Looking for a local yarn store to find yarn and supplies can be tricky and one that inspires you enough to travel for needs to be extra special.
Last weekend, I took an indulgent train ride to YAK, Brighton's newest yarn shop and it was all the things a yarn store should be: inspiring, beautifully presented and packed with the kind of yarns and supplies crafters want to work with. There's plenty of variety from high end treat to good work horse basics and I have a feeling that Kate, the owner, will be keeping a regular flow of enticing new products as has already become her norm while selling online for the last couple of years. She's launched knit nights and classes already so this is destined to be quite the hub for urban knitters and crocheters in need of a location to gather around!
So what makes YAK so special?
First, there's the yarns.
Local, British wools such as Bessie May and The Uncommon Thread nestle amongst overseas friends Dye for Wool and Malabrigo, to name but a few. There's everything from sock basics to unusual blends such as the Bessie May Nettle (which really intrigued me).
High quality craft supplies.
I think this might be the first time I've seen Inspinknity Wires in the wild and they nestle amongst well loved brand names such as Fringe Association, Hiya Hiya and Yellow Bear Wares. Everywhere I looked I could think of something I NEEDED for my crafting life: wool wash, needles, scissors.....
This is the part that really impressed me about YAK. Kate displays things with such a clever eye for pleasing details that you just want to create the minute you walk through the door. Notions are tucked into old suitcases and top hat boxes retrieved from her family's loft and everywhere you look there's little reminders of sheepy goodness like some rather intimidating sheers.
Kate's window currently displays Pebble Beach by Curious Handmade, the winner from the Unwind Brighton Design Competition. It's worked up in local dyer The Uncommon Thread's yarns with more tempting goodies underneath. The shop is full of knitted goodies you want to make too and plenty of information about YAKs...
YAK is 10 minutes walk (downhill!) from the main train station and just past the noise and crowds of the much famed North Laine area of Brighton. You can shop, thrift, eat and drink in between petting yarn and casting on. It's always worth a day trip to Brighton and now there's even more reasons to go!
I hope you'll manage a trip to YAK to see this wonderfully curated shop of treasures. If you do manage a visit, don't forget to check out the little detail on the restored clock in the top picture. A wee YAK logo tickled me pink. Such attention to detail!