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News From a Deserted High Street… By Jane Shaw, Craft Days

Well, I popped into the shop this morning, a little cooler than of late, but the sun was shining. I did a few jobs and got the orders together and ventured down to the post office along a deserted High Street. It was all very strange walking past shops that are usually open with no one to call Hello to or pass the time of day with, you could almost see tumble weed rolling down the High Street. Although very strange, I am glad that it looks this way, it means people are listening and staying home. I hope that when all this is over and we are allowed out again, that the High Street will be buzzing and the shops will all be opening their doors again!

Thank you!

Thanks so much to all of you for placing orders through the website and by email. We really do appreciate it. I am doing my best to get everything out as quickly as possible, but sometimes, it just takes a bit longer. (Last Thursday I drove to 3 different post offices at around lunch time, only to find them all shut. Thankfully the one nearest the shop was open today and I was able to post everything off.) Post is a bit slower than usual, but I think we can all make allowances.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to all of the people working hard to keep us all going through this awful time.

NHS and Key Workers

To the NHS staff and care professionals, to the post office and royal mail workers, to the supermarket staff, to the delivery drivers, to the farmers, to the factory workers, to the people in banks and warehouses and those providing admin support and everyone else who is going the extra mile to keep the country ticking over – Thank You!

Spread the Rainbows

As a way of being  able to show our appreciation, my daughter designed this colourful crochet rainbow for you to make to hang in your window or on your front door.

Click here  to download the pattern for free.  You can use up your scraps, it is worked in aran weight yarn, but you can always double up if you only have thinner ones available. If you know somebody who would like to use it, please pass it on. Don’t forget to send us a picture of your finished Rainbow hanging in your window! (please send to

Nightshift Shawl

Before all this started (only a few weeks ago!) I posted a picture of ‘The Shift’ a 4 ply cowl that I had made deigned by Andrea Mowry . Well Caroline has very kindly sent me a picture of her ‘Nightshift Shawl’ by the same designer. Although the pattern is for an aran weight yarn, Caroline used 2 ends of Lazy Lion sock yarn for her shawl, along with some plain dyes she had in her stash. I think you will agree that the outcome is rather special, even nicer when you see it for real!

Patterns are available on Ravelry and Lazy Lion Sock Yarn can be ordered on our Craft Days website. You’ll even get a free sock pattern!

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All the best from Jane and the Craft Days team


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