A wonderful blog reader who lives in Bristol told me about Beshley Wools here in Bristol, UK, and I’m so glad she did- it’s amazing! The shop is perfection- it focuses exclusively on British-produced yarns, including lots of undyed options, and a great selection of weights and colours. It’s been raining quite a bit on this visit to England, so an excuse to be inside is always welcome, especially in such a lovely, friendly shop.
They also have a great button selection, and specialize in a great collection of British knitting books, and colourwork. The shop also has lovely crafts from upcycled felted wool like the pretty cushion above and sweet birdie and owl below), which are perfectly suited to the environment:
I absolutely loved my visit here, and I wish this was my local yarn shop- it was just such a great environment, and the yarns were all so amazing I wanted to buy everything, but I held back and brought back the following:
The golden yellow yarn is intended for some cabled bracelets from the new Knitting Smitten Book (which I recently won from Made Peachy and I’m already totally in love with it!) , the all natural, undyed trio of small skeins in black and again in light grey are likely to be mitts, or a hat, or one of each. And then the lovely Jamieson fingering weight will be a colourwork project, probably of my own design, but we’ll see!
This is absolutely going on my must-do list every time I come to Bristol; you couldn’t ask for a better shop to procure some super special British yarn.