The south’s newest contemporary yarnery and haberdashery, My Yarnery, opened its bricks and mortar store in September 2016 with its click ‘n’ collect and e-commerce site following a month later. Now, two years in, this flourishing business is proving to be a popular success both in the local community as well as achieving global reach with its online store.
My Yarnery was born from the long-held dream of sisters-in-law Elizabeth Ann Eacott and Elizabeth Jane Eacott (aka Lizzie & Lizzie). Both ladies share a passion for knitting, crochet and all things yarn related, and wanted to introduce a love of hand knitwear to a younger market whilst supplying a spectacular range for every aficionado in the world of yarn.
Located in the heart of Havant in South East Hampshire, the store offers an extensive range of very competitively priced yarns and haberdashery items – including knitting needles, crochet hooks, ribbons, lace and buttons – and accompanying patterns to suit all budgets, age groups and projects.
From extra fine baby alpaca, pure new wool and silk through to woollen blends, cottons, and both premium and economy acrylics, as well as genuine vintage yarns, My Yarnery – named from the two Elizabeths’ nickname for each other of ‘Myself’ owing to their shared name – have something to cater for everyone’s tastes.
Elizabeth Ann - who has been knitting since the tender age of just 3 years old - has a National Diploma in Product Design from the Portsmouth College of Art & Design. She enjoyed a successful career in graphic design and reprographics in the print industry before realising her dream by opening My Yarnery in her home town. Elizabeth Ann now spends much of her time knitting and crocheting, but also finds time for her recent hobby of beekeeping which she’s enjoyed since 2013.
Mother of four, Elizabeth Jane spent many happy years as a child sewing with her mother and learning an extensive array of stitches, techniques, dressmaking, spinning wool and knitting, the latter of which she learnt to do in a mirror so her mother’s movements would match her own left-handed approach. Elizabeth Jane studied a BTEC in Art & Design at Highbury College and then a BA (Hons) Textile Design degree at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College, specialising in woven textiles.
On graduation, Elizabeth Jane’s father bought her a floor loom, something which she still uses today, providing her with the opportunity to offer hand-woven baby blankets and scarves for My Yarnery. She also has extensive experience at dyeing as it was a large part of her degree and was something she enjoyed a lot of during her work experience placement in the Costume Department at the Royal Opera House, London.
The range at My Yarnery will continue to grow in the coming months with additions in the future of speciality hand-woven items, undyed yarn for people to buy and dye themselves and My Yarnery's own brand of speciality hand dyed yarns.
In time, short courses and workshops will be available. There is a weekly My Yarnery Knit & Natter group to which everyone is welcome. Please see the events page for up to date information.
Both ladies are thrilled that their dream has become a reality and they are thoroughly enjoying sharing their passion with enthusiasts and beginners alike in the region.