Monty@Home Q&A’s – The Knitting Companion

What’s your favourite product of yours and why?

My favourite product is “The Knitter’s Companion”. This is a spiral bound A4 notebook for knitters. It is a really useful tool and has lots of sections such as listing your favourite podcasts, yarn shows, projects. The main part is full of project pages which enable the knitter to record details of their project as they work through their pattern or indeed design their own.
It was designed because I was looking to buy one everywhere and couldn’t find one.

What yarn crafts are you into personally?

I am quite confident as a knitter and always have something on my needles. I love all types of knitting and enjoy doing aran, fairisle intarsia, lace and just plain stocking stitch. I also love crochet and set myself skills to learn and develop in both!

What’s your favourite project you’ve ever made?

My favourite project was Marie Wallin’s “Maple” cardigan in Rowan Felted Tweed but I used different colours. This project highlighted the need for a notebook with ready printed columns of numbers with spaces to add shaping instructions as I followed the chart. Hence The Knitter’s Companion.

If you came to TWM back in 2019 what did you like/dislike most about it?

I didn’t come to the first TWM (on holiday) but I loved the variety of exhibitors and the fact that it was spacious and accessible. My sister is in a wheelchair and it is hard work at some of the shows. The fact that there were plenty of toilets and rest areas really appealed to me too. I know that when I have attended shows, it is wonderful to have a coffee and cake while I convince myself to make that purchase because I would regret it if I didn’t!

What inspires your products?

I am an ideas person. I also love pretty things. All my products are made by me and are useful. I have crafty friends who make suggestions and encourage me. My husband Mike is very supportive, coming to shows, helping with setting up and transport!

If you could collaborate with another TWM vendor, who would you choose and why?

This is too difficult to answer! There are some fabulous vendors, but I absolutely adore Wensleydale Longwool Shop, Riverknits, Em Cross Ceramics and Owl about Yarn!

Who got you into yarn?

My Mum taught me to knit. When I had my children I really loved knitting beautiful garments for them. Now they are both fathers and I knit for my 4 grandchildren. My maternal Gran taught me to crochet.

What’s the hardest part of what you do?

Having to do other things that take up so much time. I have caring responsibilities for my Mum who lives around the corner. She is a lovely lady who lives independently but needs a lot of support since my Dad died in January 2020.

You’re travelling to a yarn show, what are you listening to on the way?

Easy – radio 2.

What’s your favourite colour?

Blues, duck egg blue, lilac, pale pinks, grey.

If you weren’t running a yarn business what would you be doing?

I am retired. I used to be a Community Mental Health Nurse and I loved my job. It is so rewarding to see people recover and get on with their lives. I worked with some brilliant colleagues and remember my time in psychiatry with great fondness.

What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?

Meeting people! I love meeting other vendors and catching up with them. I have some customers who visit us regularly. Its great when you get feedback about your products!

What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?

I wish I could spin! It looks so relaxing!

Tell us 3 things we might not know about you

I have diplomas in aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head massage. I am trained in auricular acupuncture and Reiki and have presented at National Conferences about the use of complementary therapies in mental health.

Can you give us any hints of things you’ve got coming up soon?

Watch out for dpn cases, yarny notebooks and lots more gorgeous cards!

And finally, just for fun, would you rather fight 100 chicken-sized zombies or 10 zombie-sized chickens?

10 zombie sized chickens!