Monday, 20 September 2021

Wool shop is back in business

A knitting shop in Henley selling wool from New Zealand has reopened for business.

A knitting shop in Henley selling wool from New Zealand has reopened for business.

Black Hills Yarn, in Hart Street, originally opened in 2009 but was closed in January to focus on the online business and Watlington showroom.

However, after the store’s sale fell through, owner Penny Cole decided to reopen for the new knitting season.

Mrs Cole, 65, who lives in St. Leonards Close, Watlington, with husband Brian, 71, will now run the store until April next year.

The company is named after a farm in New Zealand run by Mrs Cole’s partner Beverley Forrester, from which Black Hills Yarn gets all its wool.

Mrs Forrester, a renowned wool trader, breeds her own sheep on the farm, which was founded by pioneers in 1860.

Mrs Cole said: “I have a background in dress-making and crafts and we got into partnership with Beverley.

“We were in competition with various other outlets and found someone who wanted to take the store in January, so we closed down.

“The interest fell through and it’s been empty since then. We have had interest but nothing concrete.

“The knitting season is now upon us so we decided to reopen. It’s been busy today (Saturday), yesterday was quieter but we are also online and have a showroom. I will hold the lease until April.”

The store will sell a variety of yarns, wool, tapestries and knitting accessories, as well as pattern for those new to the art.

Mrs Cole will also resume her evening knitting classes at the store on every other Wednesday at 7pm starting this week (Wednesday, Sept 4). Daytime classes will take place at Maison Blanc in Hart Street every Tuesday at 10am.


1308507-9: Penny Cole has reopened knitting shop Black Hills Yarn in Hart Street, Henley

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