Yarn Shop Love

Thursday 30th April 2020

Tags: News & Launches

We are proud members of The UK Hand Knitting Association which promotes knitting and crochet around the UK and on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have launched a campaign together with five leading craft publishers to support local yarn shops across the UK – “Yarn Shop Love” c744bbfe-6f83-11ea-b555-008cfa043684 As if doing business on the high street wasn’t tough enough, yarn shops are facing a once-in-a-lifetime challenge to stay in business during this difficult time.  UK Hand Knitting’s aim is to promote the unique benefits of local yarn shops during quarantine to the 7 million knitters and crocheters across the UK. But why do yarn shops matter? They have an important part to play  in our local communities so we really wanted to do as much as we can to support them through this challenging period. Not only is crafting a way to occupy ourselves as we spend more time at home, but there are significant and documented benefits to our mental health when we knit or crochet. Though the doors may be shut, many yarn shops are still able to offer an online or mail order service, helpful and expert advice, personal shopping on facetime, virtual craft groups and workshops, all in line with current government advice.  So why not contact yours to see what they are still able to do for you? And if you don’t have a local yarn shop why not adopt one to show your support? UK Hand Knitting has a map and regional listings of local yarn shops on their site and will also start to host virtual knitting groups twice a week to help people stay in touch and craft together, details of which will be on the UK Hand Knitting Facebook page. This crisis will pass and we want our yarn shops to be ready to welcome you back in.