Sheila, Jacqui, Vi and Lia would like to welcome you all to The Spotted Sheep!
We are an independent yarn shop selling yarns for all projects and pockets, after all we all know that which yarn you choose depends on what you are making and who it’s for – that’s why we have wools and yarns from £2.25 – £25.00 per ball, so you’re sure to find lots of options.
If you are looking for a fun, friendly, up to date yarn shop where you are greeted with a smile and makes you feel as though you have popped into a friend’s home, then this is the place for you.
Like you, we are completely passionate about wools and yarns and the myriad of projects that knitters, crocheters and crafters turn it into. We have wools and yarns for all projects from yarn bombing to beautiful designer projects and everything in between, in a vast array of colours, weights and composition and textures for all things wools and wonderful!
In the shop, you will find oodles and oodles of samples to inspire you, from knitted teddies, gloves, wraps, shawls, cardigans, sweaters, Crocheted reindeer heads, blankets and much much more.
We always have lots of events going on and you can find out more on our News & Events pages.
Did you know that we were the 1st stockists in the world to have the gorgeous Cashmere Lace and Gilli (dk) range by Louisa Harding! Louisa is a fairly frequent visitor to the shop, so watch out for her next visit. Watch out also for dates of other designers coming to the shop, not to mention a return visit by the delightful Erika Knight!
We would love to meet you, so pop in to see us, browsing and mooching are actively encouraged and feel free to try on any samples.
You can find us in Peacock Mews in the centre of Leighton Buzzard – we’ve put a map on here to help you as we are tucked away in what we think is the loveliest part of town.
Meet the team
Hi, I’m Jacqui, the owner of The Spotted Sheep.
As a long time knitter and more recently, crocheter, I have always been passionate about wools and yarns – every weight from laceweight to superchunky – you name it and I’ll knit it!
This passion grew from a craft room at home into the shop – after all there is no stash too big (even though we now run at about 30,000 balls of yarn in stock at times!)
Those of you that come into the shop or see us ‘On the road’ at Fibre East and other events, will know that we are an excitable bunch, fun and chatty.
We have a ‘no selling’ policy because we hate being sold to! Instead, we like to look at, touch and squidge yarns and when we are excited that we have found what we are happy with, then we buy it. We want all of our customers to be the same, to be happy and excited with their next project and yarns, and to be so excited that they can’t wait to get home to start!
In the shop and increasingly online, you will find lots of projects designed by us. I am constantly coming up with 1 & 2 ball projects especially, because we all love them! So you will find mitts, cowls, shawls, wraps, cardigans and also toys, the occasional bag and anything else that pops into our minds, made from yarns from many different parts of the world.
I believe that shops should be staffed by people that are knowledgeable about their products, somewhere you can get help and advice from a friendly human being, a real shop where you are always welcomed and feel comfortable. We have so many lovely, happy, returning customers and look forward to you joining our ‘flock’!
Hi, I’m Sheila, Manager at The Spotted Sheep.
I moved to Leighton Buzzard to set up and open the shop with my sister, Jacqui.
Two and a half years later, I am now crocheting and knitting with some amazing yarns, and my skills have grown more than I would have imagined possible and I’m enjoying every stitch of it!
Added to that, I have met so many lovely people and made many new friends visiting the shop and I love to hear about their crafty successes and seeing photos of what they have turned the balls of yarn into!
Hi, I’m Vi, a long term, avid knitter!
You can see many sample garments that I have made all around the shop, I love working with different yarns and patterns and creating items that inspire. We constantly have a long list of garments we want to make as we choose new and exciting yarns for the shop.
Before joining The Spotted Sheep, I worked as a trainer for a large UK company. Now I combine my skills as a trainer with my passion for knitting and run many workshops at the shop. I love taking workshops, one of my favourites is the Beginners knitting workshop as customers come in with no knitting skills and leave a knitter! The finishing techniques workshop is another favourite as it really helps experienced knitters who dislike making up, turn their hard work into a garment to be proud of!
Hi, I’m Lia and I joined the shop in September 2017 full time. Many of you may have seen me in the shop before then, as I used to come in and help for events, such as when Louisa Harding (I’m a massive fan!) and Erika Knight were at the shop.
I love helping customers choose their next project, helping with pattern choosing, colour and yarn selection and then seeing their finished projects.
I love knitting and also crochet a little, but knitting is my passion. Favourite yarns and projects: Yarntelier Cashmere Lace or Gilli by Louisa Harding, Erika Knight Studio Linen, I love Lace knitting as shawls and wraps!