Today was the Grand Opening of a new yarn shop in Huddersfield town centre, in the Byram Arcade. The owner is Lydia, who set up the Huddersfield knitters group that meets on Tuesday evenings in the bar of the George Hotel (home of Rugby League).
The shop is called Spun and (of course) has hand-knitted shop signs.
It is a lovely shop - spacious and light, with a gorgeous array of yarns. There is a separate room for demonstrations and workshops - today there was a spinning demonstration. I'm looking forward to the workshops - there is one planned for November on dyeing, though I am trying to convince myself that I'm quite busy enough knitting ready-made yarn without taking up spinning and dyeing as well.
There is a table and chairs by the window in the main shop, looking down onto Westgate (the shop is on the 2nd floor). I sat there with my knitting, chatting to other knitters and shoppers - it will be a handy place to drop in while I'm in town. It was good to see so many people there today.
Byram Arcade is a Victorian building with shops on three floors. There are other interesting independent shops in the arcade, including a delicatessen and cafe on the ground floor, and a very nice restaurant on the first floor of the Cook and Bakeware Company shop (my sister's favourite).
Lydia stocks some wonderful yarns, including Artesano and Manos del Uruguay. She is specialising in British yarn as well - there is a range of Blue-faced Leicester yarn in some gorgeous colours, for instance. She has a selection of KnitPro needles, too, that might convert me to knitting on circular needles, if anything can. Lots of temptation. I shall have to hurry up and finish my current projects so that I have a reason to buy more yarn.