I have an interview in Southampton on Wednesday, so, as I always do before I travel, I googled "yarn shop Southampton".
And this is what I get!
It's a knitting resource page on the official University of Southampton website! Take a look at that list under 'Collections' on the left: data resources, European Documentation Centre, health circulars, knitting, official publications...
Totally, yet delightfully, bizarre.
Apparently they have a large knitting collection there. I was totally excited about visiting the exhibitions (there's a Montse Stanley collection!) and- get this- a knitting pattern collection! Unfortunately, the collection's only open on Thursdays. Damn.