Adriafil sale and upcoming workshops

Just a quick update today. There has been lots happening in recent months with our workshops and knit and stich evenings and I thought it wouold be a good idea to have a short update.

With lots of new stock coming into the shop we have decided it would be a good idea to have a sale. So this month we are promoting our Adriafil wools with 20% off selected lines. If you want to grab a bargain have a look at whats on sale in our Adriafil wools section.

Other news – well there is still time to get a place on our crochet workshop Crochet From Scratch Saturday 6th April 2019 10am to 4pm at Neath Valley Wools, 75 High St, Glynneath, SA11 5AL. Our other workshops are begining to fill too so please book early.

And don’t forget we have a large stock of cross stitch and needlework kits and designs. With so much wool they often get overlooked.

Until next time. Janet March 2019.

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January blog – Brittany Needles, knitting and crochet needles, and our current programme for workshops at our high street shop in 2019 (bookings now being taken).

Luxury wooden needles for knitting and crochet:

We have stocked Brittany Needles for a number of years and our range includes Brittany Single point Art Deco Straight Needles, Classic Double Point , Cable Needles and a range of crochet hooks.

Brittany Single Point 3.50mm x 14" length

These needles are made in Birch and are hand finished, the wood is warm, smooth and soft to touch.

Their website provides an insight into their business and philosophy and is worth reading.

3.75mm Brittany Crochet Hook


Workshops at our Neath Valley Wools, 75 high street shop in Glynneath.

Fathoming Fairisle

10.00am – 4.00pm 23rd February 2019

Cost: £45.00

Limited to 6 places

Colour is one of the most exciting elements of knitting designs, yet for many knitters it can also seem to be one of the most daunting. This workshop aims to demystify the basics of how colour ‘works’ and will show you the skills needed to create beautiful Fairisle stranded knitting.

This technique has enduring traditional appeal, but is also prominent in contemporary knit design. This workshop will provide you with a thorough introduction to Fairisle knitting and help you feel more confident to tackle Fairisle projects, whether on straight needles or in the round.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of knitters who can knit and purl, and can follow a basic pattern.

On the day we’ll cover:

  • What is Fairisle?
  • Materials and tools needed.
  • Knitting flat in rows and in the round
  • Using charts
  • Stranding and weaving
    • Single handed
    • Stranding with both hands

Provided for you:

  •  Full tuition
  • Yarns for practising the techniques on the day
  • a workshop pack containing training materials
  • a complementary pattern for a fairisle project designed by Donna?

Light refreshments are also provided. A meal and any additional snacks can be purchased from the high street, or you may prefer to bring your own packed lunch.

Remember you can buy on line at smallscrafts.co.uk or in our shop. We love visitors and now there is a delicatessen across the road from our shop where you can get a nice cuppa too!

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Christmas needlework and thoughts on keeping the high street stores open.

Do you need a Christmas gift idea, in need of  inspiration ??  Have a look at our needlework kits and accessories for some great gift ideas

Knit Pro Melodies of Life Zing Interchangeable Needle Set

Knit Pro Melodies of Life Zing Interchangeable Needle Set

It was interesting to watch tonights news regarding the retail chains having problems because of the ridiculous sales. The high street in the UK has suffered as people turn to Amazon or other on line suppliers for a quick cheap fix.

At Smallscrafts and at Neath Valley Wools and Cross stitch we have tried to provide an on-line presence backed up by our high street store. The prices on line and in store are the same however if you buy on line you may have to pay postage. We feel that the Black Friday import is a step too far in the wrong direction and we cannot support it. Interesting to hear though how other retailers have suffered as they sell at unsustainable prices, competing with each other in a downward spiral!

Make your New Years resolution to support your local high street and protect your community.


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Christmas is coming!

We have tidied our Remembrance Day and Halloween displays and are readying ourselves for Christmas – as I write this its only 42 sleeps till the big day!

Our Christmas crochet patterns and books include – ‘Twenty To Make Mini Christmas Crochet’ by Val Pierce. Make the festive season even more fun by crocheting your way through these magical little Christmas creations.

  • 20 designs in a range of different styles,  Easy and Quick to make, Ideal for using up scraps and oddments of yarn!

On the knitting front we have ‘Twenty To Make – Mini Christmas Knits’ By Sue Stratford.

Collection of mini Christmas projects to knit ready for the festive season.  Susan Stratford has designed twenty different projects, with alternatives in different colour schemes. There are mini Christmas stockings, a holly wreath, reindeer, a snowman, a robin, an egg cosy, a star, a Christmas pudding, gingerbread hearts, a mini Christmas sweater and much more.

On our cross stitch side we have 27 Christmas themed kits including ‘The Snowman’ kits ‘Tatty Ted’ and ‘Cats Rule’.

    

 

Look out for more updates and bargains as we approach Christmas.

Janet, November 13th 2018  (just 42 sleeps – yay)

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From West Yorkshire Spinners – New Christmas Edition Sock Yarn

Yay, it’s arrived! The new Christmas Edition Sock yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners 😁

Available from our bricks and mortar shop at Neath Valley Wools in Glynneath, or you can order it on-line by following this link  www.smallscrafts.co.uk

Just in time to knit a pair of socks for Christmas!

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Yarn Shop Day May 12th 2018

You know us as Smallscrafts on line but did you know we have a bricks and mortar shop too? Our knitting wool shop – Neath Valley wools – opened at 75 High Street, Glynneath on Yarn shop day May  2017. Since then the numbers of local, and not so local, visitors has been increasing month on month. The shop was opened as a real world presence on the High Street, where you can see and feel the yarns before you buy.

YARN SHOP DAY MAY 12th 2018. It’s our high street shops first Birthday !! Please put this in your diary and visit us in Glynneath if you can. There will be cake and other goodies too!

neath valley wools yarn shop day 2018

Watch out too for our workshops. We will be offering specialist workshops at our high street shop. Click here for more

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Christmas Countdown Smallscrafts special offers

Christmas 2017

Hello and a Happy Christmas from SmallsCrafts.

Just a quick note to let you know about our Christmas Countdown!

Every day, since Sunday 10th December we have selected one item to be reduced by 20% and will remain reduced until Christmas Eve!

The items are available on-line or and in our bricks and mortar shop – Neath Valley Wools in Glynneath, Neath.

The daily new offer can be viewed on our Facebook page and on the Christmas Countdown section of our online shop.

Here is a selection of what is currently available:

 

Hope you enjoy the Christmas Countdown and find something you are looking for.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018 x

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June 2017 One Month On

                                                                                                                                                                Wow!, I can’t believe we have been open on the High Street for nearly one month!         And what a month……..!

We have had some amazing support and positive comments from our customers:

it’s like a sweet shop, but for knitters”

“so many colours”, “too much choice”

From running an on-line store for a number of years, it was a bit unnerving to start interacting with my customers on a more personnel level, face to face! It has been fun, there are so many lovely knitters, crocheters and cross stitchers out there.

Here are some images of the shop:

In the tradition of continuing to offer new choices to our customers, we have been busy receiving and adding lots of items to our stock:

   Fabulous books by The Crochet Project

   Lovely new wool from West Yorkshire Spinners

    Lots and lots of beads!

I am at the moment adding the beads to both our websites: www.smallscrafts.co.uk and www.nvwools.com, quite a lengthy process – 60 different colours! I have done 10 so far, it’s going to be a long process, just keep supplying the coffee 🙂

See you soon, you will find me at 75 High Street, Glynneath, Neath SA11 5AL.

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Post Opening and Yarn Shop Day

We are nearly one whole week old – that is our bricks and mortar shop “Neath Valley Wools”.

Located on the Glynneath High Street, in the beautiful Neath Valley and just a stone throw from the A465 (Heads of the Valley Road) we are really easy to find.

We opened our doors last Saturday for the first time and in time for Yarn Shop Day! and it was lovely. Customers were queuing for us to open – which was a very welcome sight. My little daughter did the honours and cut the ribbon and invited the people waiting into the shop.

A friend and knitting designer, Donna of Donna Jones Designs was on hand for advice and book signing.

Lots of customers were so happy to have a wool shop back in Glynneath! Through out the day there was so much positive feedback 🙂

My Mum came across to help out along with my two daughters and Husband, Dave.

We had a cake made for the day by a talented lady in Neath: RachiesCakes and my Mum and sister-in-law brought along lots of cupcakes and Welsh cakes.

There was a raffle, one of the prizes, her Elements pattern book donated by Donna.

 

 

The day turned out to be very busy, by the end of the day I was exhausted but very happy.

Here are some photos from the day:

   

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New Openings and Yarn Shop Day

After all these years of running an on-line store sell wool, cross stitch kits etc. – it’s been over 10 years! (where has the time gone?) – I’m pleased to announce (drum roll) that we are finally opening our bricks and mortar shop this Saturday, 6th May!

The opening is being run alongside Yarn Shop Day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shop, Neath Valley Wools, is located on the Glynneath High Street, Neath, South Wales, will be opening at 10am until 4pm. There will be cake to help with the celebration as well as a shop full of wool! Donna (of Donna Jones Designs), a good friend and an ace knitting pattern designer, will be on hand for advice, knitting tips and a good natter.

It’s been a long journey, and with lots of support from my Husband and family I am about to start a new chapter in my life, and see the fruition of a long held dream.

I do hope you will join us on the day x

 

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