I count myself as very lucky to live within about an hour’s drive of the Black Sheep Craft Barn near Warrington. If you don’t live as near, keep it in mind next time you are travelling up or down the M6 as it is not far off the motorway and now has a lovely cafe and customer toilet facilities (great move!).
This isn’t me, it’s my good chum Shelley who has an even worse yarn buying habit than me. Look at that happy face. If you are in any way excited by yarn shopping then do try and plan a visit sometime, you will NOT be disappointed. I nearly get too excited and genuinely have to take deep breaths when I arrive!! I’ve yet to find anywhere with more floor space and stock that you can actually buy direct from (let me know if you know otherwise!). Compared to most yarn shops it is huge and they also have sewing and fabric supplies.
The staff at The Black Sheep are always cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful and patient. The shelves are always well stocked with 30 different brands of yarn and a great selection of pattern books, needles, hooks and other useful notions. The sales are always worth a visit, including full packs of yarn piled high at bargain prices.
On this occasion I was on the look out for some yarn to make an aran cable jacket by Debbie Bliss. Incidentally, I once met Debbie at the Black Sheep when she was there for an event, I was a bit star struck but we had a lovely yarny chat. I chose Sirdar’s Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed in shade 365 a lovely mute lime green. Slow but steady progress in being made, not bad for a mostly crochetter!
I needed loads of it so paid on the day and the full amount was posted out to me. I absolutely need to see the colour and feel of the yarn in real life and that’s why I’m passionate about supporting real life yarn shops and indie dyers.