Once I discovered my love of knitting, while at university, I never looked back. My knitted items are at the core of what I do.
At the moment I design and knit on my trusty Brother KH-890 standard gauge punch card machine. I'm not sure when this particular machine was manufactured but I've had it for around 15 years, before that the lady who I bought it from had owned it for about 10, so it's not a new machine in any sense of the word but to me it feels like part of the family, and it's been all round the country with me.
At the moment I knit scarves, hats and headbands to name a few of my products but I'm always looking to expand my range, so watch this space. Each item is knitted in a wonderfully soft lambswool yarn spun in Britain. Once finished this is what gives my products their luxury feel.
I currently have two knitted collections, Arch & Chevron, please read on to find out more.
After designing the Arch pattern I knew I wanted my next pattern to be bigger, bolder, something completely new.
I saw a black and white image with lines that seemed to cross under and over one another and instantly loved it and this is where Crosswise was born.
Up until now all of my patterns have had the same base colour with the pattern being a different colour with this one I wanted each colourway to have its own identity. So each one has two different colours. It also offer a wide range of products including headbands, a block coloured beanie, a patterned beanie, a scarf, a snood and hot water bottle covers. I really love how it turned out and I hope you do too.
Not all geometric patterns are angular, when looking to create this design I knew I wanted something with a random repeat that incorporated an arch in some way. After many attempts I finally achieved a pattern which was exactly what I was looking for.
With its rich navy base colour the arch pattern really stands out in its bold contrasting colours of rose petal pink, piccalilli yellow and shamrock green. The scarves in this collection are fully reversible helping to make them even bolder in appearance. These are paired perfectly with matching pom pom beanie hats. If you want to get even cosier, then my mini hot water bottles are for you. These are perfect to snuggle up with on a cold evening once you’ve returned from your winter walk.
This design was born from my obsession with arrow patterns, I love the clean lines and repetitiveness that chevron and arrow patterns can create but it had to have an element of randomness within it.
Here I have teamed my bright colours with a soft grey, making the colours really stand out. These scarves are extra-long at 190cms and have a super soft drape so you can wrap yourself up and keep super cosy in them. They also have matching pom pom beanie hats.
In this range not only do you have mini hot water bottle covers you also have 2 litre standard sized ones, sometimes bigger is better.
As well as designing women’s hats and scarves, I’ve also designed a gorgeous range of cute baby accessories. If like me you want to reduce the amount of plastic in your life then these are for you. The ‘bunny ear’ part of the teether is made from cotton and terry fabric, perfect to soak up babies ‘slivvers’ (as we say in Aberdeenshire), while your little one chews on the natural wooden ring. These are great for when those little teeth start to appear. My dummy/toy clip is just what you need when baby decides it’s time to start throwing everything away, never lose a dummy again. These make perfect baby shower or new-born baby gifts.
As a company who wants to be as eco-friendly as possible, I’ve wanted to find an outlet for my fabric scraps for some time now. As a Mum in lockdown, I know exactly how it feels to have young minds which need feeding with new ideas and new things to do! To help out during moments of ‘what to do now’, I’ve created my new Crafty Creator Kit, this is perfect for children aged three and over. Each kit comes in a compostable self-seal bag and envelope that are fully recyclable. I’m even donating £1 from every sale to the organisation, Trees for Life who are devoted to re-wilding the Scottish Highlands. Buy one while you can as they are proving popular.