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
Laura xx 🥚 🐣😘
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
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!
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!
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)
(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
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…
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 some bubbles and some cake so if you want to come along for an “ooh” and an “ahhh” we would love to see you.
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?
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!
Ps Big thanks to www.bergeredefrance.co.uk who have donated so kindly 👍🏼
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.
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
WOOL is delighted to announce that Rowan Design Consultant Avril Best is running a day of colour workshops in the Bath store.
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.
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.
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
Or alternatively pop into store.
19 Old Orchard Street
Hope to see loads of you there
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…..
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
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.
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
Laura and the girls xxxxx