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...

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...

We Show Solidarity With Pearl Jam

Anyone who knows me (Elaine), owner of Baa Baa Brighouse, will know two things about me: 1). I am politically unafraid 2). I have loved Pearl Jam from the first and always will. It would appear that my favourite Seattle based band has been causing somewhat of a stir with their latest concert poster depicting a burning White House and the skeleton of President Donald Trump being pecked by an eagle. Love it or loathe it, the collaboration between bassist Jeff Ament and Bobby Brown is art.  It is often said that art mirrors life, if that is true then perhaps people shouldn't be offended by a picture but should be offended by reality. I know I am. I've spent a good few hours trawling the very bottom of the internet (and by that I mean the comments section on any news story mentioning the band's artwork).  Mostly I found outraged...

The Carnival of Resistance Total

Baa Baa Brighouse is proud to announce that our 'Carnival of Resistance' yarn has raised a total of $126 for the American Civil Liberties Union. A massive thank you to all who helped us achieve this and bought a skein or two of our limited edition colourway. The colourway was created in response to President Donald Trump's visit to the UK in July. We were personally unable to show our protest to his presidency by joining the hundreds of thousands of people who marched through our streets and thought there must be many others in a similar position. Our colourway allowed those people to register their dislike whilst raising money for an important cause that helps to fight injustice for immigrant families in the United...

Tits Out Collective Total

Baa Baa Brighouse is proud to announce that with your help and support we raised a total of £189 for the WomenCentre through Countess Ablaze's Tits Out Collective initiative. Thank you all so much for purchasing our version of 'If I Want Exposure I'll Get My Tits Out'. And if you haven't heard, the 287 creatives that took part in the Collective raised an astonishing £55,219.35 worldwide for charity! The Tits Out Collective was formed as a result of negative experiences involving misogyny and then plagiarism. Instead of reacting angrily, Countess Ablaze decided to turn the episode into something immensely positive. She offered indie dyers and makers worldwide the opportunity to collaborate with her on a charity project and the result is truly a testament to the power of the creative community when it works together towards a common...

Deeds Not Words

July has been an exciting and inspiring month for Baa Baa Brighouse. Our involvement in the Tits Out Collective has, at the time of writing, raised a fabulous £171 for the WomenCentre, based in Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury and worldwide I suspect many thousands have been raised for similar worthwhile causes. Our 'Carnival of Resistance' yarn has so far raised £84 for the American Civil Liberties Union to help defend the rights of immigrant families in the US. But this August we are asking again for your help. This time we are supporting a cause that is very close to our hearts - the Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company. The Company was formed in 2017 by award-winning West End director, Nick Evans, as a creative response to the devastating murder of Jo Cox MP, which shook not just the community of Batley but the country as...

The Carnival of Resistance

President Donald Trump is due to arrive in the UK on Thursday (July 12th) for a state visit. The very idea that he will be here by invitation sticks in the throat. For Prime Minister Theresa May to call herself a feminist and then entertain such a man is an insult to feminists everywhere. Of course, she will site diplomacy, international relations, the 'special relationship', but we all know she's really just shitting herself that come March 2019, the UK will crash out of the EU with no Brexit deal and will be desperate for trade deals with any Tom, Dicktator and Harry. That's why she was the first to go running to him following his inauguration - it's enough to make one vomit. Anti-Trump campaigners have promised to meet his visit with a 'Carnival of Resistance' with massive protest marches planned in London and other pockets of...

We Join The Tits Out Collective

Baa Baa Brighouse has joined the Tits Out Collective. Allow me to explain... Earlier this year, Countess Ablaze, a Manchester based indie dye business was approached by a restaurant wanting to 'collaborate' on a crochet evening. They expected the Countess to provide £800 of yarn for free along with her teaching time - a total cost in excess of £1,000 in return for 'exposure'. The restaurant claimed it would be a charity event. They went on to say that the customers would be "middle aged women who'll bring their girlfriends, we can serve them shit tea and tray bakes which would cost the restaurant very little but the ROI would be massive." In response to the outrageous and misogynistic attitude displayed by the restaurant in question, the Countess introduced two limited edition colourways called 'Shit Tea and Tray Bake' and 'If I Want...

Wild About Wool

Looking for something to do this Sunday? Then why not join Baa Baa Brighouse at Wild About Wool, a pop-up yarn market which will be held at The Watershed, Slaithwaite in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. As well as showcasing a host of local producers and suppliers of yarn and accessories, there will also be a stash bash, knit and natter area, pattern reference and informal demonstrations. The event, on Sunday April 22nd, will be open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm and is completely free to attend. We'll be taking along a selection of our own brand yarns  - Baa Baa Brew DK, Baa Baa Brew Marble 4 Ply and Baa Baa Brew Blends along with yarns from Rowan, West Yorkshire Spinners, Erika Knight and more. Our range of accessories will also be available including stitch markers, knitting needles, crochet hooks and a wide selection of patterns...