I learnt to knit as a little girl and over the years knitting has been continuously present in the background, some times more prominent than others. I focused in on it after experiencing miscarriage with my first pregnancy and that is when I created a huge translucent white linen gown – a mourning piece. It took so long to complete that my first child was born before I finished it! Then knitting became a part of young family lifestyle. I enjoyed making garments for my children and seeing them clad in my creations. I often stayed up to knit when they were napping, instead of napping with them.
In 2006 I kicked off my designer maker career with an exhibition at the East London Design Show in Shorditch and the following 7 years were quite focused on designing, making and teaching. I started publishing patterns and in 2010 I organised the first Stitchville knitting retreat.
My style in knitting is modernist and minimalist. I love seamless structure – the challenge and the simplicity of it. I prefer working with luxury natural fibres. I tend to work in the functional, utilitarian area of clothing and accessories. I love teaching to knit and I have successfully taught many people, who have been quite convinced previously that they could not ever learn to knit.
In 2013 I took a long hiatus to look after my son, who was not well and only now do I find myself with enough space, both in my head and in my diary, to return to knitting in a more concerted and serious manner.
I hope you enjoy making my designs. Please, also check the brand new Stitchville knitting retreat at the Castle of Park in Scotland, coming up in February of 2019. There are also residential weekend workshops available: one at the Woodspring Priory and another at the Woodsford Castle.
See you around.