Well, the inevitable happened, both me and Katie were pinged and so the shop is closed until Wednesday the 28th. We think it must have been somebody who came into the shop though they don't tell you so it is what it is. This is difficult for the shop, we're not desperate but things are tight after a year closed and all the various states of lockdown and u-turns etc. Please wear your masks, do your hands, keep your space, get your vaccines and don't forget to shop with independent shops. Even if you can only do it online and they're not your local shops, seriously, we need it, Amazon don't and we'll repay what you put in a thousand times over in our local areas.
We're not changing our rules for the new opening. Two of our staff are not fully vaccinated, a lot of our customers are vulnerable and honestly, we just don't trust this situation. We're really grateful that you've respected our rules thus far and we know you'll do the same here. Once there's a clearer picture of how this reopening is going with respect to new variants and the effects of vaccines then we'll reassess.
I can't describe how gorgeous it's been to be back - even with the continued (although it's getting better) stock and till issues (thank you for your patience with that...) We've only ridden out a bloody global pandemic together ain't we?! We're not out of the woods yet, the high street needs your support now more than ever but I think we're also all so much more aware of how much tiny businesses mean to us - I know I am. And what's more, I know all my indie business chums just can't get over how much you lot all mean to us. What a love fest.
Love Eleanor (she/her), Katie (she/her) and Casper (he/they). xxx
Knit Nottingham is an award winning, independent yarn shop in the heart of Nottingham and we sell reasonably priced, excellent quality yarn for crochet and knitting. We also stock needles, notions, patterns and high quality, locally hand made items for the discerning crafter. The shop is staffed by expert knitters and crocheters (unless Dr Chris is covering in which case you’ll get a friendly hello and a mostly confused look, but I promise he’s not in very often). We also teach lessons - in knitting, crochet, dyeing and various other woolly things - both in house and with some fabulous teachers from far and wide. We do the occasional coach trip and a weekly vlog. And every now and again we put on excellent parties.
We opened in 2010 in a tiny and rickety shop on Mansfield Road. but we put our heart and soul into it, made a lot of good friends and loyal customers, won some awards and were eventually able to move to our lovely, and much bigger, new home on Trinity Walk in 2016. We ended up partially crowdfunding that move because people were so excited and wanted to be part of it and we’ll forever be grateful for how our community stepped up at that moment.
We're committed to making our shop a welcoming and accessible place for people who are disabled, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and everybody else. We do have a ramp that we're not afraid to use and island in the middle of the shop moves about for ease of access. If you want to discuss anything further please do give us an email or a ring and we'll happily work around you. We consider our space unapologetically political, body positive and feminist and we don't shy away from the big conversations that crafting is a part of; it's not always heavy but it's not just sticks and string either (although if you're wondering whether you're able to do a difficult pattern, then it is just sticks and string...).
In 2018 we were contacted to be part of a new BBC programme, Interior Design Masters. Our designers, Nikki and Cassie (who went on to win the whole show!), gutted the shop and completely re-imagined how a modern yarn shop should present itself. We’re still messy, a little disorganised and bursting with wool but now, when we put our best foot forward, we look a bit hipster too. Mary Portas, who was the judge for our week, bloody loved it!
I think that’s all. I’m Eleanor and I own the shop, I’m here most days - sometimes a little frazzled but always grateful to be surrounded by woolly mess. You might also meet the lovely Emma, who’s a whole lot less frazzled than me and always visibly thrilled to be being paid to play with yarn. There’s also a host of regular customers who often know more about what we’re up to than I do but please don’t be offended if they can’t help you, they look comfortable but they’re not being paid! And if you come in often enough you too could become one of those knowledgeable regulars.
If you want to invite us to work with you for an event or party then do give us an email - this is very exciting to us!
We hope to see you soon! :)
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Our loyalty scheme has changed! But don't worry - you can still use your old loyalty card until it's filled, and then we'll set you up with one of the stylish new ones.
With the new loyalty scheme, you earn points on everything you buy, except artisan and sale items. You no longer have to spend over £10 to start earning points. Once you've spent £200, you'll receive £10 off. Best of all, it's all done automatically through our fancy new till! Full terms and conditions can be found here.