We're kicking this week off with a 60 second interview with Mei Cheung, owner of Be Inspired Fibres
a new online yarn shop based in Edinburgh. Be Inspired Fibres
provides luxury and exotic yarns for knitters, hand dyers, crocheters and natural fibre connoisseurs.
When did you start knitting/spinning/crocheting?
Around 7, I remembered pestering my mum non stop, she used to knit for us when we were young. I grew up in N.Ireland, and we were also taught needlework and knitting from an early age. I stopped knitting whilst at university, it wasn't really cool then and the availability of yarn and patterns were very limited, but I did more sewing instead. Got back into knitting in 2005, after the birth of my second child, it was pure therapy and it was something to do whilst watching the TV, cooking, waiting around for the children in the playgrounds.
What was your first knitting/spinning/crochet project?
A 7 stitch pink garter stitch scarf for my Sindy doll at school, when I was 7.
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
Clockwise from the top: ITO yarns from Japan - silk, paper, steel, a selection of Lotus luxury yarns, ChiaoGoo RED lace and Bamboo needles.
What product/pattern are you most proud of?
I am a yarn re-seller, but my aim is to bring unusual yarns to natural fibre connoisseurs. Knitting today is very different from what it used to be, today, it is fast becoming a popular hobby for many or even a career choice for some. I feel great products help to stimulate creativity and productivity.I particularly love Lotus's range of really soft, luxury and exotic yarns. Not many people have really heard of them, but their luxury bases are used by many wellknown indie dyers around the world.
How many WIPS have you got?
Less than 5 I think!
Do you use Ravelry?
Yes, I think it is a fantastic resource, that has really helped to provide a channel for independent designers to get noticed.
Have you got a favourite pattern desiger and why?
Louisa Harding, Veronica Avery, Ysolda Teague, Kitman Figueroa, I tend to wear the things I knit, so they have to be practical, simple, interesting, quirky and modern classics.
What's on your needles/hook/spindle right now?
Bandana cowl, a vest and a stainless steel/silk scarf.
If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?
I am a comfort knitter, it is hard to choose between cashmere - yak.Just before I go, I would like to thank the Edinburgh Yarn Festival organisers for their hard work and initiative.
Thank you Mei!
To see more of Mei's yarn her online shop is now open at www.beinspiredfibres.com
, and don't forget to visit her stall at Edinburgh Yarn Festival! :-)