I’m a knitwear designer-maker and author who creates clothes, accessories, toys and books for adults and children. I live in Brighton, England and work from the home I share with my partner, illustrator and graphic designer Francois Hall (who is behind all the funny and wonderful illustrations in my children’s books).
Long ago, on a school science trip to Iceland and the Faroe Islands, I found myself buying hand-spun hanks of yarn and Faroese socks and I knew I was hooked on Nordic textiles and yarn. Unsurprisingly, I studied constructed textiles (not science!), and I’ve since traveled to Scandinavia to research traditional Nordic knitting techniques and textiles and have created knitting collections which explore these techniques using authentic Nordic yarns.
One of the yarns I particularly loved was the pure wool, Faroese Sirri as it’s a beautiful, wildly robust yarn that arrives with more than a little whiff of the sheep remaining. This is all good as it means only one thing - that the yarn is not over processed and still contains plenty of lanolin. Consequently, it is a joy to knit with and responds wonderfully to washing when its softer and more fragrant character is revealed.