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

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: and, 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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June 2016

What a stressful few weeks its been – my eldest daughter has just finished sitting her ‘A’ levels (fingers crossed she’s done enough to get into Uni), and my ‘baby’ daughter has just turned 11! and is looking forward to starting Senior School in September – like when did that happen??

Unfortunately, also this week Wales did vote to leave the EU, but please remember not all white welsh people over a certain age voted to leave. Like lots of people (48% of us), I am worried about what this means to the younger generation and to Wales. However, this is democratic country (unlike so many other countries) so we will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and start all over again! But to all my customers in Europe and the USA, there has never been a better time for you to stock up your stash and your trade is still welcome. So keep knitting! 🙂

In my last blog I mentioned we were going to stock wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. Well, the Cocktail Range (4ply) has arrived, and its gorgeous!

WYS 4ply cocktail







Which is your favourite ?

Signature 4ply - Rum Paradise- Lifestyle Signature 4ply - Sherbet Fizz- lifestyle Signature 4ply -Tequila Sunrise - Lifestyle Signature 4ply- Mojito- Lifestyle Signature 4ply- Passionfruit Cooler-2 Signature 4ply - Blue Lagoon- Lifestyle









We are working hard to open our store in Glynneath later this year, so exciting 🙂

I am looking at lots of new wools to stock, details will be released soon.

So keep smiling, knitting and stitching!


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Toe Up Workshop and other information

I would love to say the weather is improving now its Spring, but it’s still raining!

I pulled out my raincoat on Saturday and took myself down to Swansea to a Toe Up Sock workshop organised by  the lovely Donna Jones of DonnaJonesDesigns and taught by her friend and colleague designer and teacher Alison Crowther-Smith.

Needless to say I really enjoyed the day, and learnt so many new techniques; knitting with 2 cable needles, knitting toe up, making a heel with hardly any effort and no gusset! a twisted rib (looks so good), casting off with such a pretty method, and how to knit with beads.

20160523_142212_HDR 20160521_144621_HDRHere is a picture of a completed mini sock swatch, and a second one I have since started. Such a good way to use up small balls of left over yarn – I can see a sock bunting in the making 🙂

The other picture is the cupcake I was ‘forced’ to eat! – well Donna brought them along and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste, it was lovely too 🙂

News on the shop? we are working hard to upgrade the websites and to make the transition into a brick and mortar shop as smooth as possible. I’ve lately been let lose with a barcode reader, so I have been busy zapping all the balls of wools. I have been working on upgrading the images for our knitting patterns. If you get the chance take a look.

We are still aiming for a September opening, but I will announce a date nearer the time, so follow us on twitter or Facebook for all the up to date news.

The bit I am enjoying the most about opening a shop the most is looking at all the gorgeous wools to stock.

The breaking news here is that we will soon have the West Yorkshire Spinners 4ply Cocktail range in stock, and I’m sure the aran will be winging its way here soon – so much choice and so many colours………………!

WYS 4ply cocktail








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April 2016

Hello, hope you all had a good and relaxing Easter. The time has flown, schools go back tomorrow (Tuesday in our case – inset day), and spring is well under way. The April showers have been something! I’ve been trying to sort out the garden (between the showers) 🙂

We’ve been busy on the online store – we have stared socking the new Zenbroidery kits:

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From Design Works Crafts inc. “Zenbroidery” the art of free-form Stitching.

Stamped for embroidery on polyester/cotton fabric – so let your inner creativity take flight as you stitch it, paint it, decorate it, the picture will be quite unique.

Included is a scannable code that you can use online for more instructions and ideas.

Packs of threads, sequins and beads are also available to purchase separately.

These Zenbroidery kits are proving to be very popular.

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Staying on the subject of stitching we have just reduced the cost of our Bothy Thread kits by 20%, for one week only!

Bothy Threads Logo XGR2 Lazy Dogs rainbow cupcakes






Lots of new yarn has been arriving here recently. Have you seen the new Cotton Denim yarn from Debbie Bliss? It is a soft 100% cotton which comes in a range of blues and sorbet pastels, and knits as a double knit and is perfect for all seasons.

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We are now stocking these beautiful hand painted bamboo Crochet Hooks from DMC:

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Lots of changes are going on here at SmallsCrafts. We are busy upgrading the website – still on going. Lots of the back ground work we are doing on the website is to ease the progression of becoming a ‘proper’ high street store.

News on opening? we have no set date yet for opening but we are aiming for September – this year! so excited!! 🙂

More update to follow, soon……………………… 🙂


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