Next up is 60 seconds with Fiona and Karen from another relatively new Scottish LYS, the Woolly Brew in Pittenweem on the East Neuk of Fife. When did you start knitting/spinning/crocheting?
(Karen) I Started knitting as a child with my Mum but also knitted squares in school for blankets that were then send to the local hospital.
(Fiona) I can’t remember! Must have been as a child... I do remember feeling compelled to knit about 10 years ago when my friend was pregnant with her first child and I could do it (badly!)
What was your first knitting/spinning/crochet project?
(Karen) The first project I remember finishing was a purple baby cardigan. It had a hood which once knitted was the same size as the jacket. Mum assured me that babies had big heads!
(Fiona) Mine was the baby cardigan for my friend… that was when I first realised I’m a loose knitter! It came out twice as wide as long…
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
We’ll be bringing lots of Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift and Heather, Zauberballs, and Rialto Lace. Patterns from Kate Davies and Cotton & Cloud as well as our own craft kits and lots of samples to show it all off!
What product/pattern are you most proud of?
(Karen) soon after opening the shop I knitted Cotton & Cloud’s Cable Yoke Jacket as a shop sample. It’s knitted seamlessly using Jamieson’s of Shetland Heather Aran. It’s a really popular pattern in the shop. Knits up beautifully and no sewing involved!
(Fiona) oh it changes! Love the Sheep Carousel by Kate Davies – learned so many new techniques and it was extra fun to do it as a Knit Along in the shop and on our website. Current favourite yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace – lovely lovely yarn and great value.
How many WIPS have you got?
(Karen) I have quite a few.... shop samples include a lacy summer top in Patons 4ply mercerised cotton and a bobble shrug in Rialto Lace and a baby hat and booties knitted in Regia Angora Merino need sewing up.
(Fiona) well…for the shop… Kate Davies’ Manu in Rowan Felted Tweed which we’re going to do as a Knit Along and a wrap in Scrumptious Lace. For myself - toe up socks in Regia Angora Merino, Lyttleton by Kate Davies in Rowan 4ply, a Baby Cashmerino jumper for friend’s baby … oh and an evening dress for Barbie.
Do you use Ravelry?
(teuchy) . I do use Ravelry, but only to pick up patterns and get ideas.
(fionacupcake) yep! Recording projects, finding new patterns and searching projects.
Have you got a favourite pattern designer and why?
(Karen) No favourites, I'm inspired to knit through finding a pattern I like, rarely the other way. When I do buy wool on impulse it will generally lie for a long time, waiting for its design match.
(Fiona) no favourite designers… I’m generally inspired by a style or technique and also other people’s projects! Currently loving garter stitch and short rows (like Veera Välimäki’s Color Affection), also seemless knitting. Can be easily swayed by styling and photography… like Quince & Co and Brooklyn Tweed!
What's on your needles/hook/spindle right now?
(Karen) I am knitting a cowl called Ladies Loop featured in the Regia Journal No.4, the Regia Angora Merino is beautifully soft and a pleasure to knit with.
(Fiona) A crochet Granny Stripe blanket by Lucy Attic24 – total impulse project and really not a priority right now!
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?
Impossible question to answer!