For as long as I can remember, knitting has been my passion. And opening a shop is the realisation of a dream that's been 30 years in the making.
It was my grandmother who got me started at the age of four. She taught me those first few fumbling stitches. I didn't know then that knitting was in my blood and these were to be the first of millions.
I learned that my mother's family originated from Shetland and that knitting is part of my heritage. I heard all the stories about the how the women on the Isles sat knitting furiously from their wheskers (knitting belts). It wasn't a hobby to them. In Shetland it was essential.
Since those early days, I've been lucky enough to travel the world and visit some amazing yarn shops and farms from New Zealand to Hong Kong, from Spain to Australia. Each stop has given me fresh ideas and inspired me to tackle new projects. My family and friends have never been short of things to wear !
During that time, I went back to college and spent 3 years completing a diploma in design. This gave me a proper grounding in texture, colour and design and how best to blend all three. It was invaluable.
So, when it came to chosing yarns for the shop, the choice was easy. Scotland and the rest of the British Isles produce some of the best yarn in the world!
I've spent the last 12 months visiting farms, spinners and producers all over Britain. And, managed to pick up some of the nicest wool, mohair and alpaca from small specialist suppliers.
If you've not managed to make it along to the shop yet, I hope you get the chance soon. I look forward to meeting you, sharing ideas and hearing all about your latest project.