campaign and participating shops and ambassadors.