Neighbourhood knitting shops can be havens for craft fans, especially when they're stocked full of lovely yarn and have knowledgeable staff on hand to help you with your queries.
One shop in Morpeth has proved that it is a vital knitting resource for people in the north-east and has been given a prestigious award.
Treacle Wool Shop in Chantry Place has been named the Best North East Knitting Retailer.
The Morpeth Herald reports that it was voted the winner of the regional prize by readers of Knit Today magazine and the victory has surprised owner Kym Hewison.
Ms Hewison said that she stumbled across the win by checking her Facebook feed and was elated to discover that the shop had won.
"The award is for everyone who works here, our knitters and our customers, who have played their part in making the business successful," she explained.
"It has given me a boost to find out how many people think we are doing a good job and it feels great to receive the award from a public vote," Ms Hewison added.
Since opening in the community in October 2009 Treacle has gone from strength to strength and organised many events and activities to encourage people to take up knitting.
"A key part of what we do is talking to customers and making sure they are happy with what they receive and this means they are more likely to come back and tell their friends about the shop," Ms Hewison explained.
Customers and supporters have been involved in many charitable projects such as making hats and mittens for hospitals, hospices and shelters using knitting packs provided by the store.
One member of the charitable group, Susan Tait, even agreed to make a 40ft long scarf to raise awareness of the services provided by the Citizens Advice Bureau, which was later placed on Grey's Monument in Newcastle city centre.