Yarn Shop Day 2019

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 10-04-2019

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With Easter only a week away, we thought it was about time we shared full details on Yarn Shop Day 2019! This year Yarn Shop day will be taking place on Saturday 27th April. Yarn Shop Day is a super idea thought up by the lovely folks at Let’s Knit magazine. A day to support your local bricks and mortar yarn shop. We have taken part since the very first year, way back in 2014. If you can’t make it to the Craft Barn in Warringon (find our location here), be sure to support your local yarn shop on the day and see what plans they have up their sleeve.

We have a 3 fabulous guests coming to make the day extra special. Drum roll please…….

Jem Weston – author of The Knitted Nursery Collection and Cute Comfort Knits will be with us for the day. Jem will be sharing her workshop tutor expertise hosting Jem Weston‘s Finishing School for knitters. A variety of drop in sessions to help perfect that professional finish on all your future knitting projects. There will be a few pairs of knitting needles and yarn to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.

10am – 11am | Shaping, covering increases and decreases
11.30am – 12.30pm | Mattress Stitch – if you wish to take part in this session please bring along 2 knitted stocking stitch squares approx 10cm x 10cm.
1.30pm – 2.30pm | Picking up stitches
2.30pm – 3.30pm | Sewing up drop-in clinic

Cathy Wright will be on her spinning wheel in the shop. Demonstrating the transformation from fleece to beautiful hanks of yarn. Have a go yourself and try a new skill!

Emma Varnam – crochet designer and award winning blogger will be joining us from 10am – 2pm. She will be holding amigurumi drop-in sessions at her table. Sharing her top tips on crocheting characters, including how to know where to stitch on eyes and nose! Have you seen Emma’s latest book Crocheted Succulents? We hoping she will be bringing one or two of those prickly creations with her too!

Melanie Boocock (our Rowan Consultant) – will be teaching how to crochet a heart brooch in Rowan Super Fine Merino 4ply. Melanie will be holding drop in sessions from 10 – 2pm.

Yarn Shop Day 2019 | Black Sheep Wools

See you there for Yarn Shop Day 2019!

Upcoming Events at the Craft Barn

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 15-02-2019

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If you are picking a date to make a trip out to the Craft Barn, then be sure to check out the events below before you set out. We have lots of events coming up very soon.

Crochet & Natter Afternoon Tea with Lilla Bjorn
Friday 1st March 2019 2pm – 4pm | £19.95 Book Online

Crochet designer and Scheepjes blogger, Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn will be here for afternoon tea. Bring along your crochet and join her for a relaxed natter.

Meet & Greet with Lilla Bjorn
Saturday 2nd March 2019 | 9.30am – 11.30am | Free to attend

Meet the designer behind the blog Lilla Bjorn, Tatsiana. She will be in store for the morning sharing her crochet expertise.

Rowan New Season Launch
Saturday 2nd March 2019 | 10am – 3.30pm | Free to attend

Join us for our Rowan new season launch day in our fabulous Rowan Flagship area in store. Take a look at all of the new yarns and publications for summer, come along and try out the yarns, have a glass of bubbly and a natter to our Rowan Consultant Melanie about the new launches. Plus, there will be 10% off all Rowan yarns!

Attic24 at the Craft Barn
Saturday 16th March 2019 | 10am – 4pm | Free to attend

Black Sheep Wools are delighted to announce that World famous crochet designer Attic 24 will be joining us in the Craft Barn on Saturday 16th March 10am – 4pm. Come along and meet Lucy, be inspired by her beautiful designs and incredible use of colour. It promises to be a fabulous day of crochet and chat. There will even be some Yorkshire inspired treats and a raffle of some of Lucy’s most famous kits.

James McIntosh Knitting & Mindfulness
Saturday 23rd March 2019 | 10am – 4pm | £5 per ticket (donated to MIND)

James McIntosh will be at the Craft Barn giving two talks on ‘Knititation’. Hear first hand how knitting saved his life when he was suffering from a severe depression. James promises you a day of laughter, love and anecdotes.  Dr Thomas Ernst FRCP will finish the talk with a mindfulness practise, explaining how being present (while knitting and when not knitting) leads to wellness.
Tickets for the morning talk are now sold out.
Book a ticket for the afternoon here – Knitting & Mindfulness Talk
James is the author of the book ‘Knit and Nibble‘. This book features knitting patterns, cake recipes and information on knititation: a mindfulness practice developed by Dr Thomas A. Ernst FRCP.
All ticket sales will be donated to the mental health charity MIND.

On the day we will also have Lynne Rowe in store sharing her top tips on mindful knitting and crochet. Come along and chat to Lynne, she will demonstrate how to knit and crochet in a mindful way. Pick up a leaflet to take away full of advice. Lynne practices mindful techniques when crafting and she also teaches workshops on the subject. Book a place on Mindful Crochet at the Craft Barn this May.

Yarn Shop Day
Saturday 27th April 2019 | 10am  – 4pm | Free to attend

Join Jem Weston‘s ‘Finishing School’ for a drop-in session. Jem will be covering various knitting finishing techniques throughout the day.
10am – 11am | Shaping, covering increases and decreases
11.30am – 12.30pm | Mattress Stitch
1.30pm – 2.30pm | Picking up stitches
2.30pm – 3.30pm | Sewing up drop-in clinic

Cathy Wright will be in store for the day spinning. Demonstrating how to spin yarn from fleece using a spinning wheel.

Emma Varnam, crochet designer and award winning blogger will be joining us from 10am – 2pm. She will be holding amigurmi drop-in sessions at her table. Sharing her top tips on crocheting characters, including how to know where to stitch on eyes and nose!

British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 27-09-2018

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Super duper news to share folks! The results have been announced from Let’s Knit magazine for the British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2018. We have very proud to share that we have won –

Black Sheep Wools also came Highly Commended for Best Crochet Store. What a spectacular set of results! A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us. It really does mean a lot and has us all grinning from ear to ear! We all enjoy sharing our passion for knitting and crochet with you, whether it is in store or online. 

A special thank you must go to Emma Varnam, Christine Perry (Winwick Mum) and Debbie Tomkies for making Yarn Shop Day a massive hit once again. You brought amigurumi crochet, sock knitting and hand dyeing into store for a fun filled day!

British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2018


Yarn Shop Day 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 18-05-2018

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We had a magnificent day at the Craft Barn on Saturday for Let’s Knit Yarn Shop Day 2018. There was all sorts going on in store. Emma Varnam was surrounded by colourful crocheted delights teaching mini crochet classes, Christine Perry (Winwick Mum) shared her top tips on sock knitting, Melanie Boocock (our Rowan Consultant) taught customers to knit and Debbie Tomkies filled the workshop room with a rainbow of colour showcasing her dyeing skills. Thank you so much to all of our special guests for making the day so fabulous!

If you couldn’t make it to the Craft Barn, we hope you managed to visit your local yarn store. There aren’t as many of us around these days and that’s what is so good about Yarn Shop Day, showing the love for your local bricks and mortar yarn store.
There is something so wonderful about entering the Craft Barn full to the brim of irresistible squishy balls of yarn. Your creative juices are ignited and your yarn stash wish list begins to increase before your very eyes. It is a place to meet fellow knitters and crocheters, chat to our super talented staff who are able help out with planning your next project or solving a knit or crochet puzzle and generally immerse yourself with inspiration from every angle.

On the day Emma Varnam and Christine Perry took over our Instagram account to share Yarn Shop Day through their eyes. Here are some of the photos below. There was a glass of Prosecco for everyone, Stylecraft goody bags and fab raffle prizes too.

Yarn Shop Day 2018 | Black Sheep Craft Barn

Emma Varnam brought in all of her Cute Crocheted Animals to visit for the day.

Winwick Mum ready for sock knitting!

Debbie Tomkies brought an array of fabulous hand dyed hanks to showcase the incredible shades you can create.

Yarn Shop Day 2018

I hope you don’t mind Christine, but I have taken this shot from your blog. A great photo of Melanie in action teaching a group of ladies how to get started knitting.

Pop on over to Emma’s blog to read her run down of the day and Winwick Mum‘s too. They have both written lovely posts about their day.

We hope to see you again next year!

Yarn Shop Day 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 12-04-2018



Yarn Shop Day 2018 is only a month away and we can’t wait to tell you about what we have planned. This year we have knitting, crochet and yarn dyeing on the agenda. If you haven’t visited us at the Craft Barn on Let’s Knit Yarn Shop Day before then make sure that you mark Saturday 12th May in your diary as busy. There is always an extra buzz of excitement in the air with lots going on, a mix of customers old and new discovering their local yarn shop. If you don’t live nearby then do find out what your local Yarn Shop have planned. I’m sure they will have something fun up their sleeve. Stay up to date on the day via our Instagram. Winwick Mum and Emma Varnam will be doing an Instagram take over, showing you Yarn Shop Day 2018 through their eyes. Take a look on our Craft Barn page to find your way to us.

Yarn Shop Day 2018

Yarn Shop Day 2018

What is happening at the Craft Barn?


Emma Varnam – Crochet
Crochet expert Emma Varnam will be sharing her skills doing mini drop in sessions throughout the day. Learn how to master amigurumi crochet in the morning and then discover how to do a crocheted granny ripple in the afternoon. The ripple effect is fabulously displayed in Emma’s latest pattern, exclusive to Black Sheep Wools. Find the Scheepjes River Washed and Stone Washed blanket pack here. Emma will also be surrounded by copies of all four of her crochet books. There is something for the beginner through to the well seasoned crocheter.

Amigurumi Crochet Technique – 10am – 12pm | Crochet Ripple Effect – 1pm – 3pm

Emma says – “Every year I love being part of Yarn Shop Day. It is lovely to meet so many lovely people and share our passion for yarn – the cake at Black Sheep Wools is also fabulous!”

Winwick Mum – Sock Knitting
Christine Perry is the blogger behind Winwick Mum. She is your go to lady when it comes to sock knitting! On Yarn Shop Day Christine will be on hand to offer advice with knitting socks. She will be holding two drop-in sessions, one in the morning and then one in the afternoon.

Winwick Mum (Christine Perry) 9.30 – 12pm | 1pm – 2pm

Christine says – “I’m delighted to be a Yarn Shop Day Ambassador for this year’s Yarn Shop Day, and also to be back at Black Sheep Wools – is there anything better than a local yarn shop that has fabulous cake as well as fabulous yarn?!

I’ll be around to answer any questions you might have on sock knitting, whether you want to get started or you’re well on the way to filling your sock drawer with lots of gorgeous hand-knits.  There will be an opportunity for you to try out different sock needles to find the one that’s just right for you, and to squish lots of yarns – Black Sheep Wools has a great range of sock yarns – so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice!  I’ll also be signing copies of my book, Super Socks, so there’s no excuse to not have some socks on your needles!

It’ll be great to see you on Yarn Shop Day – do come and say hello and show me your socks – even if they’re on your feet!”

Debbie Tomkies – Yarn Dyeing
Debbie will be set up in our large workshop room doing yarn dyeing demonstrations. Enjoy watching the magic happen as she plays with colour and creates amazing yarns.

Debbie Tomkies 10.30am – 12.30pm | 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Melanie Boocok – Beginners Knitting
Our in store Rowan Consultant, Melanie Boocock will be holding learn to knit drop in sessions throughout the day. Melanie will be on hand to teach the complete beginner how to get started knitting using Rowan Big Wool and chunky needles.

Melanie Boocock 9.30am – 2.30pm