Did you know that there is a new yarn shop open in Whitehead?  Lighthouse yarns was established several years ago as a stall in St.Georges Market in Belfast. It is owned and run by Louise and her team of dedicated craftaholics.

You can visit the shop between Monday to Saturday and the stall remains in it’s usual Saturday and Sunday spots.

Getting to the shop is really easy. Whitehead has it’s own train station and the shop is only a two minute walk away. You will also find buses available from Waring Street in Belfast and if you have a car the parking is free in Whitehead.


The shop itself is set within an old Victorian building that was formally a bank before current owner took over and has been converting it into a craft emporium.  ‘The Bank House’ is located in the town centre and has become quite the community hub since the new coffee shop has opened, with local musicians regularly keeping customers entertained.

Whitehead itself is a lovely town with it’s Lighthouse on the cliff overlooking a sea view of the Belfast Lough. Even on a windy day you will enjoy the walk along the promonade

So back to the shop…

When you arrive you will be welcomed to baskets and shelves full of yarny delights. The shop stocks brands like Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss and West Yorkshire Spinners, alongside local hand-dyers like A Fine Fish Yarns. The shop also has a vast array of other items like buttons, fabrics, ribbons, roving and books. Louise is an advocate for supporting local artisans and she even stocks my own ‘Mina Loves’ stitch markers.


If you are in the area do call in to visit and if your online come check out the new ravelry group where those further a field can stay in touch with the buzz in the shop.

If you fancy a day trip you will always be welcomed with tea and cake and some chatter at the comfy seats in shop. It’s a lovely place to spend a hour just knitting and enjoying the atmosphere.

The shop also runs a regular variety of knitting and crochet classes from beginners to more specialist topics like lace and socks.  I teach classes there myself and you can find out more here

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this new yarn shop. If you’ve been, if you want to go or perhaps your just happy to hear that there is another yarn shop opening it’s doors.


  1. Looks wonderful! If I ever get to the area, I’ll take a look 🙂

    1. If ur ever heading this direction let me know and I’ll give you the guided tour 🙂

  2. That’s an offer I might not be able to refuse *goes off to check calendar*…

  3. Oh do show us some photos of your stitch markers, I’d love to see them.

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