Elaine’s baa-rmy venture

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Baa Baa Brighouse, a brand new online knitwear and yarn store, has opened its doors for the first time.

The shop, which specialises in unique hand knitted accessories and Yorkshire yarns has been set up by former Halifax Courier journalist, Elaine Jinks-Turner, 36.

Elaine, a mother-of-three, was taught to knit as a child but rediscovered her passion for the craft following a lengthy bout of post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter, Florence, aged three.

She has since turned her “therapy” into a business and has sourced beautiful knitting yarns from across Yorkshire, the home of the woollen industry, in order to showcase the very best the county has to offer.

She said: “I knit a range of accessories from the finest yarns available including scarves, shawls, wraps, hats, gloves and bags, each one a little different from the last , with a definite vintage feel.”

She is keen to support Yorkshire sheep farming and the many independent businesses that thrive as a result.

Baa Baa Brighouse stocks yarn from the popular West Yorkshire Spinners and well-known knitwear designer, Erika Knight. Again, all of the yarn produced has strong connections to Yorkshire.

Elaine said the next step is to exhibit at local artisan craft fairs and markets in and around Calderdale and Kirklees.

Knitting workshops in Brighouse will soon be taking place. Visit www.baabaabrighouse.co.uk for details.