Long before the birth of Woolfull, the three of us would have conversations about how our wool shop would look should we ever have one. So when we decided to go for it and start Woolfull we already knew we wanted a yarn shop that was unique, that offered a whole new shopping experience to yarn lovers everywhere, and we had a fair idea of the types of yarn we wanted to offer. We never set out to be just another traditional 'knitting shop' selling the usual yarns and patterns available in every high street yarn shop.
Festivals are odd things. Loads of random people brought together by a single shared interest, which in a lot of cases is the only thing those people have in common. There's even a fireball throwing festival in Scotland once a year! You can keep your Glastonbury, V festival or whatever, we're just not bothered about all that hanging round in fields pretending to have a good time. When it comes to yarn though, count us in.
We all went to Yarndale last year and had a blast. So we were very excited to go back this year for a day of wool-fondling, and yarn related chatter, where everyone is there because they love wool as much as we do (almost!).
We got there right on time, and couldn't wait to get started.
Rosie started knitting socks recently, so she was very giddy about the massive range of sock wool available. It's fair to say we got a bit fan-girl about some of the designers (Truly Hooked, Devon Sun Yarns and Cuddlebums to name just a few).
We wandered round for a whole day, with only the briefest stop for lunch (the food area was much better than last year by the way). We talked about yarn, we talked about crochet and knitting, we gave unsolicited opinions on people's yarn purchases and we accepted unsolicited opinions on hours.
We went home a good 7 hours later tired but very happy, and then spent the rest of the evening staring at our yarn hauls and grinning. We thought we were pretty reserved considering!
If you've never been to Yarndale before we can't recommend it enough.
We now have a shiny new website, with a much cleaner look, much nicer images, and a better checkout process.
We now also have Online Gift Cards, so if you’re stuck for something to buy the knitters and crocheters in your life we can fix that for you!
It's no secret that we love yarns around here, from the ridiculous superhero blanket I made a couple of years ago, to the range of patterns my step-daughter Rosie has designed from scratch after learning to crochet and being frustrated that none of the toy patterns appealed.
The last year has been one of changes, and reflections, leading to Debbie leaving nursing, and careful consideration about her future. She has always wanted to run a shop, and many times over the last few years the three of us have had the 'if we had a yarn shop' conversation. And so, Woolfull was born.
We found some premises nearby, and got to work. We changed ceiling tiles, stripped walls, painted and built new furniture, all whilst ordering supplies, signs and umming and aahing over yarns.
Mostly blogs will be posted by Mand, what with her being the technical one. Rest assured, the other two will have contributed their opinions along the way!
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