Debbie Bliss Sale

Following the announcement this week that the Debbie Bliss brand will only be available exclusively from a large online retailer in future, we have taken the decision to sell all of our remaining Debbie Bliss stock at half price. We are fortunate in that we have only ever stocked Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran yarn, a beautiful 100% British Falkland Merino wool that is ecologically and organically produced along with supporting patterns. However, because we will no longer be able to source any future stock, it makes sense for us to clear space on our shelves and offer our customers a fabulous deal on a wonderful yarn. All Debbie Bliss patterns and books will also be half price but be warned, once they're gone, they're gone! We have enjoyed stocking Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran and are disappointed by the exclusivity deal as it now stands but...

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...

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...

What is Socktober?

So, we're a third of the way into October already and my knitter friends are frantically casting off socks, turning heels and talking about fish lips whichever way I turn. All this tootsie talk got me thinking about the origins of Socktober. A quick trawl of the internet revealed that Socktober was started by Brad Montague, creator of the web show, 'Kid President', and his family a few years ago in the USA as an annual month-long campaign designed to show people that ordinary acts of love can make a big different - starting with socks. The idea is that by partnering with shelters and homeless organisations across the USA, those involved in the campaign can help to ensure that people living on the street have access to basic items of clothing such as socks. But, of course, with the advancements in communication, the internet and the...

Yarn Shop Day 2016

It's less that a week to go until knitters, crocheters, stitchers and sewers everywhere unite to celebrate Yarn Shop Day on April 30th, 2016. Presented by Let's Knit magazine and sponsored by the British Wool Board and The Campaign for Wool, the day was originally a celebration of traditional bricks and mortar yarn shops and provided a valuable opportunity to promote all that is great about British yarn. While Baa Baa Brighouse is an online store, we will be supporting two Yorkshire craft stores in their attempts to celebrate Yarn Shop Day. The Yorkshire Makery in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, will be stocking our very own hand dyed yarn, Baa Baa Brew, especially for the occasion. The full range will be available to squish, squash and purchase along with boxes of 25g Baa Baa Brew Mini Skein Boxes. Further north in the beautiful historic city of...

The Baa Baa Brighouse Autumn Sale

The leaves are falling and so are our prices - the Baa Baa Brighouse Autumn Sale is now on! There are discounts across the store on yarn, patterns, knit kits, knitting needles, craft accessories and much more. Treat yourself to Louisa Harding's latest yarn for the season, the sumptuous Amitola Grande, a chunky self-striping yarn with the rich colour palette and softness of original Amitola. Or bag a bargain with our Handmade Stitch Markers or Herdy accessories - perfect to put away as Christmas stocking fillers. There's up to 25% off on pattern books, including Marie Wallin's latest offering, 'Autumn Collection Five', and many of our handknits are now half price. So grab a cuppa and browse our woolly store and don't forget, you receive Shepherd Reward Points every time you shop at Baa Baa Brighouse to redeem against future...

Join Baa Baa Brighouse for Crafternoon Tea!

How would you like to join Baa Baa Brighouse for a relaxing afternoon tea in the grounds of the beautiful Holdsworth House Hotel? We've teamed up with the wonderful staff at the Jacobean manor, situated on the outskirts of Halifax, to launch our very first Crafternoon Tea event. ...