Deafblind UK

Throughout June, we will be fundraising for Deafblind UK, with our monthly charity yarn. We have named the exclusive limited edition yarn, 'Deafblind Awareness', as Deafblind Awareness Week also takes place in June. Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility and ability to access information are impacted. This includes ‘progressive’ sight and hearing loss; where your sight and hearing may deteriorate over a period of time. Deafblindness is often also referred to as ‘dual sensory loss’ or ‘dual sensory impairment’. It is estimated that there are nearly 400,000 deafblind people in the UK. This is expected to increase to over 600,000 by 2030 due to our ageing population. Deafblindness affects people of all ages, including children and young people, but it is more common in...

Female Bodily Autonomy Or Lactose Intolerant?

Meet Florence. My daughter. She is feisty, opinionated, strong willed, stubborn and Hell would freeze over before she would ever do anything she didn't want to do. One day she will grow into a feisty, opinionated, strong willed, stubborn woman. I wouldn't want her to be any other way. But for some girls and women their ability to make up their own mind is being curtailed and their ability to choose is being removed. I of course refer to Roe v Wade and the 1973 landmark decision of the US Supreme Court to protect a woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion. That precedent is now being eroded by the right-wing religious Republicanism sweeping the US under the presidency of Donald Trump with so-called 'heartbeat bills'. So far, as many as seven states have enacted a ban on all or most abortions with a further nine states...

How Much Is Too Much?

At the moment it seems like every other day there is some new outrage on Instagram. I enjoy using the social media platform - it helps me to connect with customers, like-minded business owners and keep up to date with a variety of craft and cultural interests. At times it can be a force for great good such as the recent debate about inclusivity. This provoked many of us to analyse our own practises and make improvements to ensure that people of colour have their voices heard within the knitting community and those of us that are privileged use our privilege to help them, not undermine them. But, sadly like any form of social media, it is open to abuse and misuse. I refer to the ongoing furore regarding pattern pricing. I have been thinking about what to say about this for several days but have struggled to find words that will do it...

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...