Nominate Baa Baa Brighouse

The British Knitting & Crochet Awards are run every year by Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting magazines, and are widely recognised as the biggest and most important awards in the yarn industry. There are three stages to these awards and nominations are now open for stage one with a total of 25 categories. We would love it if you could consider sparing a few minutes of your time to nominate Baa Baa Brighouse in the best online and best independent yarn categories...or any other category you think we may fit into! Suggestions are compiled into a shortlist which is then put to the vote and the overall winners are announced at the end of September. If you take part, you will automatically be entered into a draw to win one of three fabulous woolly prizes. One lucky winner will receive a massive bundle of yarn and accessories worth £300...

Poppy Knitters – We Need You!

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we will remember them. This year we mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and Baa Baa Brighouse has teamed up with the Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers to decorate the town with knitted and crocheted poppies. Brighouse Business Initiative are busy organising a community event for the anniversary but have challenged us to poppy bomb Brighouse. We will need as many as possible along with some six inch squares in shades of green. Baa Baa Brighouse is acting as a collection point for finished donations. They can be dropped off at or posted to Baa Baa Brighouse, 11 Church Street, Rastrick, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 3NF or brought along to one of our Knit and Natter sessions at Rastrick Library or LoveBread in Brighouse. Last year, the Brighouse Incredible...

Celebrating All Things Woolly

If there is a month that celebrates wool or the crafts of knitting and crochet, then October is it. Events begin with National Knitting Week in association with the UK Hand Knitting Association, an organisation which aims to inspire the next generation of woolly crafters. This year, it is again asking knitters to support the Christmas Stocking Appeal in aid of Mind, a charity that works for better mental health for everyone. There are three patterns available on the UK Hand Knitting Association website. The stockings will be turned into Christmas decorations and sold at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate this Autumn to raise money for the chosen charity. Any stockings that are left over will be sent to care homes and hospices. Completed stockings can be dropped off at the shows or sent to UK Hand...

The People’s Fair

Baa Baa Brighouse is heading to The People's Fair this weekend to help celebrate the £19 million renovation of The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The Piece Hall, now a Grade I listed building, dates from 1779 and was originally built as a traditional Cloth Hall for the trading of 'pieces' of cloth (a 30 yard length of woven woollen fabric produced on a hand loom). It is the sole survivor of the great eighteenth century northern cloth halls, a class of buildings which embodied the vital and dominant importance of the trade in hand woven textiles to the pre-industrial economy of the West Riding of Yorkshire, from the Middle Ages through to the early nineteenth century. The Piece Hall was the most ambitious and prestigious of its type and is now considered to be one of Britain's most outstanding Georgian buildings. On...

World Wide Knit In Public Day 2017

Join Baa Baa Brighouse on Saturday June 10th, 2017 for World Wide Knit In Public Day. World Wide Knit in Public Day is the largest knitter run event in the world. It started in 2005 and is now celebrated in more than 57 different countries. Our event will be held at LoveBread Bakery in Brighouse and we will also be supporting the Big Woolly Weekend in association with Begere De France, Knit for Peace and the Jo Cox Foundation. As part of the Big Woolly Weekend, crafters are being asked to knit blanket squares that can be used to decorate towns the following weekend as part of The Great Get Together which aims to celebrate the values of Jo Cox. Afterwards, the squares will be sent to Knit for Peace. The charity, which grew out of projects in Rwanda and India to bring hostile tribes together, will then donate the knitted squares to...

We Made It!

If you've been following our Kickstarter campaign to convert the living room of Baa Baa Brighouse HQ into a bricks and mortar yarn shop, you might have already heard our fantastic news. But if not - on Saturday evening our project reached an amazing 100% funded. To everyone who has backed our Kickstarter project, we offer a heartfelt thank you. Our friends, colleagues, customers and financial backers have all been absolutely wonderful - those who have pledged and everyone who has supported us by shouting about our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else. Thank you all so much! If you were intending to pledge but haven't done so yet, you can still support us until deadline day. The campaign has three days left to run and any extra funds will be used to pay for unforeseen expenses or to restock the shop with even more...

Why Our Customers Want a Bricks and Mortar Yarn Shop

If you follow Baa Baa Brighouse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest or Linkedin, or you read the local newspapers or keep up to date with crafting magazines, you'll likely have heard about our Kickstarter project to raise funds to convert the living room of Baa Baa Brighouse HQ into a bricks and mortar yarn shop. This week, I asked supporters of the plan what it would mean to them to have a bricks and mortar yarn shop in Brighouse and why they had chosen to back the campaign. This is what they had to say: "I am so excited about this, I love knitting and would be so happy to have a shop nearby - I just can't choose wool without feeling the texture and Elaine makes colours and patterns that are amazing!" - Yasmin Fay "Good luck with your campaign! I've bought from you online in the past and had wonderful service (and...

New Baa Baa Brighouse Bricks and Mortar Yarn Shop

Baa Baa Brighouse Launches Kickstarter Campaign! Online yarn and knitting supply store, Baa Baa Brighouse, has started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a bricks and mortar yarn shop. But owner, Elaine Jinks-Turner, doesn’t plan to rent commercial premises – she wants to convert the living room of her 17trh Century cottage in Rastrick, Brighouse, West Yorkshire into a shop. The Cottage An Historic Wool Shop The building, which dates from 1602, was historically a wool shop during the 1940s, 50s and 60s and those local to Rastrick have fond memories of visiting the shop. Elaine said: “A family friend told me that his mother remembered the wool shop and used to visit it regularly as a child. So, I asked in a couple of local Facebook groups if anyone else remembered the shop and it seems it was once quite a...

Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers

Baa Baa Brighouse has teamed up with the Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers, a community group that aims to beautify the town of Brighouse through craft. The Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Brighouse on April 30th, 2017 and the Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers are busy preparing for the event by making bunting and other decorative items to celebrate. They are currently asking crafters to make lots of flowers. These can be crocheted, knitted, felted and can be any flower, any colour and of any size from 2 inches in diameter to 12 inches. Baa Baa Brighouse is acting as a drop off point for contributions. You can hand deliver or post finished items to Baa Baa Brighouse, 11 Church Street, Rastrick, West Yorkshire, HD6 3NF and we'll make sure your hand crafted flowers are passed on to the Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers to jazz up our town this...

Remember, Remember…It’s Also Wovember!

The start of November means one thing - it's time to celebrate Wovember. The Wovember campaign was started in 2011 by knitwear designers, Kate Davies and Felicity Ford, as a response to frustrations at the misuse of the words 'wool' and 'woollen' in garment descriptions, meaning that consumers often didn't know what they were buying. Wovember is continued today by Felicity and Louise Scollay, author of the KnitBritish blog and podcast with their aims being to recognise and celebrate wool heritage, educate the wider public about what constitutes wool and to campaign for clear labeling and clarity through trading standards. These issues are also important to Baa Baa Brighouse and Wovember provides an opportunity for us to highlight them and demonstrate how we support and advocate the use of 'proper' terms in our own business. From the...