the next shop update will be 21st - 22nd August as part of fibre block party

’If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly’ my dad would always say. It’s something that’s stuck with me and not unsurprising really as even after 30+ years it’s his favourite phase and is still influencing my approach to everything I do. 

After a breakup in my early 20’s I moved to London, vowing to be independent and find a way of supporting myself. I took a job in banking - y’know just for a year, it’ll look good on my CV…

Years later, I was still in banking. The job had changed, I had climbed the ladder and moved up through the ranks. But, I’d also realised that I didn’t belong in this world. I felt out of place and misunderstood and just didn't enjoy it. But living in London, on my own, in my 30’s was expensive and meant that I struggled to make an exit. They talk about golden handcuffs - well they are real. 

an intro to knitting ...

Thanks to an unexpected introduction I found knitting. It quickly became the start of an obsession. Knitting became an escape from work, I was immediately hooked and taught myself from youtube videos, I took myself off to knitting classes, and really began to connect with other knitters. 

I slowly discovered my people as I started to connect with other knitters through social media and going to classes, knit nights and yarn events, To my surprise, there was a world of knitters out there who weren’t your stereotypical ‘little old lady’ trope

After a week retreat with yarny business owners, spending time envious of their businesses and creative lives, it was back to work for me but my longing to have a creative job grew, but it was a while before that dream really started. 

Knitting really is a rabbit hole of yarns, accessories and patterns that in the early days I just wasn’t expecting. When it came to selecting accessories I just couldn’t find any project bags that reflected my style – so I got the sewing machine out and made my own. Encouraged by my friends The Little Grey Girl (TLGG) began, it was the perfect distraction from the 9-5 and another way to get creative. 

TLGG was always a business from the word go, after all, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly – and my first-ever customer is still a customer today. I sent press releases, contacted magazines and I vended at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in my first 6 months of business! Nothing half-hearted about this venture.

and now ...