Author: Anna


It was Christmas Eve 2018. There were a last few last-minuters coming in for row counters and stitch markers to bulk out stockings, but the rush for yarn had passed. I looked around the shop struggling with the immensity of what had to be done over the coming week. Christmas Day was now all that stood between closing up and… Read more →


Carrot cake, lemon cake, chocolate cake.. Gail never arrives at the shop without a cake, her knitting and a smile that lights up the room. She comes from across town in Enfield to sweeten the shop’s monthly Late Night Knitty Lock-in, where she’s got the closest thing we have to a permanent seat reservation. There’s a pleasing pattern to the… Read more →


There was something a little magical about Sabira’s arrival at the Winter 2019 Sweater Club. Never mind that she’d only booked her place hours before it began or that most of the others were already serial sweater club attendees, or that she’d never even been in the shop before. She took a seat and pulled out some astonishingly beautiful deep… Read more →


I think of Cara and I hear the shop door swinging open and see her entering with a slightly perplexed look, and know it’s time to reach for my tape measure. Cara is in persuit of the perfect fit and her persuance of it, shouldn’t be underestimated. Cara’s finished sweaters, of which there are now reassuringly plenty, fit her so… Read more →


⁠ Francince Merry walked into the shop on a sunny morning just a few months after I opened in 2014, wearing a fabulously elaborately cabled red jacket, which she quickly explained had recently been featured in a big knitting magazine. She’d already started an even more impressive fairisle sweater by Catherine Earnshaw. I tried and failed to make a literary… Read more →


I’m beginning this series with Helen Eatherton, a prolific and skilled knitter who lives by the Essex coast. I follow her progress by the books and yarns she orders online. Occasionally she’ll rock up in person, quietly and unannounced. Like Mary Poppins she brings a bag from which she pulls out one fabulous completed project after another. She’ll already have… Read more →

How to knit a pair of mitts

<img class="alignright wp-image-1178 size-thumbnail" src="×150.jpg" alt="IMG_4987 (Small)" width="150" height="150" srcset="http://www agile project×150.jpg 150w,×170.jpg 170w,×320.jpg 320w,×100.jpg 100w” sizes=”(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px” /> This single class covers the basics to get you started as a new knitter, Skill level: complete knitting novices – no previous experience necessary You will learn how to: cast on knit purl create a thumb hole… Read more →

How to open a wool shop: Part II

After all these weeks of wondering if this funny little mis-shapen shop will ever be fit for wool, the thrill of finishing the fitting on Sunday was ecstatic. Now it turns out that ecstasy is not the best head state for considered population of new shop with wool. So when I got in on Monday morning I faced an arrangement… Read more →

A good ache

Copyright Sylvie Joly In spite of the last month’s disorder, mess and apparent randomness, there are emerging patterns. I pull my bike out of the hallway and round the corner up Isabella Road, nod and smile to the school caretaker having a fag outside the gates, squeeze down the side of the cars backed up along Urswick road, and pull… Read more →

Untangling the store room

To begin with the main challenge with the daily deliveries of parcels was just excercising sufficient self control to hold back from tearing off the brown packing tape  and sinking my sore hands into all that soothing wool. I tried to stash them all in the back store room before temptation got the better of me. It didn’t always work…… Read more →