When I was a child we had several local yarn shops.  And several local fabric shops. Then knitting and sewing went out of fashion and they pretty much all closed down.

Now that the world in general has caught up with us cool kids and all things handmade are thankfully having a renaissance, we are slowly seeing the re-emergence of the local independent purveyor of yarns and fabric.  And what a wonderful thing that is.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m an internet shopping junkie.  But there’s nothing to beat a visit to your local store where you can chat, have a cuppa and stroke balls of yarn like so many willing kittens.

Which is what I did this morning.

And so my newest local store is the feature of this first post in an occasional series which celebrates wonderful local suppliers of fabric and yarn that aren’t Abakan! (Surely I’m not the only person who finds Abakan pretty much the worst place to shop in the world.  It’s like the anti-John-Lewis!)

Knitting Heaven, on the other hand, fills all my criteria for a knitting shop.

There’s a cracking selection of yarns:

There are your everyday workhorse yarns, and yarns that are a little more special.

Knitted Chanel-style jacket anyone?

If you like your colours to have a bit more zing then you’re catered for too:

And Linda doesn’t only stock the yarns you’d hope to find, such as a splendid range of Debbie Bliss:

The heather colour, second from right, is to die for! Stunning.

But she also stocks Bergere de France and Jo Sharp!

And there are KnitPro needles…which I absolutely love to knit with.

Since opening a year ago the amount of yarn Linda stocks has more than doubled and she’s looking to expand again, which can only be good news.

Linda is aiming to provide an welcoming environment where women (and men!) can gather to create and relax, make something beautiful and meet new friends.

With her fabulous welcome, great customer service, (if its not in stock but she can get it, she will get it) and amazing prices (and you know I love a bargain), I do believe she’s cracked it.

Disclaimer:  I am just a happy customer of Linda’s and wanted to let you know that you don’t have to rely on the internet for your yarn.  Old fashioned knitting shops are still out there.  Hurrah.

I may have received a lovely cup of coffee today, which was welcome on such a cold day, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.  Dontcha know it takes more than a cup of coffee to get round me!