When I opened Purl A Row in 2018 I had a firm vision in mind of what I wanted and where I wanted the shop to go. Top of my list was inclusivity and accessibility. Being a disabled person myself I know the struggles faced on a daily basis of being able to find accessible places. I am also a very proud to be inclusive in my shop and welcome everyone and I mean everyone and should have a inclusivity statement which I expect everyone to abide by when in my shop whether working there or taking part in a class or just shopping. I will and have asked people to leave who fail to grasp that my shop is a safe space.

Secondly I wanted to support small farmers, British indy dyers and British wool producers. I am achieving this and will continue to do so.

Thirdly I wanted to create a community space. This space is for everyone to come learn, socialise and just be. I have an open table policy and always have, where people can come sit chat and enjoy a brew. You don’t even have to bring a project to work on. As long as there is no class on you can come. I have 2 sit & social groups dedicated time for anyone to come along with or without a project to chat, get help and advice and just spend time. These are not teaching opportunities though they really are to give you a time and space to socialise and feel welcome.

There is nothing I enjoy more than talking wool, patterns and all things knitting with people I will even have a go at chatting crochet but please don’t ask me specifics on that as I’m not very good at it.

It does often come as a surprise to people that I’ve been knitting for 35 years and professionally for around 15 and I do like to think that I know what I am talking about.

Going forward my vision for the future is for the Purl A Row community to grow, to have more people from minority communities come in and join us, to add more natural fibres whilst keeping a well stocked acrylic section and to keep on providing my knowledge and warm welcome to all.

So if you want to find a community full of every kind of knitter and crocheter do come in.

Warm Woolly Wishes