Make May Purple

Our chosen charity for May will be the Stroke Association, which helps people rebuild their lives after a stroke. My Dad suffered a stroke in December 2017 and although he has had several health issues since, he was incredibly lucky in that his stroke did not leave him severely impaired. Things could have been very different. The release of our limited edition hand dyed yarn, ‘Make May Purple’, coincides with the Stroke Association’s Make May Purple campaign which begins on Wednesday May 1st. The 100% British Bluefaced Leicester 4 Ply yarn will be available from Wednesday May 1st, exclusively from Baa Baa Brighouse and can be purchased throughout the month of May. In January, ‘Tics Don’t Define Me’, raised £45 for Tourettes Action, ‘YoungMinds’, our February charity yarn, raised £21 for YoungMinds, ‘Marie...

Autism Awareness

Our chosen charity for April will be the National Autistic Society, which helps over 100,000 autistic people and their families in the UK each year. The release of our limited edition hand dyed yarn, ‘Autism Awareness’, coincides with Autism Awareness Week which begins on Monday April 1st. The 100% British Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn is available now, exclusively from Baa Baa Brighouse and can be purchased throughout the month of April. £3 of every skein sold will go to the National Autistic Society. In January, ‘Tics Don’t Define Me’, raised £45 for Tourettes Action, ‘YoungMinds’, our February charity yarn, raised £21 for YoungMinds and ‘Marie Curie’, raised £30 in March for Marie Curie UK. A big thank you to everyone who has bought our charity yarns so far and helped these deserving...

IMO It’s A Shit Present…

'IMO It’s A Shit Present’ and its sister, ‘Your Cocky Attitude‘ is Baa Baa Brighouse’s response to a recent Twitter exchange with a non-yarny attempting to troll us. We shared the full extent of the conversation about our Baa Baa Brighouse Mother's Day Yarn Box on our social media pages and it went something like this: Tweet from @rubb3rsoul1972: @BaaBaaBrighouse @yorkshiresoap "I’m confused ?‍♂️ A big ball of wool? So in effect you’re giving a task as a gift! #badlythoughtout" So, I replied with: Tweet from @BaaBaaBrighouse: @rubb3rsoul1972 @yorkshiresoap "Yes, because they are for knitters who enjoy knitting and a big ball of wool is what you knit with. #statingtheblindinglyobvious" I thought that was the end of the matter, but apparently not. He then replied with: Tweet from @rubb3rsoul1972...

Supporting Marie Curie UK This March

Our chosen charity for March will be Marie Curie UK, a charity which offers care and support to those suffering from a terminal illness and their families. There seems to be very few people whose lives or loved ones have not in some way been touched by a terminal illness, in particular cancer, so we believe Marie Curie UK to be a very worthwhile cause. ‘Marie Curie’, a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn, is available now, exclusively from Baa Baa Brighouse and can be purchased throughout March to coincide with the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal. £3 from every skein sold will be donated to Marie Curie...

Racism and Me

If you've been using social media over the past few weeks, you will unavoidably be aware of the discussion about the presence of racism within the worldwide knitting community and the need for us all to actively promote inclusivity and diversity in our craft. For too long, people of colour have been under-represented and had their voices marginalised because of white prejudice. I have been searching for a way of addressing this with regards to myself and Baa Baa Brighouse, which has always sought to be an inclusive and diverse business that welcomes people of all races, all genders, all sexual orientations, all ages and all beliefs. However, it is one thing to write those words and another to carry them through into meaningful actions in our real lives, as I have recently discovered. Five years ago I set up a Knit and Natter Group at...

YoungMinds Charity Yarn

Throughout the month of February we will be supporting YoungMinds with a brand new charity yarn. YoungMinds is fighting for better mental health care for children across the UK. Three children in every classroom are currently dealing with a mental health issue and the current provision to tackle this crisis is woefully low. We have chosen to support YoungMinds because our daughter, Florence, suffers with acute anxiety and we have waited 15 months for her to begin having regular sessions with a health professional from our local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Just this morning we received a letter telling us her appointment has again been postponed - 15 months for an eight-year-old is unacceptable. We will be releasing our exclusive, limited edition, hand dyed yarn this evening (Friday February 1st) at 19:00...

Where Were You When The Yarn Wars Started?

Well, 'Bollocks to Brexit'...that caused a bit of a stir, didn't it? I've been mulling over writing a follow up blog post for a few days and while I don't have anything to add with regards to Brexit per se, there are a few issues that have arisen that I'd quite like to address in the interests of my own sanity. If you read my previous piece, you'll already be aware of what actually triggered my idea for the 'Bollocks to Brexit' yarn in aid of the People's Vote Campaign - an interaction with a complete stranger on the internet, whereby they, for some inexplicable reason, began to attack me personally. Communicating online with people you've never met can be a minefield for some, but I've always thought it a good rule that if you wouldn't say something to a person's face, don't say it at all. I would repeat every word of my original...

Bollocks to Brexit

Yesterday I had one of the most bizarre exchanges with a stranger regarding Brexit than I have had with anyone for the last two years. I suggested that having a People's Vote now that Westminster is effectively in stalemate was a good idea, particularly given that the demographic of the electorate has changed since the 2016 EU Referendum. Older people who voted have died and thousands of younger people are now eligible to vote. As whatever happens with regards to Brexit will undoubtedly effect younger people for the longest period, I said I thought it was only right and fair that they should have a say in their nation's future. The stranger I was talking to (on Facebook) suggested (and I'm paraphrasing here) that I had told her to go away and die because older people's views didn't matter. Of course, as you can see from my explanation above,...

New Charity Yarns

In the post Brexit referendum/post Trump elected world that we are currently living in, it is often difficult to feel like you are making a difference. With an ever increasing reliance on foodbanks, the number of homeless people on our streets growing day by day, children being plunged into poverty by callous welfare reforms, a healthcare service close to breaking, the disabled being ruthlessly ignored and none of us really having a clue what to expect come March 29, the world can feel like a selfish, uncaring place. For the past two years, at least, the UK has been divided and seeds of hatred, suspicion and intolerance sown. I fear things will get worse, much worse, before they get better. For that reason, I have tried to focus on the positive whether that's creating yarns that can put a smile on someone's face, involving myself in...

Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2018 – A Year In Review

As we come to the close of another busy year at Baa Baa Brighouse, I like to take time to reflect on what we have achieved over the last 12 months. Our Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club, which was launched four years ago, has gone from strength to strength this year and now has six permanent indie dyers working for it on a rota basis. It is a blessing and a privilege to be able to work alongside such a talented and diverse team, who whilst sharing a passion for British wool, bring their own brand of uniqueness to the creative process. We began 2018 with a brand new dyer, Homespunwonders, a mother and daughter team from Sheffield, South Yorkshire., who rose to the challenge of dyeing January's yarn based on the picture, 'View Above Langsett' by Shutterspot Photography. Heather and Katie did a marvellous job of capturing the colours of the...