I feel like being my own Town Cryer after my discovery this weekend.
This weekend I discovered that right here, in my own home town of Wakefield, was a very decent yarn shop of which I had absolutely no knowledge!
I only found it as I searched for nearby yarn shops in neighbouring towns, online on Ravelry.
I have lived here for approximately 15 years. I have previously only come across one wool shop in Wakefield, apart from a market stall which is marginally better. In said shop the term ‘wool’ can only be used to describe the yarn it sells in very loose terms. Whilst I’m sure this particular shop would order something in for you it is hardly inspiring when faced with only pink and blue scratchy, so called ‘baby yarn’ (I would rename it ‘cry-baby yarn’ myself. I am sure no baby would choose to have it against their skin) and other bobbly stuff collecting dust you would only find in an 80’s clearance bin.
Well, this new shop, Wool n Stuff, is fab-u-lous!
I shall forgive the owner of the shop who remarked, ‘you’re a bit behind the times, we’ve been here a year already!’ I’m sure she didn’t mean it quite how it sounded; I thought I could be forgiven for not passing a shop down a residential terrace, tucked behind ‘Booth’s carpet’s’, and ‘Floors to go’ on a daily basis.
And granted, she also couldn’t help that I had to pay 60p to the meter just to park outside the shop on a residential street with no other parked cars to be seen. That is our local city parking policy for you.
I can’t help but think that this is unfortunate for a new business. I am sure that many sales made in a yarn shop come off the back of ‘just popping in for a browse’. 60p would put many people off just browsing.
I’m sure I really didn’t see a ‘you can afford 60p’ look in her eyes when I asked her if there was alternative free parking nearby.
Anyway, beyond the dubious start to this financial relationship, I’m sure to purchase many a ball/skein from this shop in the future. The stock, the choice of colours, variety of yarn, the beautiful knitted garments and samples hung around the permises will ensure many repeat returns.
I’ve not quite worked out if this is a good thing. This time I retreated with only 2 balls of merino for a pair of fingerless mits for next week’s colder weather.
Love, Lucie x
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