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niffer
01-06-2007, 09:31 AM
Hello!

Anyone here in the UK?

If so where are you and do you live near any good yarn/equipment shops? :teehee:

Boogs
01-06-2007, 11:51 AM
Yup! I'm in N. Cornwall and my nearest decent LYS is just a hop and skip away in W. Devon.

mulene
01-06-2007, 07:33 PM
London here :) Welcome to KH.com =D

niffer
01-07-2007, 12:28 PM
Thanks Mulene - are there any good shops in the London area?

I travel that way a couple of times a year usually so that would be doable.
I live in south wales and there are a couple of market stalls but they only sell small amounts of boring yarn. :pout:

The n'interweb is great but not touchyfeely enough for me.

Bunny
01-10-2007, 06:38 AM
Hi! I'm in London. I haven't been knitting for long so don't know too many places to buy yarn, but John Lewis and Liberty, both in the centre of town, have good wool departments (John Lewis less so, lately).

I also got a good tip about a wool shop in Notting Hill lately.

Apart from that, I don't know any other places to buy decent wool, other than my local market in Fulham but that wool is super-cheap DK in boring colours!

Does anyone have any tips on other shops?

Also, does anyone go to the big stitch and bitch club, the one with the website and email newsletter etc? I've always been too shy to go by myself!

Amy

mulene
01-10-2007, 08:03 AM
OK there are a few good shops in London.

First, forget about Liberty's - I was wholly disappointed with the knitting department - it has shrunk hugely!

John Lewis - Oxford Street - big and they have moved to an upper floor (4th I think) and expanded.

Loop - Islington. Very very good but a bit pricey IMO - it is rather trendy

Creations - Barnes
Creations - Chiswick

These two shops are owned by Jean and she is brilliant. She is extremely helpful; as are her staff. They will open at off hours if you need them and they know who you are. Jean does a lot of knitting for Cancer Research UK - bags are her thing. My first felted bag I gave to Jean to sell for Cancer Research at her Dorset knit group/.

Stash Yarns - Putney. This is a recently opened store run by two women who ran the South West London Stitch N Bitch group. They decided to open a store themselves. I've not yet been to the shop but I have heard good things about it.

I heard about a shop in Notting Hill - its down the back and is actually a haberdashers. Its near Monsoon (opposite it actually) the 328 bus goes past it. I've not been in there but have seen it from the bus - hard to see in but have been tempted to leap off the bus and be late for work just so I could have a look. One day I will =D

TyroneMinx
01-11-2007, 08:01 AM
Howdy! I'm an American living in the UK -- in Northern Ireland. I moved here four and a half years ago, skipped about the place a bit, but I'm now settled in a rural community outside of the village of Gortin in Western Co Tyrone.

Lucy78green
01-13-2007, 02:38 PM
living in Belfast at the moment, sometimes work means moving all over the place though

TyroneMinx
01-13-2007, 05:35 PM
Lucy,
Good to see someone else in Norn Iron. I live out near Omagh, work in Belfast, but like you travel around for work.
Dig up anything interesting lately?
Susan

Lucy78green
01-14-2007, 03:03 PM
not really doing post-medieval at the minute - doesn't interest me that much - I live in a Victorian house so I prefer the archeaology to be older than the place I live! Belfast is mostly Victorian so any dig in the city is likely to be of that period!!

TyroneMinx
01-14-2007, 07:36 PM
I've only participated in a dig once -- L'Abbey de Hamage near Douai in Northern France -- attempting to determine the nature of monasticism prior to the imposition of the Benedictine Rule. It was my undergrad internship. It was a great six weeks. I wish it could have been longer. Thought I'd never be clean again, but two weeks on the beaches of Croatia was the perfect wind down.

Lucy78green
01-16-2007, 04:30 PM
sounds far more interesting than what I'm doing - also less cold although the past two winters have been surprisingly mild!

TyroneMinx
01-20-2007, 11:26 AM
So what are you working on?
I enjoyed "doing archaeology" and have often thought about arranging a working holiday as a dig volunteer.

Lucy78green
01-22-2007, 02:36 PM
Have you thougth about joining the Ulster Archaeological Society. Most commercially run summer digs charge volunteers but teh UAS sometimes help Queen's on their training digs and it's a good starting point for info and also for training.
I am working in Belfast city centre on the new shopping centre project - just layers no features as we are doing a small piece at a time - nothing to interesting

Lucy78green
04-13-2007, 04:07 PM
Did you go? I forgot about it until I saw it on the news tonight but I couldn't have gone anyway as I am working in Coleraine and don't get home til after 6, It's on again tomorrow though so I might drag myself out of bed!
http://kingshall.co.uk/whatson.php?mfm=detail&id=27

TyroneMinx
04-14-2007, 05:41 AM
No, I didn't manage to go.
I'm no longer working in Belfast and am currently spending all my time getting ready for two events: my mother's month-long visit starting in two weeks and my wedding on 12 May.
But, hey, I managed to finish knitting my mother a pair of bed socks for her visit.

Lucy78green
04-14-2007, 12:25 PM
I never actually made it, I was meeting my boyfriend in town and he refused to go as the thought of needle crafts didn't enthuse him! We went and watched the grand national instead - didn't win though!

tarrentella
04-19-2007, 12:52 PM
hello im a UK knitter in Stoke-on-Trent at rhe moment maybe moving somewhere else iin the summer (possibly over to N Ireland actually).
My BF is from Bangor, and while i was there i notices somthign which might be an LYS near the bus station. have either of you too ever been there or of you ever do find yourself in bangor, would you be able to find out for me?

interesting you mention archaelogy, im off on my first dig next month in the Philippines, im very exited but have no idea what to expect!

Lucy78green
04-19-2007, 02:10 PM
The Yellow pages (online) has this listed
The Wool Shop
4, Railway Court, Bangor, County Down BT20 3BU
list of wool shops in Northern Ireland

Yellow pages (http://www.yell.com/ucs/UcsSearchAction.do?keywords=wool+shop&location=Northern+Ireland&broaderLocation=&scrambleSeed=36223735&companyName=&startAt=&mqs=&targetName=&M=1&T=1&clarifyIndex=&clarifyOptions=&filterKeywords=&searchType=advance&startOoaAt=&ooa=on&ssm=&searchall=)

Lucy78green
04-19-2007, 02:23 PM
archaeology wise expect to get dirty and tired! depends on the project really, but it's a physical job and many people are surprised by that

TyroneMinx
04-19-2007, 02:41 PM
Lucy, I checked your list just to see if there's any shops my way I don't know of. There's one in Fintona, Co Tyrone, that I go to that didn't make the list. I wonder how many others there are hidden in NI.
As for the archaeology, must concur -- dirty and tired about covers it. When I was done the first dig, I thought my nails would never be clean again. Two weeks on a beach in Croatia was a great recovery tactic.

squiffy
04-22-2007, 07:29 AM
Hi

I live in Belfast now but I come from Bangor.

I can answer two questions on this thread.

Lucy - The Kings Hall exhibition wasn't great for knitters. I went with another knitter from knittingforums.co.uk and we managed to stay two hours, including coffee and buns. I think we were only there that long because we couldn't believe that the stalls had so little and we went around again to check. If you want to take up card making, then you missed a treat!

Tarrentella - The shop in Bangor had a stall at the exhibition and their stuff was nice, but there were no great bargains.

See you around.

Squiffy ... hic ...!

:oops:

Nobones
05-20-2007, 10:37 AM
I live in Newport South Wales, (where they film Dr Who). I've got a couple of yarn stores in my town centre but they tend to stock mainly cheap stuff and no top quality what so ever.

ritaw
05-20-2007, 02:06 PM
Hi Nobones,

It is mainly depaqrtment stores or buying off the internet.

I used to live in Newport. My father in law is still there and he gets those cheap 400g balls from shaws. Not bad for 2 lol

I use them for making toys .


Rita

Nobones
05-20-2007, 02:16 PM
I made my first blanket from that stuff, it's not bad. My cat liked sleeping on it and we've never had it back. Where in Newport did you live?

ritaw
05-21-2007, 06:57 AM
I lived in underwood,LLanmartin and then had a house in rogerstone where morrisons is.

Loved it there. but had yo move back to london because of husbands work.



We visit often so my son can see his grandad.

Nobones
05-21-2007, 08:42 AM
I live by Tredgar park just off j28. Next time your down you could pop in. I'd love to meet a fellow kf fan. If your son is a fan of Dr Who, he would be able to meet Rosco, our fully functioning life sized Dalek.

ritaw
05-21-2007, 12:54 PM
Thanks Nobones.

I might take you up on that offer . He would be really made up.


Rita

Khadsknits
05-21-2007, 07:30 PM
Hi, I'm in sheffield and I've just joined this forum. I'm finding it a little bit overwhelming. Glad to know that many are from the uk too! I love knitting have always done it just never taken on any big projects and i struggle with patterns! so still lots to learn.:notworthy:

hotstyles
05-24-2007, 05:43 AM
Hi, Stevenage here. There is a good stall on the in door market with a very helpful lady. also lot's of shops seem to sell cheap yarn which are great for scarfs and Blankets. I go to Hitchin if I need to as there is agood shop there.

hotstyles
05-24-2007, 05:46 AM
Hey, if anyone's interested, a few of us are starting a knitting group in Stevenage. If your interseted please email me charlotte.harper@ntlworld.com , I'm still quite new to knitting but am exitted about meeting other knitter's.

hotstyles
05-24-2007, 05:47 AM
Hey, if anyone's interested, a few of us are starting a knitting group in Stevenage. If your interseted please email me charlotte.harper@ntlworld.com , I'm still quite new to knitting but am exitted about meeting other knitter's.
sorry can't spell. hehehe

KnitKnot
09-16-2007, 06:21 PM
Hi folks!
I'm in the countryside near Aberdeen, and haven't found a single soul who wants to knit and chat. Boo hoo!
As for shops, well, not one that I know of other than John Lewis in Aberdeen 30 miles away! I would highly recommend to anyone in the UK looking for good prices on yarn to shop on Ebay. I know that the online market is killing local shops, but I don't have any local knitting or craft shops so rely on the internet. I've bagged some unbelievable bargains off Ebay. I also subscribe to Simply Knitting magazine and in the back they list tons of online or mail order shops. I sometimes buy from Kemps because they have terrific sales on Sirdar yarns. Anyone interested in chatting in tartan? :woot:

Mockle
09-17-2007, 10:41 AM
Hi folks!
I'm in the countryside near Aberdeen, and haven't found a single soul who wants to knit and chat. Boo hoo!
As for shops, well, not one that I know of other than John Lewis in Aberdeen 30 miles away! I would highly recommend to anyone in the UK looking for good prices on yarn to shop on Ebay. I know that the online market is killing local shops, but I don't have any local knitting or craft shops so rely on the internet. I've bagged some unbelievable bargains off Ebay. I also subscribe to Simply Knitting magazine and in the back they list tons of online or mail order shops. I sometimes buy from Kemps because they have terrific sales on Sirdar yarns. Anyone interested in chatting in tartan? :woot:

Hello Knit knot

I am in Edinburgh..I would be very happy to knit and chat.

thalia326
09-28-2007, 09:29 PM
I moved to Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire from Los Angeles about 4 months ago and have had a difficult time finding a decent wool shop since I arrived. I did find a nice shop in London and have heard of a couple of others:

http://www.woolsandcrafts.co.uk/ ...run by a very nice lady who is very helpful. The shop is very well stocked and there are often a couple of bins of wool on deep discount.

I've heard that Liberty's on Regent Street and Loop in Islington(near the Angel Tube stop) are both nice though I've not yet been to either of them.

I mostly stock up when I go back to the US once a month. It's a lot cheaper out there and there's no shortage of good wool shops there. It's the one thing I miss about the States ::sigh::