Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Done all your Christmas shopping?

No, of course you haven't - it's not even December yet. Maybe you'd like to pop down to the Piece Hall and enjoy a browse round the loovely shops here - not just Three Bags Full, but the other shops too with beautiful glassware, pagan stuff, collectables, books, you name it, we've pretty much got it covered. Oh, and we've got brass bands most weekend days this December and you can't beat a brass band playing carols to get you in the festive mood.

So...Three Bags Full present ideas. Last year one enterrpising and lovely customer brought her family in, made a few encouraging noises in the vicinty of various yarns and then discreetly disappeared while they bought what they'd surmised she'd like! Others went the more direct route of 'That's what I'd like...' However subtle or unsubtle the hints you like to drop, you could take the risk out of the operation by requesting Three bags Full gift vouchers. They start from £5 and don't have an expiry date so if we're still here in 2035 you'll be able to use them then, should you so wish.

A few things for younger knitters might be the knitting kits (just £5), or you could team up the children's needles (£1.20) with a ball of Crilly (£1.50) for an inexpensive and long-lasting gift. We also have some very dignified and high quality soft toy sheep for sale (£8.75), plus a few of the tiny lambs (£2.45) left.

For adults and children alike we have some knitted up Loopy scarves - these are £5.50 for the small adult/child version and £12.50 for the adult. Also neckwarmers, cravats and headbands at a variety of prices. These have all been knitted in best quality wools and wool/alpaca mixes.

There are knitting kits (starting at £12.50) for beginners and more experienced knitters. I can make these up with whatever yarns and needles etc you'd like or alternatively can make up kits for your crocheting friends.

And don't forget the fun and lovely Max Alexander woolly jewellery - prices range from £6.50 to £10. We have the non-sparkly versions in the shop and the sparkly ones online, and will soon be stocking Max's new design.

Not a knitter? Okay, well, we have some great sheepy notelets for £3.50!

Lots more - come and look, or browse at threebagsfulluk.com. And don't forget for avid knitters the ideal present can be just simply a hank of exquisite yarn that they maybe wouldn't treat themselves to.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Have heard of Barenaked Ladies...

(...and I'm guessing you have too, but just in case: they're a Canadian rock band)but bare naked men? On Friday night we had a Three Bags Full table at a Cedar Court fundraising event in aid of the Forget Me Not Hospice. And when I say a table, I mean a table to sell stuff rather than (sadly) a table at which to dine. Anyway, a little perk which came our way was the continual circling with complimentary glasses of something or other - I mean, they were naked; who noticed what they were carrying? - of the aforesaid bare naked men. I'd post a photo, but I'm not sure their mothers knew what they were up to that night and would hate it to fall into the wrong hands.

It was a great idea for a fundraiser - Sex in the City evening with shopping and dining intermingled - but for us it wasn't a huge success. The atmosphere and clientele were more girls' night out than cosy woolies and crochet kits, but it's all experience. Think we'll get more into this craft fair type stuff after Christmas.

Don't forget the November offers in the shop (reduced prices on Paloma and Hipp kits and possibly other stuff I'e forgotten) end on Thursday.

Thursday, 17 November 2011


If you love beautiful lace yarns, you might like to take a look at threebagsfulluk.com where we presently have some lovely Fyberspates lace at reduced prices. These are really gorgeous yarns which we can't get hold of on a wholesale basis anymore so we thought we'd streamline stock, clear out these various lace yarns, and expand instead the Fyberspates Scrumptious range. Several excellent bargains, if lace is your thing!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Great new crochet kits!

Just in time for the Christmas rush we've taken delivery of a dozen wonderful Hipp crochet shoulder bag kits. We've picked the black and 'denim grey' versions for you and they crochet up so fast you'll have your bag in no time, along with a satisfying sense of achievement.

The kit consists of a cone of yarn, crochet hook, pattern and button, all lovingly housed in a special, pretty Hipp box.

As an added bonus, while rrp is £24.99, during November only Three Bags Full price is £20.75.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Today I proudly present...

...the Debbie Bliss Cable and Teddybear Jacket.

Cute, huh?

It's from the original Baby Cashmerino pattern book. I was nervous about embroidering the teddies' faces - I was pretty certain that a misplaced thread would lead to several looking glum or angry or comical, but in the end, while one or two of them went a little awry, for the most part they look okay.

Yeah, cute.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Prize draw!

Anyone want the chance to win 50g of Austermann's Natura in a gorgeous deep purple? Or a 100g hank Manos's Silk Blend in Candy Floss shade?

All you have to do is visit our website: threebagsfulluk.com and then email us at threebagsfullwoolshop@googlemail.com to let us know how we can make it more attractive, whether in terms of content or appearance. The only thing we already know people don't like, but which we have to retain, is the need to register before ordering. We know it's a pain, but it serves some useful purpose that escapes me right now. (We don't cynically harvest the email addresses or use them for any pupose unconnected with the specific order.)

We'll be taking comments by email until the 15th November and then we'll hold the draw and post on ravelry the names of the lucky winners!