About Me

A POTTED HISTORY!

I have always made things, so did my mother and grandmother. 

After working in NHS for some years, working in estates and catering, I decided filling out triplicate forms for anything and everything was not for me.

At 21, having missed out on University I went to study social work in Leeds.              

I never continued with social work as the same bureaucracy as the NHS had caught up social services.So after my degree I did a sabbatical with the students union, in finance, signing bands etc. It was during this time that I rediscovered my creative instincts.  One of the girls in the finance office taught me to knit 2 colours together, and as a poor student I had balls of wool put aside in the local wool shop!

Very soon I got the hang of it. Friends commissioned me to make up their own designs.      

I cringe now to think of some of them!! I then went on a short course to study knitting techniques and had a very inspirational teacher who was fantastic on textures and colour.    

I was smitten.

I wanted to do more designs of my own, but with little money, I approached the bank for a loan to get started. I was refused. Luckily not long after I won £50 on premium bonds and off I trucked with a rucksack to the local mill and blew all £50!

I then made up waistcoats (sleeves cost more to knit!) I booked my first show at the Otley show, sharing a stand. I was in seventh heaven. The rest is history as they say....

Over the years I have built up a very loyal customer base ,with many repeat clients.

However after over 30 years of designing, making and selling knitwear at design shows around the country, I decided to look after my father with Alzheimers in his own home in Hampshire in 2017.

This has meant I am unable to continue designing and making knitwear so I can spend more time with him.

The items on my website are limited to what I have available from stock and numbers of each design are limited.

All items are made in England

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