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Day 17 – Winwick Mum

Each every now and then, you discover a store that’s a lot greater than what you may see on the skin and even from first look inside.  It feels such as you’ve found actual treasure and the model new Sew Station at Nice Sankey in Warrington is a kind of retailers.

Diane, who owns the store, contacted me some time in the past to inform me that she was planning great issues for this former laptop restore store and I used to be very honoured to be ask to formally open the store when every thing was prepared.  Wow!  That made me really feel like a correct movie star!  I visited while the renovations have been going down – Diane determined that she would begin from scratch to get the place precisely as she needed quite than embellish what was already in there – and it was beautiful to see the store change from the naked bones of the construction to what I noticed after I walked in yesterday for the official opening day.

A cosy and welcoming cafe with a barista station at the far end of the room, tables and chairs to the left and stairs on the right which lead to the upper floor.

It’s not a rule that you need to be referred to as Diane to work right here, however that is one other Diane (proper), queen of the barista machine, and her daughter Susan having a second earlier than the day began 😀

Diane’s mission has been to create a restaurant and yarn store which is all about shopping for and supporting UK and particularly native suppliers, trades and crafts.  The entire furnishings and fittings are sustainably sourced and both upcycled or recycled by an area craftsman, the tea and occasional is provided by corporations in Manchester (Brew Tea which I drink at dwelling, so I undoubtedly accepted!) and Liverpool (Neighbourhood Espresso), the store logos have been designed by an area graphic designer and there are playing cards and crafts on the market from native makers.  Even the syrups for the espresso have been specifically researched and naturally the yarn within the store is from UK yarn corporations too (however extra of that in a minute).

Comfy red chairs around a small coffee table near the window. There is a cabinet of local craft items to the right and on the wall, a book case for borrowing and exchanging books.

Diane has considered every thing.  There’s a chess board constructed from an upcycled storage desk, a bookcase on the wall which holds books to borrow and change, and a big cupboard which showcases crafts from native makers – together with a sure sock knitter! 🙂

Winwick Mum books, balls of yarn and knitting needles on the top shelf of the showcase.

The sheep sitting on the highest of the showcase is the store’s mascot – you’ll see him once more quickly!

The rest of the showcase shelves filled with local crafts.

Supply: @my.yarnunique

Even the lights have been specifically commissioned and constructed from supplies that may have in any other case ended up in landfill.

Five ornate lightbulbs of different sizes hanging from a wooden bar. Two of the lights have the word "coffee" inside them.

Supply: @my.yarnunique

Are you able to see the phrase “espresso” within the lightbulbs?  I like it!

The cafe has a beautiful, cosy really feel to it and has already been warmly welcomed by locals who’ve been eager to see what will probably be occupying the store area.  Going out for a espresso has develop into ingrained in our tradition now and as a lot because the familiarity of the bigger model espresso retailers is enticing, discovering a actually good impartial store is one thing that’s all the time excessive on the record of espresso aficionados particularly, so it’s no marvel there was excessive pleasure in regards to the opening!

There’s not only a cafe within the Sew Station, although – would you wish to see what’s up these stairs?

A view of the upper floor of the Stitch Station. There are yarn shelves to the left after the staircase opening, tables and chairs to the right and comfy armchairs at the end by the window. The room is light and bright.

Have a look at that!  Now doesn’t that appear to be a beautiful, brilliant, artistic area?  This space is named “Stitched Up” ( 🙂 ) and as quickly as you rise up these stairs, you may really feel the calmer vitality and I can see that that is going to be a very fashionable area for individuals to satisfy and work.

Shelving units containing brightly coloured balls of yarn with a red leather club chair to the right.

Diane has chosen three UK yarn manufacturers to inventory – King Cole, Stylecraft and West Yorkshire Spinners – together with a spread of hand-dyed yarn by Caroline from Yarn Distinctive who lives domestically.  The West Yorkshire Spinners vary consists of Winwick Mum yarn colors and he or she lives domestically too! 🙂

A view of the yarn shelves from the opposite direction. This time, you can see the rack of brightly coloured hand-dyed yarn.

Large skeins of multi-coloured yarn with a black fleck running through them hang from a rack.

This yarn is named Zebra yarn!

Mini skeins of brightly coloured yarn in a basket.

In addition to the yarn there’s someplace comfortable to sit down …

A red leather club chair, a pale blue armchair and tables and chairs are arranged along the wall opposite the yarn shelves.

Is that huge armchair calling to you?  Me too!

A large pale blue velvet armchair sits in a corner with a crocheted blanket and cushion on it. To the left is a small cabinet with crochet patterns on it, and above that is a window.

It might be remiss of me to not have tried the chair out in case you may’t get to the Sew Station to attempt it out for your self, now wouldn’t it?  That’s my cup of tea on the windowsill and I took just a few moments while it was quiet upstairs to do that Very Essential Analysis in your behalf …

Christine is holding a partly-knitted sock on a short circular needle and looking down the length of the Stitch Station upper floor. There are yarn shelves to the right and chairs and tables to the left.

Ah sure!  I can verify that the chair is certainly Very Comfortable and it is a superb place to sit down together with your brew and get just a few stitches in.  (The sock is my Emergency Sock that I instructed you in regards to the different day, by the way in which.)

Let me simply present you the wall above the opposite tables and chairs too …

A mural is on the wall above the tables and chairs. The words read "creativity is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent caffeination".

And there’s my little set-up on one of many tables.  I did get to speak socks quite a bit through the day which is all the time a beautiful factor for me to do – and I did lots of this too …

The coffee tables are filled with yarn, projects and coffee cups, and there are people sitting around them working on the projects.

A number of the individuals who got here into the Sew Station are members of my Fb teams and likewise dwell domestically to the Sew Station so determined to drop in – and we ended up spending the day in an impromptu Knit n Natter session with individuals becoming a member of in through the day as time and seats allowed.  It was good, I all the time neglect how energising it’s to spend time with like-minded souls after I don’t do this sort of factor and it was a spotlight of the day.

The opposite spotlight, in fact, was being invited to formally open the store.  Oh my life, what an honour that was!  I actually felt the burden of it as Diane and I stood exterior ready to chop the pink yarn (recycled, in fact!), surrounded by her buddies and so many individuals who had labored on the store or needed to assist it, and I hope that my little speech correctly conveyed how a lot I love her for constructing the Sew Station on her robust values.  The truth is, I appear to be I’m bursting into track about however I wouldn’t inflict that on anybody!

Christine is wearing a blue and white dress and blue leggings and is standing next to Diane who is wearing a pink and orange top, jeans and a grey apron. They are both outside the white front door of the Stitch Station.

Supply: @my.uniqueyarn

I additionally obtained to announce the title of the brand new Sew Station mascot.  There had been a contest on Instagram to call the woolly sheep in his (or her) good-looking pink jumper and the successful title was Wool I Am!

Christine is holding a white toy sheep in a red jumper up and Diane is laughing.

Supply: @my.uniqueyarn

What a beautiful day it was!  I believe I’ve instructed you all about it apart from the cake, and that’s simply saving the perfect bit until final 🙂

Because it was opening day, Diane had very generously put out trays of cake and toastie samples – made by an area cake baker and Cheryl, the Sew Station chef – for individuals to attempt after they got here into the cafe.  They modified all through the day and once more, completely in your behalf and never all as a result of I actually like cake – I attempted most of them out for you 🙂  Oh, they have been actually good.  There was a gluten-free lemon drizzle cake that I might by no means have identified was gluten free (they could be a bit heavy generally, can’t they?), millionaire’s shortbread, rocky highway, Biscoff cake, pink velvet cake … and there are all the time going to be gluten-free and vegan choices obtainable on the cafe menu which will probably be a aid to many individuals.

A blackboard stands on table filled with plates of cake cut into bite-sized pieces.

Supply: @my.yarnunique

A close up of the plates and cakes on the table. There are also a lot of crumbs!

Days like this merely flash previous and earlier than I knew it, it was time for me to go away.  I didn’t go away empty-handed, although … no, in fact not!

I purchased a skein of Caroline’s yarn – I used to be torn between this one and the Zebra yarn however I can’t resist a rainbow skein so that is the one which I selected … I do know the place her yarn is now so I figured that it was higher to only purchase one after which return for the second after I had time to knit it quite than cover it away in a field.

A skein of hand-dyed yarn lying on a beech wooden table. The skein is rainbow-coloured on the left hand side and shades of dark blue on the right.

I additionally got here away laden with cake as Diane was form sufficient to field some up for me to take dwelling to share with the household …

Two cardboard boxes containing two different types of cake.

and sure, I did share as I had eaten a lot cake myself that I couldn’t probably have considered hiding this to snaffle myself! 🙂

I additionally introduced this dwelling too – a really particular Sew Station memento which will probably be treasured.  Thanks for letting me be a part of your day!

A wooden keyring in the shape of a railway station sign with the Stitch Station logo etched onto it.

The Sew Station is a particular type of store and I hope that in the event you’re shut sufficient to go to, you’ll have the ability to drop in for a espresso and really feel that you just’ve found treasure too.


Sew Station, 6 Station Highway, Nice Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1RQ

07961 667 585     whats up@stitchstation.co.uk

Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, see web site for hours.


Large because of Diane, Diane and everybody at Sew Station for taking care of me so nicely!

Thanks additionally to everybody knitting and nattering who nonetheless included me within the conversations regardless that I stored bouncing as much as discuss socks with different individuals! 🙂


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