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LadyHonoriaDedlock Sat 10-Oct-20 14:47:34

It's that time of year again – of this year in particular with its long hours confined to base – when I switch from sewing, for which I need plentiful light, to knitting, which I can do with my eyes shut most of the time.

My question is, though, where is the best place to get knitting materials online? What are your experiences and where have you found the best value and best service? I would always prefer to go for a small independent vendor than a large corporate one.

Ilovecheese Sat 10-Oct-20 14:53:14

I use Love Crafts which used to be called Love Knitting. I don't really know about the value but the choice is very wide and the service has been very good so far. The balls of yarn come in an organza bag, which is handy.

Doodledog Sat 10-Oct-20 14:57:34

I have a whole screen of links to yarn shops in my favourites, as outlets differ depending on what you are looking for, but love Colourmart for cashmere and luxury yarns, although you do need to learn their system of describing weights.

WoolWarehouse is also very good for more mainstream yarns, and has regular sales on Drops Yarn, which are reasonably priced at the best of times.

Black Sheep Yarns has an excellent Clearance section, which I always check first when I'm not sure what I'm looking for. That is a family business, I think.

It's also worth checking on Ravelry on the UK Classified forum to see what fellow Ravellers are selling from their own stashes.

Callistemon Sat 10-Oct-20 15:43:48

Deramores is good, I agree that Black Sheep wools is good too.
Shirley's Wools is another good firm.

I do try to support our local yarn shop, we don't have many shops here and I wouldn't like to see another business go.

There are other sites which specialise in luxury or local yarns or alpaca yarns.

MiniMoon Sat 10-Oct-20 16:13:49 is good. They have a huge range of yarn, plus needles and crochet hooks.
If I'm just after yarn, I look at what is on offer on eBay. I've had some really good bargains there.

ginny Sat 10-Oct-20 16:30:23

Wool Warehouse for me.

Doodledog Sat 10-Oct-20 16:31:45

Ooh, I hadn't heard of Shirley's Wools - I'm off to browse, thanks. You can never have too many yarn shops to look at.

Hithere Sat 10-Oct-20 17:03:50

Wheniwasyourage Sat 10-Oct-20 17:56:23

I've used, which is fairly small and based in Edinburgh, and also Love Crafts, both reliable and prompt in my experience.

Westcoaster Sat 10-Oct-20 19:10:39

I mostly use Wool Warehouse. They have a great choice of wools and delivery is within a couple of days usually. I love the Drops range. Pure, or almost pure wools and some (the ones I buy) machine washable.

LadyHonoriaDedlock Sat 10-Oct-20 23:09:08

Thank you everybody who has commented.

I've ordered some stuff from Black Sheep so we'll see how that goes, and I now have a list of good places to go.

One day when I have some money to burn I shall go down to the shop at New Lanark Mills (if you have never been to New Lanark, do, it's a very special place!). That is a woolly paradise!

Callistemon Sat 10-Oct-20 23:12:14


I've used, which is fairly small and based in Edinburgh, and also Love Crafts, both reliable and prompt in my experience.

Yes, I used mcadirect ages ago and had forgotten about them.

I daren't buy any more. ?

Witzend Sun 11-Oct-20 13:19:03

I use Lovecrafts a lot, but given the sort of things I’m generally making it’s usually cheap and cheerful I’m looking for.
The only wool shop anywhere near here is the John Lewis haberdashery department, but that’s more for quality yarns - they do have some lovely ones. I’d look there if I was making e.g. a jumper.

Wheniwasyourage Tue 13-Oct-20 14:16:49

Callistemon, I don't think I dare buy any more either. I've nearly come to the end of my current jumper and am torn between buying more wool to enjoy myself keep the economy going or to make some woolly hats for refugees/Christmas shoe boxes/the homeless so as to use up some of the piles of wool I already have.

Mrskipling Wed 11-Nov-20 14:37:03

Knit For Peace is a UK charity. I knit hats for the homeless for them and they sell yarn packs to raise funds. They include yarn to a value of over £100 and the cost is £28 including postage.

I thought this was a great idea and recently sent off for a pack. I was so delighted with what I got that I bought a second one. It’s all brand new yarn, mostly wool or natural fibres. I got some bamboo, silk and cashmere as well as lots of wool and some (nice) acrylic. Mostly iwas a couple of balls, maybe three of four, of each type/colour.

You can't choose in advance, you just get what you get. But for someone like me who wants to make small items and I don't mind the colour etc, it's just ideal.

Hope it's ok to post a web link here...

MiniMoon Wed 11-Nov-20 15:24:34

LadyHoratiaDedlock, (great name), I love New Lanark.
I live in Northumberland, so it has to be a special day trip when we go there. Last time we were there they were hosting a wedding at the hotel, it was enchanting.

Treebee Wed 11-Nov-20 19:14:08

I use Sirdar, based in Yorkshire. You can choose yarn patterns and buttons etc which they deliver promptly. Very good service.

petra Wed 11-Nov-20 19:31:17

I'm so lucky that my local family run haberdashery ( prior to the first lockdown) set up an excellent website. So it's now click and collect.
Not only that but when they shut they do home deliveries to people who can't drive.
I called in the shop today and asked how things were going.
They tell me they can hardly keep up with orders.
I just hope that people remember them when this is over.

Callistemon Wed 11-Nov-20 20:51:18

I put in an order last night with a wellknown firm beginning with D, hastening to get my order in before midnight as there was 10% off yesterday only!
The order is on its way, well done.

The next email was from the same firm offering 20% off today


JessK Wed 11-Nov-20 21:27:20

I usually use Deramores. They have a wide selection and the prices are competitive with regular offers. Delivery is also pretty quick.

Mogsmaw Wed 11-Nov-20 22:30:20

If your looking for something special there are a myriad of independent dyers who would love your support. I’d like to give a plug for “ripplecraft” and “mothy and the squid”.
If you want to go down this route try ETSY in the first instance to find someone local.

Callistemon Wed 11-Nov-20 23:04:11


I usually use Deramores. They have a wide selection and the prices are competitive with regular offers. Delivery is also pretty quick.

Yes, it was Deramores!
10% yesterday - Hurry!

And now 20% off today.