Ruth will be joining Unwind as a vendor so I asked her to answer a few questions and share some of her crafting experiences with us...
Please introduce yourself and your business in 2-3 sentences.
Hello. My name is Ruth Chester, I started the company in early 2008 wanting to showcase a range of predominantly natural fibres that were independently sourced. Over time we have become known for our knitting kits; aimed mainly at early and returning knitters but increasingly more complex and perfect gifts. A range of children's and adult beginner kits will be unveiled later in 2014.
|Hamper from The Little Knitting Company|
What treats can we look forward to seeing at your stand during Unwind?
Our rosewood knitting needles and DPNs are always a huge hit, in sizes 2.75mm to 20mm the range now extends from a teeny tiny 6in up to 16in long. We’ve a good selection of summer weight yarns in linen, cotton and ramie blends and we’re hopeful that a consignment of lace blocking wires clears customs in time!
|Rosewood knitting needles|
What supplies would you recommend as a gift for a crafter from your store?
Our Luxury Knitter’s Hampers are a treat and include a comprehensive selection of yarn, needles, Soak and other knitting accessories. A WPI tool is always a handy gadget and our new knitting word search greetings cards are fun too.
How did you craft journey begin?
As a small child I was always “making” things including dresses and scarves for Pippa dolls and teddies. Watching my mum sewing Clothkits pinafores and knitting must have rubbed off on me. My first real project was a garter stitch panda from a Blue Peter show in the mid 70s.
What’s currently in YOUR knitting bag? (notions, sweet wrappers and other paraphernalia welcome here too!)
Erm. Well. Apart from the ubiquitous swatches, Rachel Atkinson’s Reasons To Be Cheerful socks are underway. There is also a HUGE pile of blanket squares waiting to be assembled as a gift from our knitting group to the landlady of the pub that suffered a tragic fire last summer.
What are you looking forward to the most about Unwind?
Being amongst enthusiastic knitters and sharing knitting experiences is always energising, there’s always a new tip or technique to be shared. It will be good to catch up with the other vendors who have become friends. Meeting our online customers and friends “in person” is very rewarding.
A big thank you to Ruth for taking the time to share some insight into her knitting world. You can find The Little Knitting Company’s online woolly emporium by visiting www.tlkc.co.uk. To keep up to date with all of the latest TLKC news, keep an eye on Twitter @lkco and Facebook.