First things first, tell us a bit about your business and how you got started.
I’ve always loved crafting and it was my lovely Grandma who started me with my love of yarn. She mainly crocheted, but by sight, she couldn’t follow a written pattern but could copy something she saw – really clever, I’ve still got the baby shawl she made for my first daughter. I spent many happy hours holding skeins of yarn for her to wind into balls to crochet with. She brought up my Dad during the war so ‘waste not want not’ was always a strong influence – she’d buy handknits from charity shops, unpick them, wash the hanks and then make blankets from the wool.
I’ve knitted and crocheted for as long as I can remember.
I love hand dyed yarn and have been to many yarn shows and have quite a stash of yarn. I bought a few yarn dyeing kits and loved it. I then did Carrie of Peak District Yarns dyeing courses and was hooked. I started dyeing and developing my techniques and style – which is Bright & Beautiful – I love colour. That’s when Yarn by Boo was born. Boo is my family nickname. I really enjoy experimenting with dyeing techniques, colour and different yarn bases.
What’s your favourite product of yours and why?
Usually the last thing I’ve just dyed! But I do love a sock set or a mini skein box.
What yarn crafts are you into personally?
Knitting – particularly socks, I generally have about 3 pairs in progress and crochet blankets. I usually have a blanket on the go.
What’s your favourite project you’ve ever made?
My first pair of socks, it took me ages to master knitting in the round with DPNs as it was pre mini circulars. I’ve still got them!
If you came to TWM back in 2019 what did you like/dislike most about it?
The space, it didn’t feel cramped and the seating areas made it feel very relaxed and friendly.
What inspires your products?
Oo all sorts. Quite often when I’m walking my dogs I might see something or an idea pops into my head – so flowers, food, birds. But generally bright and cheerful colours.
If you could collaborate with another TWM vendor, who would you choose and why?
Oo that’s a tricky question. I love Liz, The Yarnbadger’s self striping yarn, as it’s something I don’t dye. So perhaps I could do a contrast yarn to her fabulous stripes.
Or Carrie from Peak District Yarns as she started me on my yarn dyeing adventure.
Who got you into yarn?
My lovely Grandma, she always had a project or two on the go.
What’s your favourite customer project?
All of them! I love seeing the yarn I’ve dyed knitted up – I do a little happy dance
You’re travelling to a yarn show, what are you listening to on the way?
Oo, that depends, if it’s with my lovely yarny friend Charlotte we’re usually too busy talking – planning projects and what we’re going to buy.
If it’s with Mr H I’m quite often knitting a sock and listening to Radio 2.
What’s your favourite colour?
If you weren’t running a yarn business what would you be doing?
My day job is a University Administrator – so I love my little yarn shop.
What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?
Meeting like minded yarny people, talking yarn, squishing yarn, buying yarn ….. YARN!
What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?
I’d love to master Fairisle but I’ve never got my tension right – I knit too tight.
Tell us 3 things we might not know about you
- I can play the piano (Not very well)
- I hate sprouts
- I once played the flute while being driven round the centre of Sheffield on an open top lorry (pre the days of health and safety and risk assessments)
Can you give us any hints of things you’ve got coming up soon?
More surprise Mini Skein boxes and some new bases are coming to the shop.
Do you have regular subscriptions or clubs? If so tell us about them
I’ve done 4 seasonal mini skein surprise boxes and I’d love to expand this and maybe do some surprise 100g skeins too.
And finally, just for fun, would you rather fight 100 chicken-sized zombies or 10 zombie-sized chickens?
Oo, I love chickens, I used to have 3. So 10 zombie sized chickens and I’d tame them with porridge and sweetcorn!