As we have mentioned before, we are incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful stockists across the world. Many of them are the centre of a thriving crafting community, running workshops, gathering together to knit for charity or just for a good old Knit & Natter. The Local Yarn Shop in any community, whether an online business or an actual bricks and mortar shop is also likely to be the best place to find out about local craft events and fibre fairs, can introduce you to fellow knitters as well as providing you with those all important supplies!
One of our online stockists, Wool & Buttons is the epitome of the LYS at the centre of a growing crafting community of knitters in the North Yorkshire town of Selby. Owner Joanne describes herself as 'passionate about all things woolly', selling her beautiful yarn and knitting accessories through her website, but also out in the real world. She says, 'I like to get out and about and meet my lovely customers at local craft fairs and large shows such as British Wool Weekend and Country Living Fairs.'
In April this year, Wool & Buttons also introduced a fabulous Knit & Natter get together too. Every fortnight the Knit & Natter members meet up in a rural café, for a good old natter, a fabulous cup of coffee and homemade cake. The group has some incredibly talented knitters, passionate about yarn and their craft, sharing ideas and being each others inspiration for the next project!
At the last evening, a TV celebrity popped by for a natter. Stuart Hillard from BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee joined the ladies and showed them how he was getting on with a Rowan Tweed Aran cardigan, which was coming on very nicely indeed.
Go along to the Wool & Buttons website for a browse through the beautiful yarn and crafty accessories, and click here for a list of events that the very lovely Joanne will be exhibiting at during the rest of 2013. Thanks for giving us an insight into your amazing crafting community, Jo!
(posted by Max)