Knit A Rainbow

Our charity yarn for July is called 'Knit A Rainbow' and aims to raise funds for Stonewall, an organisation that supports the LGBTQ+ community. As we reflect on 2019's Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we are reminded of how far the fight for LGBTQ+ rights has come but also how much more work there is left to do. Discussion within the knitting community has been raging for some time about the need for inclusivity and this was heightened during Pride and then again with Ravelry's recent announcement that they have banned posts in support of President Trump and his administration in a stand against white supremacy. When I created 'Knit A Rainbow', both of these events and discussion around them were occupying my mind and I think the dyed result reflects that. There has been a lot of ugliness directed at those...

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...

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...

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...

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...