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!

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 2017

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 19-04-2017

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This will be our fourth year celebrating Yarn Shop Day in association with Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines at Black Sheep Wools in Warrington. Time certainly does fly by, it has hard to believe it was 2014 when Lousia Harding kicked off the first ever day of Yarn Shop Day celebrations at the Craft Barn. For those who haven’t heard of Yarn Shop Day, it is basically a day to celebrate and support your local bricks and mortar yarn store. Local yarn shops are not so common on the high street these days. If you are lucky enough to live local to one, whether it is the Black Sheep Craft Barn or further afield, wherever you live in the UK be sure to visit on 6th May 2017.

Over the years we have had so many well-known faces of the yarn world at the Craft Barn – Emma Varnam (crochet), Cathy Wright (spinning & dyeing), Sue Pinner (crochet), Beryl Weir (weaving), Winwick Mum (sock knitting) and Crafternoon Treats (crochet). Plus, demonstrations from our talented Craft Barn team too. We always like to mix it up with a variety of interesting folk who do various crafts with yarn. This year is set to be just as fun as ever with yet another fantastic line-up……knit and crochet designer, Sarah Hatton and crochet designer and blogger, Emma Varnam.

Not only do we have all of this planned, we will also have a glass of fizz for everyone on arrival! There will be fab raffle prizes (including the Stylecraft Treasure Hunt bundle) and 50 goody bags to give away to the first 50 people to spend £20 or more in store. All procceds from the raffle will be donated to Alder Hey Hospital.

Yarn Shop Day – Sarah Hatton

Sarah Hatton is a super talented (and super lovely with it) knitwear designer. You will recognise her name from being featured in many Rowan publications over the years and in her own books, most recently Modern Mini Knits. Garments from this book will be on display for you to discover Sarah’s designs. Sarah also teaches workshops too, having taught many here at the Craft Barn in Warrington.

Knitting Tips & Tricks | 10.30am – 11.30am | 1pm – 2pm
Sarah will be holding drop-in sessions where she will be showing knitting tips and tricks that will improve the overall finish of your knits, sharing her most favoured methods of sewing up and finishing. She will be happy to answer your knitting questions and help to advise on your next project too.

Knitting SOS with Sarah Hatton | 2pm – 3pm
Bring in your latest project for a quick once over. Sarah will be on hand to help with any knitting mishaps that you might have encountered recently.

Yarn Shop Day – Emma Varnam

Emma Varnam is a crochet designer and blogger who was part of our Yarn Shop Day celebrations back in 2015 (we won Best Yarn Shop Day Experience’ in 2015). Emma is back for 2017 with even more crochet delights. She has been busy designing gorgeous crocheted characters for Debbie Bliss and having her latest book published – Cute Crocheted Animals. Enjoy taking a peek at her designs and having a chat to the lovely Emma on the day. If you have already made one of her animals bring in store, Emma would love to see!

Amigurumi Crochet How to | 10am – 11.30am | 1.30pm – 3pm

Emma will be sharing her top tips on how to create cute features for the faces of your adorable animals. A slight slip of the stitch here or another stitch there can really change the face from being happy to angry. She will also be demonstrating working in the round and how to attach limbs.

Yarn Shop Day 2015

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 07-05-2015



Saturday saw the second ever Love Your Yarn Shop Day in association with Let’s Knit magazine. We were ever so excited in the run up to yarn shop day as we had some real treats in store for our customers, including spinning, amigurumi crochet and sock knitting. The day itself did not disappoint, it was fantastic to see the shop bustling with customers and the demos being watched with eager eyes.

yarn shop day 2015


The day started with Blogger Winwick Mum, aka Christine holding a sock knitting clinic. Christine was on hand to offer advice to sock knitting newbies, helping folks get over the fear of SSS (second sock syndrome) basically having just one lonely sock lying around waiting for a second sock that will never get knitted.

yarn shop day sock knitting

Winwick Mum is holding a sock along over on her blog, where she will be working through the anatomy of a sock week by week. This is a fail safe way for all beginners to get to grips with the art of sock knitting. Take a look and join in the fun over on Winwick Mum‘s blog.

yarn shop day 2015 sock knitting

yarn shop day sock


Throughout the day Black Sheep Stacey was showing off her party trick – arm knitting. Here she is during her afternoon demo of the really quick knitting technique. You will have a scarf knitted up in no time at all! Stacey is using DY Choice Chunky Chain.

yarn shop day 2015

yarn shop day 2015

Cathy Wright was in our workshop room demonstrating spinning and dyeing yarn. She was very popular throughout the day and had her dyed hank of yarn blowing in the wind outside to dry. It was lovely to see the traditional methods behind the yarn. Cathy made dyeing your own yarn look so easy. The colour stripes she created were magnificent.

yarn shop day 2015 spinning

yarn shop day 2015Beautiful wool top ready for spinning.

yarn shop day 2015

yarn shop day dyeing

yarn shop dayCheck out the vibrant colours in this freshly dyed hank!

hand dyed yarn by Lazykate

Cathy and Christine (Winwick Mum)


In the afternoon we had a quick change around ready for designer and blogger Emma Varnam. She brought a whole host of cute, crocheted characters with her including the fabulous beach hut doorstop she made for Inside Crochet magazine.

yarn shop day 2015

Emma happily signed copies of her books – How to Crochet and Crocheted Keyrings and Charms, whilst giving tips on crocheting amigurumi toys.

yarn shop day 2015

yarn shop day 2015

yarn shop day 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported Love Your Yarn Shop Day. We are already starting to think what we can do for 2016!

You can now watch our video montage over on our YouTube channel.