Yesterday I found myself walking into a bit of a yarnoholics paradise. I had been invited to Texere Yarns which is a Yorkshire textile mill and shop in Bradford. I love old mill buildings, they have such character and charm with their huge proportions and beautiful rustic interiors. I loved the old, wonky wooden floors, the rough stone walls, the giant windows which flooded the place with light and the smell...oh the smell!! It smelt a bit like an old school combined with the unmistakable sent of yarn, sort of comforting and nostalgic and a little bit spine-tingling!
I'd never been to Texere before, but I'm told that just recently it has undergone something of a transformation. Part of the ground floor has been turned into a hugely inspiring mill shop, with an incredible selection of yarns to peruse and purchase. They stock a large range of branded yarns, including Texere's very own brand, gosh I went a bit giddy walking up and down in there!
This is the brand new picnic room where you can sit a while and have something to drink and nibble, chat with friends, ponder over your yarny purchases and browse through patterns. I had been invited yesterday as it was the official opening of the picnic area, and many visitors had travelled especially to come and indulge in a little bit of yarny retail therapy and meet me for a friendly chat. I managed to overcome my nerves and it was hugely enjoyable actually. I was talking about my blogging journey, about my crochet projects, about Yarndale, and generally answering questions about those sorts of things. I talked a lot, I hope I didn't waffle too much! It was such fun to meet readers of my blog, a truly lovely bunch of fellow yarnoholics :)
Afterwards, I had another little wander round the yarn shelves and have to tell you I fell head over heels in love with this carpet yarn. Just LOOK at the CoLoUrS!!!!! This is traditional Axminster Rug yarn, described as "a classic 80% wool and 20% nylon carpet yarn of exceptional quality in a wide range of colours ideal for rug making and general crafts"
Oh. My. Gosh. My head began to spin and I think I may have possibly squealed out loud as I began to imagine all kinds of things I could do with this yarn......I could make a small granny square rug for the studio! I could make a long, stripy runner for my hallway! I could hook those hard wearing colours into something amazing for the floors in my life!! So many exciting possibilities....which will just have to hang fire until the Autumn. But yes, I am excited, it's always good to have something new and colour-filled bubbling away on the creative back burner.
The folks at Texere yarns are lovely, and made me feel instantly at home. They are passionate about what they do and offer a very warm welcome to yarn lovers. This is not a conventional shop though so if you are ever planning a visit you need to check on their opening hours. It's well worth bobbing in if you are ever jaunting around Yorkshire, in fact I can't wait to go back myself and have a really good nosey around.
ps, Texere Yarns will be exhibiting at Yarndale again this year for those of you who are visiting in September....pop by and say hello and tell them I sent you for a yarn-fix!