Holiday 2019 – the yarn shopping!

We went on holiday last week to Rye, a beautiful town in Sussex, not far from the coast. I’m going to do a further blog post (or two) about what we got up to, as there were some brilliant places to visit, but this post is devoted to the yarn shopping!

As I’m on a yarn diet at the moment due to high childcare costs, I try and reserve yarn buying to when I’m on holiday and there are Actual Proper Yarn Shops to use, and to buy things for which I have a plan.

Rye itself is very good for yarn shops (and independent shops generally, there are only three chain shops in the town – Boots, Holland & Barrett, Edinburgh Woollen Mill!) – there are two right next to each other! This is Penny Royal, which is next to Plaristo. Both are gift shops as well as yarn shops, and one of the shop assistants explained that this was how they were able to survive. Plaristo sells a range of their own yarn as well as some natural fibre brands, whilst Penny Royal has a range of yarn plus haberdashery in their first floor section. I could have got very carried away in Penny Royal, and very nearly bought some fabric too, but I don’t seem to get much time for sewing with LO around.

My Penny Royal purchase was six balls of Sirdar Aura to make a jumper for myself. I saw one made up in the shop and liked it!

My Plaristo purchase was the only one not planned. They had a half price sale of some of their branded yarn, so I pounced on these three skeins of Araucania Botany Lace. It’s actually more of a sock weight yarn, but I would like to knit some more lace again and so thought I’d better get enough to make something of a good size. I will have some fun matching this one up with a pattern!

On a day out to New Romney, I happened to come across this yarn shop, Stitch n’ B…. in time (which bizarrely has a different URL) which stocks branded yarn in mostly natural fibres. It’s a little higgledy piggledy in layout, but it was fun exploring the little drawers the yarn is stored in.

I bought four balls of Wool and the Gang Billie Jean Yarn here, to make a jumper for LO.

On the way there we’d stopped in Dorking, where we’d found a yarn shop I hadn’t thought to look for. Fluff-A-Torium is a really lovely shop, with amazing yarn and fibre, plus plenty of haberdashery items to choose from. Also a handy sofa to park husband and offspring on. Really wish I lived closer to this one as I’d be in there all the time – they appear to have lots of classes and groups on offer too. We stopped there again on the way back so that I could make my purchases!

LO also made her first ever yarn purchase here, choosing a pom-pom maker and two balls of Stylecraft Special DK in cream and jaffa (a really bright orange)!

See what I mean about bright?!

My purchase was six balls of Sheepjes Stone Washed to make a jumper for LO’s cousin. I’d seen this online but hadn’t had a chance to feel it before. It’s lovely and soft and hopefully perfect for my niece who has a wool allergy.

So, looks like lots of knitting to do this summer 😉


  1. […] to knit from stash more last year, and pretty much succeeded. The only yarn purchases were my holiday yarn, some of which has been used already (I’ve still got one jumper to go, and the unplanned […]


  2. […] one is for my niece’s birthday. She has a wool allergy so I spent some time on holiday looking for suitable yarn, before settling on some Scheepjes Stone Washed, which is a cotton/acrylic mixture and very soft. I really liked the yarn, but it is sport weight […]


  3. Sounds like a lot of fun. There’s a good quilting shop in Dorking as well but £££! Love the lace weight. I find i don’t wear my cobweb shawls much, prefer to grab the sockyarn or DK shawls as they are sturdier and cosier.


  4. Lovely purchases – really like Aura in particular!

    I so wish we had a good yarnshop with a knitting meet-up close by, I used to go to one in the midlands before we moved and I do miss it sometimes!


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