Knitting business nominated for national awards

A knitting business is celebrating after being nominated for two categories in the British Knitting Awards.

Harrogate shop baa ram ewe has been shortlisted for Best Independent Yarn Brand for its own yarn, Titus, made from a blend of Wensleydale, UK alpaca and bluefaced Leicester.

Its sister shop in Leeds has also been nominated for Best Local Independent Yarn Shop in the North of England.

Verity Britton, co-owner of baa ram ewe, said:

“Being nominated for these awards is a fantastic honour for all of us at baa ram ewe.

“We’ve always focused on Yorkshire yarns, quality products and a fun, welcoming experience for our customers, so we see this as recognition of those values.

“The winners will be chosen based on votes from the public, so we’re hoping all of our customers and supporters will cast their votes for us.”

Yorkshire is well represented on the British Knitting Awards shortlist: Rachel Coopey’s book Toasty and Stranded Knits by Ann Kingstone are also among those nominated in the 20 categories.

Both books were inspired by Yorkshire and had photography done in the county, and Toasty’s patterns are even named after local towns and cities, including Ripon, Northallerton and Catterick.

Verity added:

“There is a real resurgence in knitting at the moment and Yorkshire is right at the heart of it.

“We seem to have an affinity with natural yarns and beautiful hand-made products, and I’m sure that’s what people have recognised in us.

“Whatever the outcome of the vote, we’re hugely proud to have been shortlisted alongside some brilliant individuals and businesses.”


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