Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and much restorative knitting and crochet to all our friends and followers.
Nearly October half term already…
Yarndale already seems a long time ago, though I’m still planning a blog essay on the subject (watch this space!)
The last Formby market of the season has been and gone
Our latest crochet classes are nearly over
So what next?
Time for me to knit the gloves I’ve been promising myself! (Yes there really are three stitch holders as well as the DPNs – but I’m loving it)
But we’ve not gone into hibernation and the latest newsletter has just gone out to help you track us down. We’ll be at The Fair before Christmas at Old Christ Church, Waterloo on 25 November:
The Tuesday and Thursday Knit and Natter sessions are still going strong, and the regulars there are starting to organise outings among themselves too – you’ll have to go along to find out more!
And there are more plans brewing. Meanwhile you can still contact us direct for supplies of wool and equipment.
Flushed with success after a great day out at the Pop Up Wool Show, we’re now looking ahead to our autumn programme.
We only have a few weeks left to go on Formby market, which is scheduled to run till the end of September (but please remember, our stall won’t be there on 1st Sept). I’ll be bringing down some thicker, warmer yarns as we all start thinking of winter projects; and of course plenty of colourful options for those Christmas socks!
Our first courses of the season are already programmed in – see full details on our Groups and Courses page. We’ve had a lot of requests for Saturday classes so we’re trialling a Saturday lunchtime slot for the beginners’ crochet course, as well as evenings both for beginner and refresher crochet courses.
And we’re all looking forward to Yarndale on 24 September- a much bigger bus this year, already pretty much fully booked (though it’s always worth checking in case a space becomes available at the last minute!)
My Fridays are now settling into a new pattern, and I have to say I’m enjoying it (all apart from the early start!) The Good Wool Shop has a new incarnation as The Good Wool Stall on Formby market, and we have a regular pitch opposite Boots the Chemist. On sunny days especially there’s a real continental buzz about the village, with lots of people coming in to meet friends, stop for coffee and browse the stalls. It’s lovely to see former shop customers again and I’m enjoying getting to know new Friday regulars and occasional visitors too. Obviously I can’t take all my stock down every week so I’m ringing the changes, with a different “clearance offer” every Friday and varying selections of yarn and other items.
The market official hours are from 9am – 4pm, though naturally with setting up and packing away I’m there before and after those times. Please note that because of family holidays there will be no Good Wool Shop stall on Fridays 4 and 11 August, nor on 1 September.
As last year, we’ll be having a stall at the PopUp Wool Show in Port Sunlight on Saturday 19 August. This will be a chance to buy some of our more specialist and luxury yarn, with some unrepeatable special offers. The Show makes a great day out as it’s held at the beautiful Hulme Hall, with the Port Sunlight museum, gallery and tea shop just round the corner.
We’ve come to the end of this season’s workshops and courses, but one-to-one tuition in knitting and crochet can still be arranged – just ask! And the Knit and Natter groups carry on whatever the weather.
Now that spring is really here, how about stretching those mental muscles and turning your hooks and needles in new directions? Our spring and summer programme is full of events and workshops to give you a taste of things you may not have tried before.
There are more details on the Groups and Courses page, but here are some highlights:
In May we have new beginners crochet courses starting on Friday afternoons and Thursday evenings, we’ll be having a stall at the craft fair at Formby Library on Saturday 13th and an informal workshop/get-together on Sunday 21st.
June will be a big month, with The Big Woolly Weekend on 10/11th – we’ll be celebrating World Wide Knitting in Public Day on 10th with a Pic Knit in Fomby Pool gardens, followed by a spot of yarnbombing to leave our mark! Then on Sunday 18th a small group will be heading down to Siobhan’s Crafts to try our hands at dyeing.
A short refresher crochet course will start on June 29, July will bring the Formby Festival on 15th and 16th where we’ll have a stall and lots to do…
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-date news or sign up for our newsletter for info direct to your inbox. And don’t forget you can still order yarn, books and needles by email or by phone on 07789 128127.
This is a very sad post to have to make, but The Good Wool Shop at Derbyshire’s will be closing in two weeks time.
We have made a wonderful thing in this little shop. I am immensely proud of the reputation we’ve built and feel very privileged to have been able to supply the raw materials for so many fabulous creations. It’s been a joy to help people learn new skills and to see the buzz they have got from their achievements. I’ve met so many lovely and creative people and have been happiest of all to see friendships being forged and a warm and woolly community developing. I believed from the start that God had a hand in this all and I remain sure that is true.
I am hugely grateful for the support I’ve had from customers, suppliers, Formby crafters and other local businesses, but I owe most of all to Irene who helped this total novice launch into the world of haberdashery and to Jill, who gave me advice and encouragement from the start and who has become my indispensible right hand woman. We couldn’t have managed either without our marvellous regular tutors Jan, Danielle and Paula.
All these wonderful and positive things however do not pay the bills, and the overheads and staffing costs even for a small shop are high. Much as people in Formby may have wanted somewhere to buy sewing thread and velcro, and wool lovers from further afield may have appreciated having a range of lovely yarns to visit, the raw truth is that without more people spending more money more regularly shops like ours cannot survive. Exclamations of delight about the variety of the range and the quality of the yarn may gladden my heart but they don’t pay the rent.
So on 18 February we will be shutting up shop for the last time.
That won’t however be the last you hear of us. Regular customers will already know that our groups, classes and workshops will continue. There will be a trip to Yarndale and we’ll have stalls at events like Formby Live to share ideas, teach techniques and sell lovely British yarn. This website and the Facebook page will stay live. If you want to be part of this ongoing community, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter – there’s a link on the Facebook page and will soon be on this site too. That way you can keep up to date with where you can find us next.
For the next two weeks you can still browse the shelves in our Derbyshire’s section and you will find some great sale bargains there while stocks last. Come and see us soon, and keep in touch.
Christmas has crept up on us as usual…
I know some of our wise customers were well ahead, like Edna who has delighted me throughout the year with her knitted dolls and who knitted the decorations here back in the autumn to send off to Australia.
I am not so well prepared…
If you are, like me, still seeking last minute ideas, supplies of ribbon or superchunky yarn for superquick gift projects, we can help! We can also make up bespoke packs or kits, given just a little notice.
Our Christmas and New Year opening hours are:
up until 24 Dec, Monday – Saturday 9.15 – 5pm (closed Sunday)
24 Dec (Christmas Eve) 9am – 3pm
Closed 25, 26 and 27 December
28 – 30 Dec 10am – 4.30pm
31 Dec (New Year’s Eve) 9.15 – 5pm
Closed 1 and 2 January
From Tuesday 3 January back to normal opening hours: Mon – Sat 9.15 – 5pm. Look out for lots of bargains in our Super Sale starting 3 Jan!
We have some really exciting topics coming up in our 2017 programme, from socks to knitting revolutionary Elizabeth Zimmermann – and knitting in circles seems to be the common theme!
For starters, we have a truly comprehensive sock knitting course starting on Jan 4th. Not content with workshops on turning heels, knitting in the round or magic loop cast-ons, we’re going to do it all! Two different tutors with very different styles will teach first traditional cuff-down sock making and then the alternative toe-up version. We’ll have the chance to compare using double pointed needles with circulars and time enough to really get to grips with gussets, heel flaps and grafting. The classes run on Wednesday evenings for 6 two-hour sessions, with a celebratory meet up planned after the end of the course to compare our second socks.
Knitting the Elizabeth Zimmermann way
Then on Sunday 22 January we are delighted to be welcoming Tricia Holman, niece of the celebrated Elizabeth Zimmermann, to teach an afternoon workshop and then give an evening talk. Wikipedia describes Zimmermann as having “revolutionized the modern practice of knitting” and it seems that the craft runs in the family genes. Tricia’s workshop will concentrate on colour knitting in the round, using both left and right hands to control the different yarns. If that sounds a bit too technical for you, her evening talk will give us insights into her aunt’s whole approach to knitting and design, using examples of Zimmermann’s own work.
If knitting’s not your thing, we’ll have both morning and evening beginners’ crochet classes and we will be picking up on our Tuesday tutorials again – so there are lots of opportunities to learn something new in the New Year.
Details of the whole programme are over on our “Groups and Classes” page, or you can give us a call if you have further questions.
Flush from a busy British Wool Week, it’s time to start planning for our next event: Burscough Fibre Festival! It will be our second time at this friendly local festival and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones there. If you’re feeling creative, there’s a competition for Halloween- themed creations in wool or fabric: knit, crochet, sewn, embroidered – the choice is yours. We’ll be offering a knitting kit as one of the fab prizes.
The Festival is held at The Grove Community Centre (just opposite Burscough Tesco) from 10 – 4pm on Sunday 30 October. Admission is £1, accompanied under 14s are free
After over a year of Tuesday nights at Cafe d’Art, our Knit/Crochet and Natter group is flourishing So much so that we’ve outgrown Cafe d’Art: with more and more of us to get round the table it’s been getting a bit tight! With that in mind, and also to allow us to start earlier and get more nattering and drinking in (oh, and knitting and crocheting) we’re trying out The Lifeboat – the new Wetherspoons pub opposite Waitrose as from tonight (4 October). We’ll be gathering at 7.30pm, with Tuesday Tutorials still from 8 – 9pm. The only drawback is that we can’t reserve a table, so you may need to look around for a minute or two – but if you listen for the raucous laughter it won’t take long to find us!