WOOL IS HIRING

Are you lovely? Do you love drinking tea and chatting to random people? Are you an knitter and crocheter? Are you looking for a temporary job working with lovely creatives? Then I might just have the job for you!

Wool is looking for a super friendly sales adviser to start working here in October, and through to March, every Monday from 9.30-5.30.

Is this you?

Customer service experience is preferable but not crucial. You learn a lot on the job and we are happy to teach you the Wool Way. A fair amount of knitting know-how is key, however.

Fitness is important as we walk a few miles over the winter months and our stockroom is in the basement. Comfy shoes are a must!!! I live in Doc Martens and handknit socks all winter.

You must be happy and comfortable working with others as well as being self-motivated when called upon.

You must be able to think on your feet- I can’t tell you how many vintage patterns wander through the door needing a modern day yarn equivalent!

What do you think?

Other things that it might be useful to know

You will be processing items through the till; accuracy is important.

You will work Mondays every week but a degree of flexibility is necessary to manage the needs of the business; Wool is a six day a week business and life happens!

You will get discounts on yarn and needles (yay!)

If this sounds like you then please drop in to see us or email me on laura@woolbath.co.uk

Looking forward to hearing from you

Love

Laura (your new boss????)

LEARN TO KNIT SOCKS

Our gorgeous Fran is teaching a super sock workshop here at the shop on Thursday 30th August 2018

It’s a longer workshop to make sure all bases are covered. You will feel like a super confident sock knitter by the time we’re done with you!

The workshop covers all aspects of handmade socks; knitting in the round, DPNs (double pointed needles), turning a heel, shaping and grafting toes for a super- professional finish.

It’s important that all attendees can confidently knit, purl and long-tail cast on in order to maximize their enjoyment of this workshop and get the most out of the teaching.

The workshop will be held at the shop in central Bath. There will be tea and coffee on arrival at 10am and then we’ll work through until 12.30.

Lunch will be over the road at one of the best cafes in Bath- the Green Rocket. It will be delicious and is included in the price.

The workshop will recommence at 1.30 and we will finish at 4pm (with more tea and coffee as you need it!)

The cost of the workshop is £66 per person and it also includes sock yarn and needles.

There are limited spaces (we keep it to 6 attendees to make sure everyone gets enough attention from the tutor) so please give us a call or email me to book your spot.

Our number is 01225 469144 (open Monday to Saturday) and my email is laura@woolbath.co.uk which I check regularly.

Look forward to seeing some on you 30th

Love

Laura x

PICK UP STITCH UP

With Avril Best

Our ever popular Finishing Techniques workshop is back on here in the shop.

On 12th July lovely Avril will be here to teach you all the tips and tricks that make your finished garment look gloriously handmade (and not homemade! 😳)

The workshop runs from 10.30-1.00 and costs £25. The cost of the workshop is refundable against and purchases of Rowan yarns made on the day.

As always we will have a scrumptious selection of teas and cakes (please let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d love!) as well as lovely yarny chat.

If you’re interested please give the store a call on 01125 469144 to book your place. Spaces are limited and it’s on a first come first serve basis.

(As an aside we will be having a sock making workshop later this summer so please let us know if you’re interested and we can let you know when it’s all finalized!)

Looking forward to see you all soon

Love

Laura and the Team xx

WOOL ON TOUR

Will you look at this place? I feel so so excited to tell you I’m heading here in a couple of weeks time. This is in the Var in Provence and it’s the first time I’ve been abroad since my honeymoon in 2013. It’s also the first time my kiddos have been on a plane so, who knows how it’s going to go (*comes back down to reality a bit*)

But whatever happens this place is breathtaking and I can’t wait to get there.

The house/dog/cat sitter is all organized, I’ve bought my straw hat and I’ve changed up my Euros so all that’s left is for me to let you know how the shop will be running while I’m away.

My wonderful team will be holding the fort while I’m En Vacances. Fran, Bex and Catherine will be here every day for all your wooly needs BUT… we will be closed for the two Mondays that I’m away. So, on Monday 4th and Monday 11th June the shop will be closed all day. I’m hoping this won’t cause you all too many probs and that you’ll still be able to get anything you need.

If you have any special orders (especially Rowan which we tend to order weekly) please let us know before the 2nd June so I can make sure it’s here for you. We won’t order again until I’m back so it’s worth getting your orders in Lickety-split to avoid disappointment.

(Also I feel it fair to clarify that, although Toby isn’t coming to France, he won’t be working in the shop either. Our house sitter is My FIL and he will be lounging with both the furbabies in the garden.)

So I’m off to tricoter my little socks off and consume as much cheese, bread, pastry and vin rouge as my body can handle.

Do give me a call if you have anything you need and call the team while I’m away if you need any clarification. The shop number (for ease) is 01225 469144 and, although I will pick up my messages only sporadically, you can also email me on laura@woolbath.co.uk

Loss of love to you all mes amies

(I really need to practice eh?)

Love

Laura

Huzzah! She’s back!! 💃🏻💃🏻 Avril Best is teaching here over the next few months and we are so happy. This is the first confirmed workshop with more to come so keep your peepers peeled. So…. Two-Colour Brioche is a 4 hour andworkshop where you learn this beautiful technique to create a stunning cowl. Yarn is included and we are using the stunning #softyak from @rowanyarns You have a huge choice of colours (or you can pre-order your colour choices when you book your place) in this yak and merino DK blend. Of course there’s tea ✔️ cake ✔️ good vibes ✔️ and knitting ✔️✔️✔️✔️ When? Thursday 10th May from 10.30-2.30. Where? Here at the shop. How much? £35 per person which includes cake, tea and yarn (please bring your fave 4mm needles with you) Give us a call on01225 469144 or email me laura@woolbath.co.uk to book your place. See you soon xx #wool #woolbath #learnsomethingnew #brioche #briochestitch #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersgonnaknit #makersgonnamake #bathuk #cityofbath #southgatebath

Bank Holiday-Yay!

Just a quick “hi” and a list of the opening hours over the Easter weekend…

Good Friday – closed

Saturday – 9.30-5.30

Easter Day – closed

Easter Monday – closed

Hope you have a lovely, restful, choccy filled weekend and I’ll see you all soon

Love

Laura xx 🥚 🐣😘

SNOW DAY… maybe

Hi lovely ones! It’s really snowy here and, although we’re tough, we are closing early today (Thursday 1st March)! We’ll be here ’til 4 if you need us.

Tomorrow (Friday 2nd March) will totally depend on Joe and Ted’s nursery- if they’re open, so will we be. Check social media for updates!

Keep warm and stay safe

Love

Laura xx

WIPs

Happy New Year to all you lovely people out there!

I have spent an inordinate amount of time over the last couple of weeks looking at my forthcoming knitting projects. Maybe it’s the time off. Maybe it’s the cold weather. Maybe it’s the obscene amount of Baileys and Prosecco (although not together). Whatever it is I have spent far too much money over the last month on new project patterns.

With this in mind I thought I ought to do a recce of my current WIPs and see whether I have a snowballs chance in hell of getting any/all of my new pretties made.

Last year, in February, I had nothing on my needles except a filler pair of socks. Nothing! I know right?

I had made a pledge in 2016 to finish EVERYTHING that was half finished and, by gawd, I did! So come February I was on the lookout for a new big project that I would be faithful to (not including the socks as socks don’t really count, oui?) until the very last stitch was stitched and every end was sewn in.

I think because I had a complete blank canvas I struggled to choose my next project but, after a couple of weeks and about six tension squares I settled on Isla from Kim Hargreaves book “Grace”

It’s a huge jumper, almost a dress, and it’s two strands of mohair/silk and merino held together. Bliss! Baby pink. Perfection! Little needles. Oh! Never mind.

Anyway it’s extremely beautiful and I felt like I could be a faithful knitter to my perfect project.

I then knitted a jumper for my mum for her 65th and returned faithfully to the fluffy pink dream.

I then crocheted a baby blanket for a new mama and returned faithfully to my fluffy pink dream.

I then knitted an Erika Knight jumper in a super chunky (three weeks work!!!) and returned to my fluffy pink dream.

The came THE SUNSET HIGHWAY sweater.

That was it. Everything was thrown aside for it. I bought the pattern and cast it on on and the fluffy pink dream became a bundle in a bag at the back of the cupboard.

At this point I had convinced myself that most people have more than one project on the go at any one time. In my team I would say most of the chicks are knitting two or three side projects in case of boredom, new babies, Christmas/birthday gifts and “ooh I love that”can’t-resist-startitis. It’s normal. Enjoy that second project!!!

The trouble is, I then realized I loved Boyland Knitworks so much so I bought Camp Wilkerson. I then enjoyed top down Fairisle so much I bought Humulus by Isabell Kraemer. Then I saw the Dip-Dye Sweater by Camilla Vad and I bought that too!!! ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! Stop!!!

So here we are again. Lots of things started and bought and nothing being finished. With this in mind this is my plan of action.

Finish this hat.

Come on Laura; this is one evenings work. Just get on with it.

Finish the Sunset Highway.

Half a sleeve and no sewing up. Again, COME ON LAURA!

These socks…

Unfortunately these are a bit tight around my chunky calves which is why they are floundering. Still, they’ll make a lovely gift for someone who DID stop eating for two when they had their kids! So, again, get a wriggle on!

Isla.

Come on. She’s beautiful.

And that is my WIPs laid bare for you to judge

I have (unfortunately/fortunately??)bought the yarn for Camp Wilkerson

(hand dyed loveliness from a new indie Dyer coming to Wool in the spring )

the Dip Dye Sweater

(Italian baby alpaca from Adriafil)

…and Humulus

(Rowan’s pure Wool worsted) so I must try not to get waylaid. It’ll be hard. Especially when hubs has asked several times for a Lopi sweater….. we shall see!

Anyway, tell me what you’ve got planned for 2018 and beyond. I love hearing what you’ve got on the needles and what’s going on in your head!

Wishing you a creative and happy year of making

Love Laura x

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 👍🏼