With household names like Kate Moss, Julia Roberts and Kirstie Allsopp keen to share their enthusiasm and talent for knitting, the ancient craft is experiencing a surge of popularity. In Camborne’s busy Cross Street is a knitter’s nirvana, Shirley’s Wool and Plus. The shop bursts with everything even the most dedicated knitter could need. There are walls of wool in a kaleidoscope of colours and hundreds of balls neatly stacked on shelves. Double knits, 4 ply, chunky, Aran and 28 different colours of twinkle. There’s even a ‘fancies’ corner of specialist wools – tinsel, eskimo, feather, a new wool in graduated shades called Cabaret and a couple of wools, as soft as down, called Chloe and Ragtime.
At the end of last month, owner Shirley Press expanded her shop into a second room, where she now stores knitting patterns, a glorious and diverse stock of buttons, drawers full of ribbons and the facility to fill soft toys, but the expansion won’t be stopping there. This autumn Shirley is launching a new service, knitting and crochet classes, and already several people have signed up to learn. Once those classes are established Shirley intends to extend her ‘supersoft’ wool selection – wools in pale and pastel shades that are ideal for knitting clothes for babies and young children. “I’m passionate about wool and knitting,” admits Shirley. “I’ve owned this business for over eight years and pride myself on the range of stock and reasonable pricing – I have all the knitting needs.” Shirley’s Wool and Plus is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 4pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. Whether experienced knitters or complete novices, customers are always welcome.