Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm
For a truly British yarn souvenir, plan a visit to Fine Fettle Fibres during your holidays! A champion of artisan yarns and local designers, the shop specialises in British and fair trade yarns in natural fibres, including a selection of local hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns. The shop stocks patterns from local professional designers, and yarn brands include Baa Ram Ewe, Blacker, Cambrian Mountains Wool, Erika Knight, Garthenor, Jamieson & Smith, Walcot Yarns, Whistlebare, BareFaced, Natural Born Dyers, and Manos del Uruguay. Owner Judith Goodfellow offers support for customers as well with knitting groups and workshops. Just a mile off the A1, nearby is Alnwick Castle, Northumbrian beaches and Howick Hall. Fine Fettle Fibres is part of Gallery 45, a shopping area dedicated to craft-related businesses.
The Old Robin Hood, Southmoor Rd, Brierley, Barnsley S72 9HA
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Wool Couture sells their own-brand extreme yarns for giant knitting and crochet projects: Cheeky Chunky, Baby Beau, Gentle Giant, Epic Extreme. Wool Couture is located between the M1 and A1, for those travelling on either road. Nearby is Newmillerdam Country Park.
Lucy Locket Land
53 Dovedale Road, Seaburn, Sunderland SR6 8LP
Mon 10am-3pm, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm,
Lucy Locket Land is more than just a shop: it is a meeting place and creative hub where ideas and enthusiasm are shared. The overriding ethos of the shop is a sense of community and that crafting helps – mentally, emotionally, physically. The kettle is always on, visitors are encouraged to sit and chat about their influences, interests, projects and plans and leave as friends. Owner Lucy McKelvey stocks all natural fibres and mostly small UK producers: her own Lucy Locket Land Yarns, Jamieson & Smith, Jamieson’s of Shetland, alpaca from The Border Mill, alpaca from individual animals, Adriafil and Opal sock yarn. Also in shop is a range of locally produced art and craft items.
England – North West
BlackSheep Wools’ Craft Barn
Warehouse Studios, Glaziers Lane, Culcheth, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 4AQ