Rachel and I were on the road down in Brighton yesterday to visit Brighton's newest (and only!) yarn shop, YAK aka Yarn and Knitting. We were so excited by what we saw that we fired up the mobile internet to bring you this post from the train on our way back to London (or rather we would have, if we could have gotten the photos to upload!).
Located just off the busy Lanes in Brighton, YAK is new to the neighbourhood (they only opened their doors for the first time yesterday!) but not new to yarn enthusiasts in the UK. They've actually been online since last summer and also had a stall at Unwind Brighton where they showed off their lovely yarns and wares.
But their bricks and mortar location - wow, what a gem! As far as new yarn shops go, YAK ticks all the boxes. It is perfectly sized, the gorgeous yarns are prettily displayed in antique cabinets and items, there's a strong selection of needles, hooks and haberdashery, and pattern books as well as knit samples provide plenty of inspiration.
Yarns on offer include local to Brighton indie dyer darling The Uncommon Thread and other UK favourites: Jamieson & Smith, Eden Cottage Yarns, Shilasdair and John Arbon. There's also the popular German hand-dyed Dye For Yarn. Rounding out the temptations are Schoppelwolle, Lang, Malabrigo, Bessie May and Studio Donegal.
A cozy nook will be the perfect spot for classes initially, and owner Kate Metherell already has plans for a larger seating area - perfect for knit nights. The shop is an easy walk from the train station and there are are a couple of pubs opposite making it perfectly situated for a day out.
In fact... we had a lovely chat with Kate about another Yarn in the City road trip this spring! Keep your diaries free in June and watch this space for more details.
But if you can't wait that long, then why not pop along to the shop's grand opening? It's happening on Saturday, 7 February between 2 and 6pm. Congrats Kate, and we can't wait for an excuse to visit Brighton and your charming shop again!