Yarn Shop Day is a fantastic annual event in the UK organised by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting Magazines published by Aceville.
This is the second year the magazine has encouraged us all to ‘Love your Yarn Shop’ with more than 200 stores taking part and we were more than happy to lend our support. Some stores opened their doors to customers queueing to get in and knitting 'celebrities' such as Erika Knight, Martin Storey and Debbie Bliss made appearances to sign books and host surgeries.
We gathered together twenty taster packs of our needles and hooks with around 25 sets in each and invited yarn shops taking part in the festivities to put their names down for a pack. We had nearly 70 stores apply in a 24 hour period! The names were drawn and the packs began winging their way to locations all around the UK.
They were used in shops to let customers try out our different ranges and some found their way into goodie bags – if you were one of those lucky people we hope you enjoy our needles.
On the actual day we visited Diss Wool Shop in Norfolk where the owner, Sue, was demonstrating KnitPro needles with this lovely scarf design called ZickZack. We loved it so much we bought the yarn to make it!
At The Periwinkle in Devon the day was a huge success. “I was lucky enough to receive many items which I packaged into goodie bags for the first ten customers through the door, and a selection of exciting raffle prizes for everyone who made a purchase,” said Tonia from The Periwinkle. Here is a picture of one of the winners.
Coastal Yarns in Bude, Cornwall made Pompoms for the Bude Arts and Music Wishing Tree.
Horncastle Hobby House in Lincolnshire raised £50 for Cancer Research UK from donations from knitters who wanted to keep the needles they had tried.
Wherever you were we hope you had a great time on Yarn Shop Day and we are already looking forward to next year.