Monty@Home Q&A’s – All Wool That Ends Wool

First things first, tell us a bit about your business and how you got started.

I have always loved arts and crafts and have turned my hand to most of them over the years. However after teaching myself to crochet I discovered hand dyed yarn. I decided to look into the process of hand dyeing and have a try myself – I was soon dyeing more than I could possibly ever use and so All Wool That Ends Wool was born.

What’s your favourite product of yours and why?

At the moment I love self stripe yarn, they are very time consuming to prepare and dye but I really enjoy the methodical process.

What yarn crafts are you into personally?

I occasionally knit – mainly samples for display but I’m terribly slow – so I don’t get new samples finished very often. And of course I still crochet every now and then.

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

A king size blanket for my sons bed. I was awake until 2am Christmas morning to get it finished in time and he hasn’t slept a night without it since.

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

We both loved the amount of space, it was great to have so much room and not have to keep moving out of peoples way when they wanted to browse.

What inspires your products?

I love bold and bright colours, I’m forever taking photos of colourful things to recreate in yarn. My inspiration otherwise it’s just what colours I’m drawn to that day, so its not unknown for me to have pastel or dark moody days.

Who got you into yarn?

My first memory of yarn is sitting on the table of my mums wool stall on Oldham market, she also had a wool shop near school. I never thought I’d have a Wool based business of my own.

What’s your favourite customer project?

There are lots of socks that have been made that I adore, but my favourite item is a shawl that I use as the main photo on my website gallery page. It was made using my Midsummer Nights Dream colour way and it’s beautiful.

What’s the hardest part of what you do?

Paperwork, it’s always hard to sit down and do the ‘office jobs’ when all I really want to do is dye yarn.

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

Usually the radio XS Manchester or Green Day

What’s your favourite colour?

It has always been red.

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

The business became my part-time then later my full time job, after being made redundant from my job as a senior therapist and manager at a local beauty salon, so I suppose I would have found another beauty job – although I did consider training to be a teaching assistant at that time.

What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?

I like catching up with the other vendors and seeing what they’ve been working on and meeting the customers as it’s the only time I get to meet them.

What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?

I would love to be able to knit fast. My mum can knit an item in a day, whereas I’ve probably only managed to cast on.

Tell us 3 things we might not know about you

I used to – until I had children (and my husband still does), race in extreme off-road car races.
I spent a week camping in the Sahara desert.
I have done beauty treatments for quite a few of the cast of Coronation Street.

Do you tend to go for repeatable lines or one-off products? What’s your longest-running product, range or colourway?

I tend to offer repeatable colourways. I’d love to do more one offs but I usually end up with something that I can repeat.
My most popular and one of the longest running colourways are the Midsummer yarns – a rainbow section with another main colour, black being the most popular. If knit in the round it can make a flash of rainbow 🌈

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

Lots of self stripe.

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

100 chicken size zombies. I used to have chickens and as lovely as they were I wouldn’t have wanted to come across a zombie sized one let alone 10.