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My YARN SHOP DAY at THREADS in Dunbarton

Let me tell you about last Saturday. As part of YSD I was at  THREADS WOOL SHOP in Dunbarton.  (143 Glasgow road, Dunbarton, G82 1RQ ).

Dumbarton is a town on the north bank of the River Clyde about half an hour from Glasgow.

I got an amazing welcome from the owner Linda, her daughter Lorna, Nancy, the knitting expert, and Prince, Nancy’s dog, and official shop mascot.

Treads is not dissimilar to Aladin’s cave, it is full to the brim with yarn, buttons, ribbons, knitting and crochet accessories…also Linda sells lovely handmade garments and baby sets too.

 

 

 

 

Linda’s team had invested a lot of time, care and attention to the day, she had organized radio adverts on the local station, social media updates, goodie bags, for all the customers, raffle prizes and special discounts on the day and a lot of bargain wool too. I was really chuffed that they asked me and my blankets to be part of such a special day.

I was so busy chatting to Linda’s customers, that I only managed to take a couple of quick snapshots between visitors so I can show you how lovely the shop is.

 

 

I met a lot of lovely ladies of all ages, and  I chatted all day about yarn, crochet, blankets, colors, you name it. I got A LOT of compliments about my blankets and I was so overwhelmed by the kindness of the ladies I met, a special mention goes to Linda’s crochet and knitting club members, they all came to say hello. I met some regular customers and some new one that came for the event thanks to the adverts and social media.

In the flurry of activity,  I realized,   that I did not have a real grasp of how important local shops are and how important it is to support local businesses as it means you support local events that connect people together and that was to me the most obvious and special part of the day.

An old lady came in, she got a warm welcome bought one ball of yarn and she pulled out from her bag some pictures of what she had made for her relatives, she was so proud of her achievements and she loved the care and attention that Linda and her team gave her. The shop was really busy but she got the same care and attention that other customers that bought much more got.

I thought that was very special, and it embodies the spirit of Treads and of many of those small independent yarn shops. They do not only sell yarn, buttons ribbons, and accessories, they also  have a vital role in the community, they are places where people not only buy yarn but also can go for a chat, some exchange ideas, they’re an invaluable source of knitting and crochet advice and news, and are great for discussing your WIPs and next projects.

Linda’s host’s classes virtually every day of the week, where you can learn to crochet or knitting. She also has crochet and knitting clubs where people can spend a few hours, every week, knitting and crochet together.

And if you think that local shop do not offer the same bargains that the big online retailers do, you are mistaken, most shop like Threads, have custom’loyalty schemes’, they  use their discretion to reward regular customers, which means  you get discounts  on the items you actually want to buy, rather than being tempted by multi-buy offers online,  you get a warm welcome and you have a chance to feel the yarn you buy and get a true sense of the colour too which is very difficult to do online.

 

So remember your local Yarn Shop is VITAL to your community. Especially now, with independent traders closing down every day do you really want the next one to be your local Aladdin’s cave full of squidgy beautiful yarn????

I don’t think so!

I came back home with a big smile on my face, I had a wonderful day, I got some bargains too! I bought some lovely yarn to take home with me and also a present too…Linda gave me a lovely candle and I was so touched look…

 

FIG TREE… how thoughtful!

 

thank you again to Linda and all the ladies of Dunbarton to make my first YSD an AMAZING ONE!!

Nice cakes which I HAD to try IMMEDIATELY!!!  LOL

love,

Lucia xx

10 Comments

  1. Phil

    May 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    That looks like an absolute gem amongst yarn shops. I’m glad you had such a wonderful day, there. That shop deserves to thrive. 🙂

  2. Rae Toole

    May 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    It was a real treat to meet you Lucia. Linda’s shop is truly a great source of everything yarny and knowledge care and kindness an invaluable resource.
    Your blankets are beautiful.
    Rae. X

  3. Linda

    May 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    We loved having you in the shop for YSD Lucia ! Your enthusiasm for your craft is very obvious and inspiring . Everyone is talking about you and your lovely blankets and I still don’t know where you find the time to make them all .
    I’m counting you as a friend now , you’ve made a big impact on me , my shop and my customers . I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving up your time to come along and help make YSD the huge success it was xxx

  4. Kathleen

    May 8, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    How I would have LOVED to be there and meet you in person. Your work is wonderfully creative and beautiful. You are an inspiration for me to advance my crochet skills. Both Norian and Macaroon are on my list to make.

  5. Kris

    May 8, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I live in the US and have made scarves with both of the cake colors in your picture … love these!

  6. Tracy

    May 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I live out he other side of the Clyde and am always looking for new yarn shops, I did not know about this one… Now that I do, I will be making a special trip over in the next week.

  7. Rhoda

    May 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Lucia, love the blog and I know what you mean because the yarn shop in Carrickfergus – Parlour Yarns on Facebook is one of my favourites and sounds just like Threads. There’s always a little class going on, Jennifer stocks wonderful yarns, you can always find a wee bargain, Nina from “Nancy Said” teaches crochet there (not only do the ladies enjoy the classes but Nina will give you a chuckle whilst finding you just the stitch you were dying to learn) and it’s just a wonderful crafting hub of a place. If you’re ever in Northern Ireland take a wee trip there – yes we love the word wee 🙂 …you’ll enjoy having a nosey around! Keep making the beautiful blankets, keep blogging, keep inspiring and I’ll keep reading! 🙂 x Rhoda

    1. admin

      May 11, 2017 at 10:18 am

      thank you, Rhoda, what a lovely message. I will definitely visit next time I am on my way to Donegal!xx

  8. Wilma Drennan

    May 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Linda sorry never got to come down on Sat but glad you had a good day and you were busy like the blankets they are really nice still can’t get the fair Isle squares done tried everything see you soon wilma x

  9. HooksandNeedles

    May 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Arh sounds like you and everyone had a really lovely day. I agree local wool shops are fantastic. My local one (12 miles away) does a loyalty scheme, though some things are dear it is P+P free and you can see, sniff and squidge the wool.

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