We’ve just come back from our Summer Break on the North West Coast of America. We had a great time visiting Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland and Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast.
We did a lot of sightseeing, walking, wildlife spotting and lots and lots of eating. I also discovered a new holiday passion and that was finding local yarn shops. It’s the first time we’ve been back to America since I discovered the knitting bug and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed visiting lots of lovely woolly shops!
For those of you that don’t knit or crochet you’re probably a bit perplexed by now, but those of you that are yarn addicted will understand.
So we’re back from holiday, a little jet lagged; it’s an 8 hour time difference. I’ve set 4 alarms to make sure I’ve been up in time for breakfasts this week, Luckily I have lovely repeat guests in who wouldn’t be too cross if I was snoozing whilst on duty.
I spent far too much on yarn whilst I was on holiday. I’ve just finished a shawl using the beautiful green alpaca yarn that I bought in Portland, Oregon.
It got me thinking about the lovely yarn shops we have here in Shropshire, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you, so you can do your own yarn shop crawl when you come to visit
Ewe and Ply is a fabulous little shop on the gallery level of Shrewsbury Market Hall. On Instagram they describe themselves as “Purveyors of fine yarns, quality notions and sundry items. Unreformed yarn geeks”
Shrewsbury Market Hall is a wonderful place to visit with lots of wonderful shops as well as some great restaurants and cafes.
Sheepish is in the market town of Bishops Castle, about 12 miles from us. They are passionate about promoting British and fairtrade yarns. They’re very friendly and happy for you to sit and peruse patterns.
Bishops Castle has a couple of galleries, cafes, good pubs and a few microbreweries. It’s home to the oldest brewery in England. All ideal if you’re with a reluctant yarn shopping partner.
Ippikin is another small, but perfectly formed, local yarn shop in the market town of Much Wenlock. It is a well established wool shop stocking fabulous yarns; both local and independent specialists as well as all the brand names. And also very friendly too.
Much Wenlock is a wonderful market town, with interesting shops, a fabulous priory and great pubs and cafes. It’s also very close to Ironbridge.