There Ain’t Gonna Be Any Middle Any More Total

We have donated $25 to The Vitalogy Foundation - funds raised from the sale of our exclusive limited edition yarn, 'There Ain't Gonna Be Any Middle Any More'. We created the colourway to show solidarity with Pearl Jam and artistic expression, particularly that which questions the establishment. Many thanks to everyone who supported our initiative, it is very much appreciated.

Deeds Not Words Total

We're delighted to announce that the final total raised for Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company with out exclusive 'Deeds Not Words' hand dyed yarn is £120. A big thank you to everyone who supported out initiative and purchased the limited edition yarn in aid of the registered charity, which was set up in memory of the late Jo Cox MP. All of the youngsters involved in this year's project showed nothing but hard work and dedication. The final production was a true testament to their talent.

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...

When Knitting Is Not Enough…

I've been trying to find the words to write this blog post for days. The first few lines have been written and deleted so many times I've lost count. The problem is I can't quite comprehend the subject matter. I never thought the normalisation of right wing extremism was something I would ever have to address in my lifetime, or my children's lifetimes. Yet, here I am. Over the past few weeks I've read with abject horror and disgust the stories coming out of America, of children torn from their parents' arms on the Mexican border, separated and kept in squalid, inhumane and undignified cages. And I've read stories, many stories, of fellow yarn shop owners and indie dyers like Truly Hooked, trying in the only way they know how to help the dire situation by raising funds for organisations such as Raices - the Refugee and Immigration Centre...

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...

Speciality Yarn Boxes

Here we take a closer look at our speciality yarn boxes which have become more of a regular feature here at Baa Baa Brighouse during 2018. Our speciality boxes are exclusive and are only available for a limited time period from when we open and close sign ups. They celebrate special periods and occasions throughout the year and always include 200g of Baa Baa Brew DK 100% British Bluefaced Leicester yarn hand dyed in a unique colourway. Each box also contains a range of superior quality gifts, many from fellow Yorkshire based businesses such as The Yorkshire Soap Company, Betty's, Taylor's of Harrogate, Lottie Shaws, Lucy Pittaway and Kate Broughton to name a few. Our most recent box was our May Day Yarn Box which featured a one-off colourway, 'Maypole Ribbons'. Boxes also featured lots of lovely goodies based around the May Day...