New wool shop

Something rather wonderful and somewhat unexpected is happening here at Made By Ewe.

I seem to be in the throes of opening my very own wool shop!  It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t looked for, it has just kind of happened.

One day about a month ago, I went for a bike ride to a local craft centre, to meet Hubby for tea.  I got there early, and noticed a sign in the window advertising a craft unit available to let.  It’s the one on the end

With time to kill I made a casual enquiry, and it kind of snowballed from there.  I’m signed up for the unit and, as of mid April, I will be in situ, surrounded by yarn, knitting patterns, needles, kits and as much woolly goodness as I can cram into my 18′ by 12′ space.  It’s going to take some work!shop inside


Every knitter dreams of having their own wool shop, I think.  Last year I worked in a wool shop for a while part – time and played around with the idea of doing something myself.  But it didn’t happen – the time wasn’t right, but that experience is certainly turning out to be useful now!

I still can’t quite believe it is happening.  Writing about it on the blog makes it a little bit more real though. I will keep you all posted on progress.

shop   I’m having heaps of fun at the moment deciding what to stock – if you had a wool shop, what would you put in yours?


About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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4 Responses to New wool shop

  1. mumquarr says:

    That looks very much like Broadwindsor Craft Centre!!!

  2. jenbest says:

    Looks like a fabulous space. Can’t wait to come and see all the squishy goodness you fill it with!

  3. mumquarr says:

    I’m in Symondsbury. The Colfox estate have just done up Manor Farm Yard and opened a lovely cafe. They are also renting out units. Advertised last week in the Bridport News. I think it will become very much like Broadwindsor given time. Look forward to coming and visiting your shop. Will you be open most days? Really exciting. Yor blog said your based in Surrey so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be right. Best wishes xx

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