All About the Yarn is my happy place. It's just the loveliest shop, and it's run by Nicky Jerrome, who is one of the most fun people I know. Her enthusiasm for yarn and knitting is infectious, and I always learn something new. She seems to like my yarn too, which is always a bonus!
What made you want to open a yarn shop?
I have a passion for yarn, possibly more than the act of crafting itself. The colours, the textures. I just love it. I’ve always loved the idea of having a shop and, as I became more and more obsessed with knitting, I would fill notebooks with ideas for my dream yarn shop. I never really expected it to become a reality but then when I was talking to Debbie Orr, former owner of Skein Queen, about the fact we were looking to move West to be near my parents, she mentioned that there was a shop for sale in Frome. The rest is history!
How long have you been a knitter/spinner/crocheter/felter/all of the above?
I’ve been seriously knitting and crocheting for about 12 years. Like many people, I learned as a child and came back to it later in life. I have a spinning wheel and have dabbled over the last decade. I do love it and want to dedicate more time to it. Time is hard to come by though!
What’s your favourite thing about your shop? What do you think your customers like about it?
How do you choose what yarns to stock? It must be mind boggling!
What’s your yarn philosophy? What does yarn mean to you?
Yarn to me means endless possibilities. Even if it’s been made (or half made) into a project it can usually be ripped out and used again for something different. I love how it enables me to play with textures and colours. It keeps my mind and fingers busy and is a constant source of comfort when I need it.
What would you like people to know about your shop?
That whoever you are, we welcome you with open arms (other than when they’re full of yarn, in which case we welcome you with arms of yarn).
Since writing this post, Nicky has moved All About the Yarn out to the beautiful Chesterblade Hills, where she runs workshops and hosts knit nights. And still sells yarn, of course!