This time last year I was busy preparing for Yarn Shop Day at The Knitting Hut. YSD is a national celebration of bricks and mortar wool shops, organised and promoted by Lets Knit magazine.
In the current climate of everything being just ‘one click’ away (and I have unwittingly found that to be true!) it has become more and more important to support the shops on our High Streets BUT to us knitters/crocheters our yarn shops are essential. Where else do we get fabulous advice when we need it, to socialise with like-minded people and form the strongest of friendships with other people who ‘get’ what we love.
Wool suppliers are now getting behind this campaign with exclusive colourways only available in your LYS, here is a picture of this year’s special sock yarn colourway from West Yorkshire Spinners, lovely picture courtesy of LYS Alterknit Universe in Cleeve. The picture also features a free pattern only available from LYS tomorrow.
Lots of shops run competions and giveaways, together with special offers or limited edition yarns so it’s definitely worth going along.
As you can see, Florence, our knitted cow, can’t help but get in on the act and was in the window all day last year – we couldn’t get her out for weeks! In our celebrations cake was always involved too and a few of our lovely customers made things especially for the day, making it even more special.
So if you are at a loose end tomorrow and fancy some yarn fun (and cake) seek out your LYS this Saturday. If you are not sure where your nearest shop is then have a look at the AIYSO website. ‘The Association of Independent Yarn Shop Owners’ was formed a couple of years ago as a support to independent yarn shops and is doing a fabulous job. Sometimes it can be quite lonely running a business on your own but AIYSO has put all these yarn shop owners in touch with each other via Facebook so there is always someone there to listen, help and advise. A bit like the service you would expect from your LYS itself.
It’s times like this that I really miss the shop and so tomorrow, I will be remembering what fun we have had at The Hut over the years and, who knows, I may even get out to visit my LYS!
Have a lovely knitty (and gin) weekend!