Stephanie’s Story

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Your Stories |

Knitwear – The Timeless Trend One evening my mother came home from work with a gift from her colleague, who also farms alpacas. The beauty of alpaca farming, alongside the infectiously friendly nature of the animals, is that the produce from their wool contains hypoallergenic properties and feels luxuriously soft and warm, yet is more sturdy than cashmere. The gift my mother’s colleague had given her was for me, despite us never...

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Hazel’s Story

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Your Stories |

I grew up in Shetland and started knitting before I could read and write, and have been knitting ever since. My first love is knitting Fair Isle; with so many colours and patterns to combine into unique pieces I will never run out of ideas. I see knitting as a wearable art – mostly I like knitting to be functional rather than decorative. Fair Isle cushion covers, a lace tablecloth and a lace bedspread are, so far, the only decorative items...

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Joyce’s Story

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Your Stories |

My Knitted Square I have chosen my favourite colour, green, to knit my little square, And tucked inside, are bits and pieces, for which I do so care! The stitches number 55 – a stitch for every year! And so my life is knitted and includes my family dear. The love I have for oor ain auld toon until the end o’ time Is portrayed in the song I have chosen; a fitting poem and its rhyme! ‘Am proud tae be a Borderer, ‘am...

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Gillian’s Story

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Your Stories |

I am the daughter of a very proficient knitter – her name is Jennifer and her story is on this site. I started to knit as a child, and started with the obligatory scarf which was never more than a few inches before holes appeared and interest wained. I took to it in my teenage years, which was in the 80’s; the era of the broomhandle needle and batwing jumpers. I used to enjoy being able to create something that my friends...

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Sylvia’s Story

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Your Stories |

My mum was a plain knitter. A plain baker. And a plain cook. But a wonderful mother, intelligent, caring, and hardworking. She was a charitable woman, and made a pledge to herself to knit as many bedcovers as the local Barnardo’s children’s home needed, but being a plain knitter, these were made by knitting squares from a variety of begged, found, and rattled down bits of wool of wildly assorted colours. So the first things I learned...

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Torya’s Story

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in Your Stories |

My mum taught me to knit when I was four, and after making a few wonky garter stitch scarves for my teddy bears, I decided to branch out into something more adventurous. We lived in Alloa, where the Paton mills were based, and we always used to go to the mill sales to buy yarn. I selected some lovely moss green double knitting, and set out to make a scarf for an old lady that we knew. Despite using 5mm needles, the scarf grew far too slowly for...

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