Monty@Home Q&A’s – A Little Bit Sheepish

First things first, tell us a bit about your business…

A Little Bit Sheepish offers a range of fibre goodies. We stock British wool bases, hand dyed yarn in semi solid and variegated shades on bases from 4-ply to Aran.

I also love to design patterns for your yarny purchases and offer these as digital downloads

What’s your favourite product of yours and why?

Often my favourite is the one I am currently working on, although occasionally patterns need a timeout while I think about the details (I admit for some patterns the timeout has gone on over a year!).

Yarnwise I love the semi solid colours for showing off stitch details, I have a particular soft spot for teal and rainbows.2.

What yarn crafts are you into personally?

I like to have a dabble in all of them. Knitting is the craft I spend the most time on, but I enjoy spinning and have recently bought a rigid heddle loom to try as well. This weekend I have some plans for a felted hat project, it might be great, it might go terribly wrong! (I’ll share some pictures on Instagram).

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

So hard to choose! I have been getting a lot of use out of my Ink sweater sample recently with the odd weather, it is a great layering piece

What did you like/dislike most about The 1st Wool Monty back in 2019?

I love the space at The Wool Monty, it gives such a great feel to the show and means there is plenty of room to move about, it means I can stand chatting to people without being in the way of the yarn!

What inspires your products?

I love to play with yarn and fibre, so I just go with that. Patterns start as a vague idea, maybe a stitch pattern and some yarn and needles; I cast on and see where it goes. Often there is a lot of frogging, but you learn something each time.

Splashing colours on yarn is great fun- I love the semisolid yarns, but the variegated are the most fun to dye, grab some colours and splash away.

What’s the hardest part of what you do?

I freely admit I am terrible at photos, both my yarn products and patterns. Where I can I outsource to my very talented friend, she gets great pictures for my patterns. A mini light tent (online bargain!) has greatly helped my product pics.

What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?

They are just such a great experience- chatting to people, all the colours and exciting goodies, squishing yarn in person (because I love to buy yarn as much as sell it).

Tell us 3 things we might not know about you…

I once worked on an alpaca farm, they are so soft and cuddly.
I love pizza (and yes pineapple belongs on pizza).
I keep bees, it is almost as much of an obsession as yarn, I will bore people about it for hours

Do you tend to go for repeatable lines or one-off products?

I have a mixture of repeatable semi-solid colours and splashy variegateds that are either one offs or kind of repeatable but never exactly the same, part of the fun of hand dyed yarns.

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

I have a new pattern out this weekend- Exchange rate is inspired by a love of travel and handknit socks. Use MONTY21 to get 50% off the pattern download until 14th June 2021

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

This one is easy- I would take the 100 chicken sized zombies. Chickens are basically dinosaurs so ten giant ones would be terrifying. Actually ten normal sized ones could do some serious damage if they felt like it!