It all started when my mother taught me to knit. I think I was about six or seven at the time.  I have four sisters and am the second eldest.  I made clothes for all our dolls and teddy bears.  I also loved to sew, so I did the entire outfit.  We lived opposite a clothing factory so I had lots offcuts to work with.  I was a member of the local children's library and we did all sorts of crafts there as well. I continued to knit and sew throughout my childhood.  I had a copy of Barbara Walkers 'A Treasury of Knitting Stitches on permanent loan from St Johns St library.  Inspired by that book, I made my first Aran jumper when I was about thirteen.  It was made in a wonderful crunchy acrylic wool, which I bought from Littlewoods. I would love to see that now. On leaving school I bought a sewing machine and a knitting machine. Every saturday I would make a new outfit to wear out that night.  I taught myself to crochet and made various ponchos and dresses. Throughout the years I have continued making things.  I made jumpers for all of my five sons. Making things is my passion.  Jump forward forty years and when I was made redundant from my previous job, someone asked me what I would like to do for a living.  I remember saying in an ideal world I would love to be paid to knit.  Someone must have heard me, because I started knitting for my local wool shop.  From there I went on to become a knitwear and crochet designer.  I also worked as a pattern compiler and knitter for Debbie Bliss.  Over the last few years my designs have been featured in Simply Knitting, Simply Crochet and Let's knit. 

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Throughout the years I have continued making things.  I made jumpers for all of my five sons. Making things is my passion.  Jump forward forty years and when I was made redundant from my previous job, someone asked me what I would like to do for a living.  I remember saying in an ideal world I would love to be paid to knit.  Someone must have heard me, because I started knitting for my local wool shop.  From there I went on to become a knitwear and crochet designer.  I also worked as a pattern compiler and knitter for Debbie Bliss.  Over the last few years my designs have been featured in Simply Knitting, Simply Crochet and Let's knit. 

 

Pictured opposite is my first published pattern for Designer Yarns.  Made in their DY Choice DK yarn. 

One of the many garments I worked on for Debbie Bliss 

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