Now in it's third year, Yarn Shop Day, launched by Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting magazines, will be held on Saturday 30th April 2016 and is a chance to support your local independent knitting shops across the UK, as well as taking part in fun events and workshops with other like minded souls. One such shop is Backstitch at Burwash Manor in Cambridge.
Owner Alice Synge told us:
"We’re really excited to be taking part in our first Yarn Shop Day. We’ve only had yarn and yarn based haberdashery in our shop since December 2015 and so this day is a great opportunity for us to promote this new, and expanding, area. At Backstitch we really do strive to be a hub for the crafting community, so these kinds of instore events are a great way for us to engage with our customers and for our regulars to meet each other and share a mutual enthusiasm.
"To help the celebrations on the day, Backstitch will be offering 10% off all shop stock, a free cotton yarn bag with every yarn purchase, and free cake for all customers! The Backstitch studio space will be dedicated to yarn all day too with two completely free sessions: 11am – 1pm will be the ‘Social Knit and Crochet’ session – bring your current project and make some progress in a friendly, creative environment whilst having a natter and a slice of cake, then in the afternoon, 2 – 4pm, there will be a ‘Knit and Crochet Surgery’ - our expert tutors will be on hand to get complete beginners started on this fantastic skill, or to help improvers with a project they may be struggling with."
Backstitch is one of almost 200 shops taking part across the UK, offering exclusive free patterns for the Yarn Shop Day mascots Tiny the Elephant and Chris the Monkey, free learn-to-knit and learn-to-crochet tutorial sheets, and a host of other treats, discounts and workshops.
A host of great events have already been announced at participating stores across the country. Debbie Bliss, along with daughter Nell, will be signing books and offering 'an audience with Debbie' at Christine's Wool Shop in Bournville. At The Knitting Hut in Woburn Sands you can take part in a yarnbomb to decorate the shop's exterior and also see some great demonstrations, including shadow knitting and two-handed colourwork. Black Sheep Wools in Warrington has blogger Winwick Mum providing a sock surgery, plus a crochet-and-natter with Sue Pinner. Indie dyer Michelle from Woolly Wumpkins will be turning up with a campervan full of yarn at Ammonite Yarns in Pontyclun, Wales.
Those taking part, both customers and retailers, are urged to share their experiences on the day on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #yarnshopday. It's also a great way to search for what's happening in the run up to the day, as the excitement builds!
For more information visit www.letsknit.co.uk/yarnshopday