According to a report commissioned by ICHF Events this year, there are now 14.6 million crafters in the UK, of which almost three-quarters enjoy multiple crafts including knitting or crochet.
The average crafter spends ten hours per week enjoying their hobby, and it has been all over the headlines that “craft is good for you!” Most if those surveyed strongly believe that craft is increasingly important in improving wellness and wellbeing.
So bearing all this in mind, can you afford to miss an opportunity to not only indulge in a little crafty treat for yourself, but also support your local yarn shop?
This Saturday (May 12) is Yarn Shop Day.
Fronted by Let’s Knit magazine, this nationwide campaign is a celebration of your local yarn shop.
And it’s an opportunity to show you back local business, and to physically go in and support a bricks and mortar yarn shop in your area.
In an age where more and more high street shops are closing or moving online only, show them that you want them to stick around!
Day of events
The York Makery on Gillygate is hosting an exciting day of events to celebrate Yarn Shop Day.
As well as offers on yarn ranges in store, there will be free goodie bags for the first ten customers spending over £20, special tombola “grab bags” of goodies, free exclusive patterns, free badge making all day in store, and free stitch markers for each visitor.
Most excitingly however, The York Makery will also be hosting guests.
You’ll find pop-up shops from an four local crafters! Pop down any time between 10am and 5pm, and there’ll be
- knitting patterns by local designer Mrs Buttons
- crochet patterns by prolific designer and local maker Liz Ward (Amigurumi Barmy)
- and two independent yarn dyers – both Beehive Yarns and Phileas Yarns will be displaying their colourful artisan yarns, available to buy on the day.
Whether you are an experienced knitter or brand new to crochet, or anywhere in between, there will be something for everyone to squish, dream about or stash away for future.
So if you’re free, why not bring some friends, pop down to 36 Gillygate, grab some knitting or crochet supplies, and show that you support local!