Join Our Facebook Group

We have recently set up a Baa Baa Brighouse Facebook Group in conjunction with our Facebook page, so now you can connect with other Baa Baa Brighouse fans online and share projects using our yarns. The group is a place to discuss our patterns, find out which yarn shows we're exhibiting at, get details of our ever popular knit and natter sessions or simply ask questions about the shop or our products. Feel free to share images of items you've knitted using our own brands, Baa Baa Brew DK and Baa Baa Brew Marble 4 Ply, as well as projects made with commercial brands that you've purchased from us - West Yorkshire Spinners, Rowan, Erika Knight, Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding and more. We hope it will be great way for you to keep up with the latest news, exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow knitters or crocheters and that it will become a...

World Mental Health Day – How Knitting Can Help

By Elaine Jinks-Turner Tuesday October 10th was World Mental Health Day. I've been trying all week to find the words for this blog post and in the end borrowed bits and pieces from a couple of earlier ones I wrote. If you follow Baa Baa Brighouse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube, you'll probably be aware that we're big supporters of crafting as a way of coping with mental health problems. We often share stories on our social media networks about the benefits knitting, crochet and other crafts can have on your personal well-being and we're keen to see the stigma attached to mental health removed altogether. So, I'm taking the opportunity of World Mental Health Day to once again share my story in the hope that it can help others who find themselves struggling with their own demons. I set up Baa Baa Brighouse in 2014...

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...

Yarnbombing Brighouse

Brighouse Incredible Yarnbombers recently showed off their talents to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire which passed through the town earlier this month. Many members from our regular Knit and Natter Groups held at Rastrick Library and at LoveBread in Brighouse contributed to the amazing community effort knitting flowers, bicycles, strips for lamp posts and much more with which to decorate the town centre. We visited on the day the cycle race was due and captured a video of the fantastic knitted and crocheted items our town of talented crafters had made. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvvMFrhTZnE    

Monthly Themed Yarn Boxes

Have you heard about our Baa Baa Brighouse Monthly Themed Yarn Boxes? We launched these back in January as a fresh idea for 2017 and so far they are proving to be incredibly popular. Each month, inspiration for the box comes from popular culture including films, television, art, music and literature. So, for example, in January our inspiration came from the hit TV show, 'Sherlock', based on the stories of the famous consulting detective by Arthur Conan Doyle. In February, we marked the bicentennial of the death of celebrated British author, Jane Austen and our March 'Beauty and the Beast' Yarn Box was perfectly timed to coincide with the release of Disney's remake of the classic French fairytale starring Emma Watson. Boxes feature limited edition Baa Baa Brew variegated colourways reminiscent of that month's theme. Included is a 100g...