Amano Trunk Show

Every now and then there is a new yarn out that just makes your heart sing. We’ve all had it; the heart-fluttering moment when a yarn is so buttery soft and sooooo perfect for the project that’s been floating in your head.

Well, this is another one to add to the list of heart-stoppers. I just love Amano yarns!

On 9th September we will be showcasing more of the beautiful range with books, patterns and garments to show you what an amazing brand this is.

 Amano aims to “make knitting with our yarns an exceptional experience for you. 

“All our yarns are made of natural fibre and all our blends are unique. It is luxury in its’ purest form

“At Amano we have made a promise to nature. And we want to share it with you. We want to inspire you to feel the Andes the same way as we do through our yarns”

The luxury is the main reason we decided to sell these beautiful yarns in the first place and, on the 9th, there will be a chance to see more of the range (and, of course, have a squish!)

We are already proud stockists of Ayni…


And Apu (the finest, whitest, softest alpaca you ever did squeeze)…


But there’s more…

There will be, amongst others, super chunky Mamacha and undyed Eco Puna but the star of the show will be the Vicuña. 


We will have the limited edition, hand-turned boxes (all with an edition number) and two, 25g balls of undyed vicuña. It has to be seen to be believed.

We will have some bubbles and some cake so if you want to come along for an “ooh” and an “ahhh” we would love to see you.

Love

Laura x

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Saturday June 10th 2017 is World Wide Knit in Public Day. It is the largest knitter-run event in the world.


To celebrate this year we will be collaborating with Bergere de France, Knit Now magazine and Crochet Now magazine to knit squares for a brilliant charity, Knit for Peace. (www.knitforpeace.org.uk)

We have STACKS of yummy yarn kindly donated by Bergere de France and we will be hosting three in-store Knit Clubs to knit it all up.

The motto of WWKIP IS “better living through stitching together” and we couldn’t agree more!

We will be knitting as many 20cm squares as possible which will be turned into blankets for refugees.

So come along; Knit for a great cause, drink tea, chat with fellow knitters and eat biscuits-what’s not to love?

KNIT CLUBS

We will be opening our doors on Saturday 27th May, 3rd June and 10th June (which is WWKIPD). We are here all day but we will be clearing a space from 2-4pm to serve loads of tea and biscuits to anyone who wants to come along and knit a few stitches.

Hope to see you there!

Love

Laura

Ps Big thanks to www.bergeredefrance.co.uk who have donated so kindly 👍🏼

BANK HOLIDAY OPENING

Hi all

Happy Easter to you all! Hope you’ve got a lovely long weekend planned? (Who doesn’t love two four-day weeks?!?!) 

The shop is going to close for the bank hols and I will be sunning myself (probably winding-and-raining myself?) in gorgeous Devon with the boys. And of course my knitting.

Lisa and Catherine are in store on Saturday so if you need anything they’re your gals.

OPENING HOURS

GOOD FRIDAY – closed

SATURDAY – 9.30-5.30

EASTER DAY – closed

EASTER MONDAY – closed

TUESDAY 18th – 9.30-5.30
Hoping to eat as much chocolate as my body can stand…

See you soon

Love

Laura x

Colour Workshop


WOOL is delighted to announce that Rowan Design Consultant Avril Best is running a day of colour workshops in the Bath store.

Inspired by colourwork legend Kaffe Fasset, and using Rowan’s iconic Felted Tweed yarn, we will be running 2 two-hour workshops.

The cost of each workshop is £25 which is redeemable against any £25+ purchase of Rowan yarn. 

The workshops are held in our Bath store in the center of the city behind Marks and Spencer. We will supply plenty of tea and coffee and cold drinks and a yummy slice of cake. 

We will provide yarns for the workshop but please bring your preferred needle type in size 3.75mm

Each workshop is limited to eight places to maximize your time with Avril.

All tickets are non refundable.

Fairisle Techniques 

10am-12pm on 27th April 2017

Get confident working with two colours at the same time across a row as well as reading from a chart.
Intarsia Techniques 

2pm-4pm on 27th April 2017

Get confident in this technique for colour blocking as well as reading from a chart.
Please call or email to book your space

laura@woolbath.co.uk

01225 469144
Or alternatively pop into store.

19 Old Orchard Street

Bath

BA1 1JU
Hope to see loads of you there 
Laura x

The Big Knit 

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope 2017 is going swimmingly so far (three weeks in already! How?) That your Christmas knitting was gifted on time and that you’re keeping warm. 

One of my things for 2017 is not going to be losing weight or getting fit or learning to spin (well, we’ll see…)

It’s going to be hats. Mini hats to be precise. Hundreds of them. Fancy helping me?

You’ve probably seen them before, on the bottle tops of the Innocent smoothies, filling up the fridges of various supermarkets. These hats have been appearing in Sainers and Tescos et al since before Wool opened in 2010 but this year we hope it’s going to be the best year for mini hats EVER.

Innocent donate 25p for every hat that’s knitted by us and ends up on a bottle (have a scout on www.thebigknit.co.uk for details) and so far they have raised £1.9m. 

My lovely sissy works for Age UK in Bath (some of you already know this) and she has been helping me get all the kit and caboodle together to make it easy for our little shop to contribute as much as poss. And I’m hoping you might want to help too. 

So you could knit this…..


Which takes about 8 minutes!

Or if you fancy it you can knit some of these beauties…

I have loads of free patterns in store and, of course, theyre available on the Age UK website http://www.ageuk.org.uk/bathandnortheastsomerset/the-big-knit-is-back/

I know there are hundreds of great causes out there but if you could spare a few muinutes and some scraps of DK you could make an impact on people on our own doorstep.

Please feel free to drop any hats to me and the gang at the shop or to my beautiful sis in the Age UK offices on Kingsmead Square in Bath.

A huge Thank You in advance for any mini hats that wend their way to us- you are fantastic 

Loads of love

Laura (and Jemma!) xx

A Wonderful Wool-y Christmas to all…

I’m a huge fan of Crimble. More so now I have two tinies of my own. The sheer wonder of it all is magnified ten-fold when you see a little face light up. 

At Wool we have gone all out with Christmas in our window thanks to the amazing guys at Wild and Wool (www.wildandwool.com) . Our window has been incredible up to now but the additions of Christmassy mice and snow and snowballs and sparkly decs has pushed it into a whole new stratosphere. It really has to be seen to be believed. If you can come and see it I really recommend you do and if you can’t here’s a glimpse of the stunning little window dudes.

The little mice need a bit of a spotlight too. They are literally about 10cm high so you can imagine how incredible the tiny details really are…


So I think you’ll agree; the best window we’ve ever had! What on earth will we do next year???

On a completely different seasonal note I thought I ought to let you all know our opening times over the Christmas period. We’re only closed for a couple of extra days but just so you know which days (and can plan your visit accordingly…) they are as follows

Christmas Eve 9.30-4.00

Christmas Day CLOSED

Boxing Day CLOSED

Tuesday 27th CLOSED

Wednesday 28th 9.30-5.30

Thursday 29th 9.30-5.30

Friday 30th 9.30-5.30

New Year’s Eve 9.30-4.00

New Year’s Day CLOSED

Monday 2nd CLOSED

and then all back to normal!

In other exciting news 2017 brings us a new member of the team. (I know- there’s six of us now!!!???) I’ll fill you in in early Jan but her name is Catherine and SHE IS ACE! So exciting!

There’s nothing left now but to wish you all a fabulous Christmas surrounded by love and laughter (and maybe some prosecco?) and a healthy and happy New Year.

With loads of love and heartfelt thanks for all your woolly love

Love

Laura and the girls xxxxx

Welcome lovely Jess

Just a quick post to update you on our shiny newbie. She’s FANTASTIC! This cutie-patootie is Jess and she feels like she’s been here for ages already. 

Seriously, my face has never been so excited! 

Some of you may have met Jess before if you’ve ever popped into the Makery (www.themakeryonline.com) as she’s been working there for a while too.

I’ll grill her some more over the next few weeks and share it all on here. In the meantime, if you’re in town on a Friday, please pop in and say hi.
Love

Laura x

The Wild and Wool Window

It’s a bit of a weird feeling on the first morning it all feels a bit “autumnal”. Everything that I don’t like about autumn has an equally happy reason to love this particular season change. Darker nights means we can fire up the wood-burning stove. End of the heatwave means no more sweaty top lip. And the best reason of all: colder days means knitwear!

In this blog I’m going to show you, not my knitwear but, the knitwear of a few cute creatures in my life…


These are the beauties from the clever ladies at Wild and Wool (www.wildandwool.co.uk), Katrina and Susie.

Susie and I started chatting one day as she was browsing the shelves at Wool. There was a particular British yarn made of Masham that Susie was in love with and, when I found out it was for a mouse’s scarf, I couldn’t wait to find out more.

After many a yarn-squeeze Susie asked whether we would be interested in collaborating and making a fantastic, one-off window display using her creatures and our wool. I jumped at the chance! 

Last winter Wild and Wool were responsible for the incredible Fox windows in all the London branches of Oddbins. These metre high dapper foxes were then auctioned off for charity. 

So, after convincing the very talented Ellie from The Bolt Tree (www.thebolttree.com) to get on board we knew we were about the create something special. 

After hours of knitting, sewing and needlefelting work from all of us (and my mama too) the Friday of the window installation rolled around.

First the clever W&Wers set the scene for our autumnal gang…


We then got the troops together to work out who would go where…


And then the woodland dudes were positioned in situ. And they. Look. Sooooo. Amazing 


There are some incredible details


The window will be in place until January with a winter addition coming soon; if you follow @wildandwool in Instagram you’ll have seen a sneak peek of what’s (or should I say who’s) on its way.

Please come and see these special creatures. They are so beautiful it’s hard to do them justice here.

They will all be for sale after the season so if you’re interested please let us know in store or, better still, email the Wild &Wool guys for details.

See you soooooon

Laura xx

Ps knitted garments are made in the following yarns

Large squirrel

Bag: Felted Tweed Aran

Scarf: Kidsilk Haze

Large badger

Waistcoat: Knitcol

Scarf: Hemp Tweed

Small fox

Scarf: WoCa

Small badger 

Hat: Felted Tweed Aran

Scarf: Felted Tweed

Slipover: Scozia

Wool is hiring 

It’s a lovely thing to open our little family up to adding a newbie. Everybody who comes in loves wool of course. Most of them love Wool too (and if it’s their first time, hopefully they love us by the time they leave!)

But being able to add someone into the mix who is able to come and work with us every week is a real pleasure; especially if that person is as nutty about yarn as we are.


So who is our newbie?

He/she is hopefully a great knitter. Nobody knows everything but a reasonable amount of knitting know-how is really important. There’s a lot of yarn and pattern excitement but there’s also a lot of sorting problems, working out alternatives and deciphering abbreviations. A fair knowledge of crochet is fantastic too.

We don’t expect you to know everything and  hopefully you’ll enjoy learning new stuff as well as sharing your knowledge.

We have a certain way of doing things so an amount of flexibility to fit in with “how we do it” is key. That said we never think things can’t be improved upon so a keenness to keep on getting better, and to share that with us, would be aces.

A successful Wool-y will have to be physically able to stay on their feet all day. It’s pretty full on in the autumn and winter and we walk miles! There are stairs too and a fair bit of lifting and carrying so please take that into consideration. I can, however, promise lots of tea and a fair-few KITKATS!

Wool is a 6 day-a-week business and, although you won’t be asked to work every weekend, a successful candidate will be available for both week and weekend shifts. We don’t open on sundays or bank holidays but Saturdays are a key trading day and you will be asked to work a share of them. 

We hope that the Newbie will have some retail or hospitality experience. At Wool we pride ourselves on super service and a background in customer service is a must. We love feeling the glow beaming off another happy customer and the drive to please is a top attribute for all our team members.

Training will be given of course! But a smiley welcoming face is far more valuable than product info. It’s your personality people feel when they walk into store and its key that you’re as passionate about our customers as we are.

Toby love is also important! This soppy lab is a regular fixture and as much a part of the furniture as the sofa: a tummy rub will be a non-negotiable part of your duties.


Look at that face!!!

So does that sound like you? If so then you might want some more info…

*it’s a temporary contract with a view to permanent after April 2017

*it’s one to two days a week. There are no set days and flexibility is key. All days will be pre-arranged with your agreement well in advance of working.

*we are committed to paying the National Living Wage.

*there are a few perks of the job including a small discount on yarn (yay!) 

If you’d like to apply then please do. We’d love to hear from you. Closing date for applications is 17.09.16

Please email your cv/application to me: laura@woolbath.co.uk or drop it off in-store.

Good luck! X

How Long Does It Take To Make a Jumper?

A very good question. 

A question we get asked a lot in our shop.

It’s like everything in the 21st century: a finite number of hours in our busy busy day means those hours are precious. They must be organized and we must NOT waste them. So, for us lot who are makers, the question “how long will it take to make this quilt/soufflé/crochet blanket?” is super important to how we decide what’s squeeze-in-able.

The answer varies from knitter to knitter, garment to garment.

My latest finished object is the inspiration for this post. It’s a four ply tweed cardi that I started in 2013. 

February 2013. 

That’s over three and a half years ago. And there are still ends to sew in as you can see.

When I chose it, Rowan’s Fine Tweed was a new and exciting addition to the collection; bobbly and tactile, with a colour range to die for. I loved the green and chose the other colours to compliment. 

I took it on the plane to New York and knitted two rows before I realized I’d forgotten the pale pink. So I (foolishly, impatiently) decided to repeat the burgundy in its place and carry on knitting. I simply couldn’t bear the idea of 7 hours on a flight with no wool. This was the beginning of the falling out between me and the cardigan…the outcome was inevitable.

Then, in April, I found out I was Preggo! Joy of joys I was going to be a mama! The thing I’d hoped for and longed for was on its way and, what was to become little Joey, made me fat and happy and very uninterested in knitting (let’s blame the pesky hormones!)

I had the back and half a sleeve finished and, basically, I shoved it in the back of a cupboard. 

So I think I also need to tell you at this point that I had completely fallen out of love with my colour choices. This, added to the fat belly, then the subsequent little person, meant I was happy to forget about the sad little beginnings of a cardi.

Ted followed quickly and the knitting mojo was well and truly comatose. I knew it was always going to return and sure enough, as long as it was garter stitch, the love for the knitting came back at full force.

In January I decided to finish everything half done. This included the dreaded, small-needled, bad-colour-choice, old-fashioned-looking four ply cardi.

While I finished it off I went through all sorts of emotions; nostalgia at the thought of knitting pre kids. Boredom and dislike at the colour choices I’d made. 

But also, slowly, a new respect and appreciation for the beautiful yarn and classic simplicity of the garment I was knitting. 

Wait a sec…. I think I quite like this cardi!

So, here it is. Finished. Loved. The Buttons are  on, a few ends left to hide and I love it again.


The buttons are adorable and I’m all of a sudden so proud of this hand-knitted beaut.

So, in answer to the question, it takes as long as it takes. It can take four weeks; it can take four years. There is a journey each and every garment will take you on and there’s no way of knowing which way your new project will travel. 

Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride.

Love

Laura x