Last week I stopped off at “Stash Fine Yarns” in Chester on my way to Birmingham.
This is one shop I have always wanted to call into as their website has pictures of the shop and it looks really pretty. You can visit their website at Stash Fine Yarns.
The shop deals in the more elegant yarns such as “Louisa Harding” and “Araucania” etc and they have a brilliant clearance sale on at the moment. Whilst I was at the shop I purchased some of the Louisa Harding Jasmine yarn which was on sale for £1.92 instead of £3.85…this is half price.
The shop is now in the middle of an Industrial Park which I found quite confusing to navigate round. I put Stash’s postcode into my satnav but it didn’t exactly take me to the front door, but after turning around a couple of times we found the shop. It wasn’t very well signposted as there was just a small sign outside and a sign on the front of the building. For some reason I had expected the shop to have glass windows but it didn’t.
When I went into the shop I was greeted by a lovely lady who informed me that if I had telephoned them then they would have sent someone out to find me and direct me to the shop which I thought was really helpful. If you visit them and have problems finding them make sure you write down their telephone number which can be located on their website and give them a ring for directions.
The shop appeared rather small, but this may be because they are trading more from the internet than the shop itself. Despite this they had a large array of yarns, all of which are showcased in little cubbyholes. They tend to have one ball of each colour out but if you ask they will go in the back and get the amount you need. I thought this was a good idea as then you get to see the full array of colours each make of yarn has.
In the corner of the room is a largish table with comfy chairs where you can sit and browse the magazines and leaflets they have. Whilst I was there there was a lady making use of the table and chairs and she looked really relaxed and comfy….A perfect little hideaway from the outside world where you can relax and knit or read a magazine/book.
The only downside of the shop I found was that the yarns and needles weren’t priced. I found this rather offputting as I like to browse all the yarns and compare which ones I would like to buy without having to ask the staff for prices. In saying this the staff there were really helpful and didn’t hound you or follow you about but did stop and ask if you needed any help every now and again.
They had an excellent choice of Knitpro/Addi needles but again some of the stock was in the back and there were no prices on them.
I had browsed their website before going so had written a small list of the possible yarns I wanted and had written down the prices and I found this really handy as I always feel like I am troubling the staff if I keep asking them questions on the prices etc. Also if I have to ask for prices for things I always feel guilty if I don’t buy anything.
To summarise my visit I would say it is a very welcoming shop which is well stocked with the top of the range yarns. I didn’t see any acrylic yarns but then again I did not expect to find any as the name of the shop is “Stash Fine Yarns”. If I could make one suggestion then that would be to put prices on the stock. I think there was a price list on the table but I expect to find the price on the yarns themselves or even if the price list was hanging up by the yarns themselves.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the shop and would highly recommend it to anyone. They are not open at weekends and close at 4pm on weekdays which again is a downside as I had to travel nearly 2 hours to get there and was worried they would be closed. So again perhaps it would be a good idea if they could stay open until 5pm instead of 4pm they may get more visitors.
If you do go to visit them they are really close to the Greyhound Retail Park in Chester so you could quite easily make a day of it and I would definitely visit them rather than going to Hobbycraft to buy your yarn.