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           We have new opening hours, these can be found on the "Contact Us" page.

 Exciting changes are happening at Williams' Wools which means that I need a little time away from the shop. People are so interested in British yarn these days and here at Williams' Wools I am often asked for local yarn, especially by folks who are visiting from another part of the U.K. or, even more so, from another country.

 It was always my hope and intention to be able to offer you local yarns and products whilst at the same time supporting small independent producers but I have found it quite difficult to source for one reason or another. So, whilst chatting to the lovely Kim (of Town End Alpaca Yarn) one day, I decided to become a yarn producer, or at least give it a go. Obviously on a small scale and not in the same sort of league as the likes of Rowan or West Yorkshire Spinners.

 I had my first lot of yarn spun at the end of last year and it was such a success I'm having another go! Last years is a lovely blend of Teeswater, Blue Faced Leicester and Shetland and is available in 4ply and dk. I have also been hand dyeing some of it with natural dyes for you.

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Anyhow, I am now embarked on another yarn adventure and have been out scouring the local farms for fleece. I spent most of yesterday with Kim in her sorting shed, I definitely don't think I would have started this adventure without her, she is a massive help and doesn't let me put anything itchy or scratchy in the "Yes" bag. 


        You can see more of our adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram







                                  Christmas Opening Hours.

How time flies!

Here's a little information about what's happening over the holidays

The shop will be open - Monday 21st December 10am till 5pm 

                            - Tuesday 22nd 10am till 2pm

Closed from Wednesday 23rd December. We will be open between Christmas and New Year on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th 10am till 4pm then closed again till 2nd January 2016

Normal opening hours will be

Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri; 10am til 5pm

Thurs and Sat 10am til 4pm

closed on Sundays


There will be exciting things happening in the New Year so keep in touch to hear all the news. You can do that through Facebook or Twitter, sign up to get the e-newsletter or pop in the shop and say "Hello"


I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, 2016, I can't believe it!  xx



Autumn is nearly here and I'm getting ready for the new Autumn/Winter stock to arrive. This means I have to make some space! there are lots of special offers on in the shop, so why don't you pop in and have a look, there is still time to knit something up for this season as we may well yet have an "Indian Summer" who knows? You will find I have Rowan Cotton Lustre at a very good price (£4.00 per ball) and it's a chunky weight too so you can knit it up pretty quickly.

I have Rowan Panama at £3.50 per ball for you, it's a lovely 4 ply, viscose, cotton and linen mix which when knitted up, I think, is a yarn for all seasons. 

There are also Noro, Debbie Bliss, Araucania and Mirasol yarns in the sale. There really are far too many to list here ;-)

You might be interested in some wool tops for spinning or felting? I now have a selection of different breed fleece in natural colours and also some fabulous hand-dyed merino tops from Manos Del Uruguay, 



There is a workshop in the shop on Wednesday 2nd September, you can see more about that on the WORKSHOP page, so although the shop will be open, access will probably be a bit limited.  

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This is one of the things I'm working on at the moment, "Bowland" by Susan Crawford, knitted in Excelana 4 ply. 


I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer holidays and I shall look forward to seeing you soon,


                                                            Happy Knitting,










The shop will be closed on Saturday 2nd of May. Also Bank Holiday Monday, 4th of May.






This summer must be the best we've had for years, I hope you are all getting the chance to enjoy it. I know a lot of you will be thinking of other things at this time of year but we have had some beautiful summer yarns in, Rowan Pure Linen, Silkystones and True Silk and Noro Kibou to name a few. As always they come with fantastic pattern support.

It's hard to think of winter when it's so sunny but the Rowan autumn/winter magazine is already here, at least it gives you time to get something finished before the weather turns. The rest of the new autumn/winter stock and brochures should start to appear in august and there are some lovely things coming.

Janice from West Yorkshire Spinners came to see me yesterday so we should have some more beautiful British yarns here for you to see very soon, I'm particularly looking forward to getting their Signature sock yarn in Bird Prints, after all, who doesn't like a self patterning sock yarn?

Oh, before I go, have you been to see the Woollen Woods at Sizergh? Another Eden Arts project which we were happy to get involved with, definitely worth a look if you are in the area.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you soon.

                                                      Keeeeeeep Knitting :-)




                                                        Christmas Cheer. 


I can't believe it's December already, the year just seems to have flown by! I hope it's been a good one for you? I've had a very busy and exciting year as I became a Grandma for the first time and I'm enjoying the role more than I could ever have imagined.

Before I forget, Here are the Christmas opening times:-

Saturday 21st Dec 10am - 3pm

Closed, Mon 23rd, Tues 24th, Weds 25th, Thurs 26th, Fri 27th,

Open, Sat 28th 10am - 3pm, Mon 30th 10am - 4pm, Tues 31st 10am - 3pm,

Closed on New Years Day, Open 2nd January 2014 10am - 5pm everything back to normal :-)


Don't forget if you have Christmas gifts still to get, you may find exactly what you are looking for here, As you know we have lots of fabulous yarns, there's also a lovely selection of books and knitting accessories and we do Gift Vouchers. 




                                        Woolly Wormhead Hat Workshop


We are very excited to annouce that Woolly Wormhead, hat designer extraordinaire, is coming to Williams' Wools to do a workshop. She has managed to squeeze us into the very tight schedule of her UK mini tour and will be here on Wednesday 6th November to hold a "Casting on-Casting off" workshop. Woolly will be bringing books and will do a book signing and also a hat clinic in the afternoon.

the workshop will be from 6pm till 9pm and cost £20. book early to avoid disappointment as places are limitedBlog .pwt .front .cover .6


RBST Blanket 

A couple of years ago we knitted a blanket in squares of traditional rare breed wool to celebrate Wool Week, we then raffled it off to raise money for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. This year we were approached by Ruth Dalton of the RBST and asked if we would knit another using the "At Risk" breed's fleece? of course we agreed to support them and the amazing work they do. The finished blanket will be auctioned at the 40th Anniversay Dinner. you can see more of the work they do (or place a bid) here 


 As you can see, it turned out rather well, It's a massive joint effort by lots of flock owners and spinners from all over the country and of course our very own band of knitters. I hope it raises lots of money for them.



We are having a "BIG BREW" Coffee Morning on Friday 1st of March in support of Traidcraft during Fairtrade Fortnight. As you know we stock the beautiful Manos Del Uruguay yarns, they are the only yarn company to be full members of the "World Fair Trade Organisation" we will be serving Fairtrade tea and coffee, biscuits and maybe even cake. And of course there will be a raffle!


Phone 545 (640x 640)Throughout the year Williams' Wools gets involved with numerous events. We hold workshops for things such as colourwork and finishing techniques and I run classes for beginners and sock knitting.

We are in the process of arranging Trunk Shows and Workshops which will be held by designers such as Susan Crawford (A Stitch in Time) Kate Davies and Woolly Wormhead. you will find news of these here on this page in the not too distant future.

We have knit-alongs and occasionally Sunday Spinning.We celebrated Wool Week this year with a number of sheep related events. 

We "Yarn-Bombed" Kirkland and had a brilliant time very early one Sunday morning. 

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