Monty@Home Q&A’s – The Woolly Tangle

What’s your favourite product of yours and why?

I think it would probably be the project bags. They were what I started making and I love the fact that it helps people stay organised & keep their stuff together.

What yarn crafts are you into personally?

Honestly, only knitting. I’ve had a brief flirtation with crochet, but we agreed to part for everyone’s sake! I’d love to try spinning and weaving, but I’m honest enough with myself to know that at the moment I don’t have the time (or the space in the house!) to do another fibre craft justice.

Debbie names everything, do you have names for any of your equipment or tools?

I’m with Debbie on this one! Generally everything has a name and a personality. My sewing machine is called Sally (Singer) & she’s currently in a bit of a sulky grump because I haven’t managed to get her over to the equivalent of the sewing machine spa for her annual pampering session. I’ve promised her I’ll sort it before the school holidays!

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

I made a lacy baby blanket while I was expecting our second. I knitted a simple chunky garter stitch one while pregnant with the eldest & it showed just how far I’d progressed in those three years.

Although if you ask me that one a cold day, I’d probably say my giant cardigan that I spend most of the winter wrapped up in!

What inspires your products?

Several things really. The project bags and stitch markers are really designed for easy of use. I use crafting a lot to help my depression & it’s not helpful if things snag, or are disorganised! I like to be able to grab a bag & know it’ll all just work when I need it to!

The yarn colourways and patterns are very much inspired by the landscapes around me. I’m spoilt with me local area, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in North Wales. The colours are always soothing for my soul when I’m having a bad day & I try & translate that into the yarn.

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

It’s like picking sweets in the shop! I’d go for Wild Bobbin, I love Collette’s colours & she’s been a fabulous stall neighbour!

Who got you into yarn?

The fault for that lies squarely with my friends Anna & Ruth who took me to woolfest. The rest, as they say, is history.

What’s your favourite customer project?

I’ve seen some beautiful shawls knitted up with some of my yarn, but actually my favourite thing is just seeing bags in action being useful.

What’s the hardest part of what you do?

I think it’s the fact that there’s only me doing everything. You can’t blame anyone else if it all goes wrong, or something hasn’t been done! I’ve probably learnt more about how to prioritise my time than I ever did in a regular workplace. I’m lucky that I have other yarny business friends to bounce ideas off, but it’s hard when you’re trying to decide whether something is worth doing, needs changing or needs stopping altogether.

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

I usually have a very eclectic mix on, ranging from Nina Simone, David Bowie, bit of Queen and usually some modern folk music, like Kate Rusby or Seth Lakeman.

What’s your favourite colour?

Honestly, depends on my mood! If I had to narrow it down, it veers between purple and blue.

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

I used to be a professional gardener before I had my boys. If I wasn’t where I am with my health, I would definitely have gone back to it!

What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?

There’s so much to choose from! I love catching up with people I only really see on the circuit, I love nattering to all the customers, but it’s probably nosy-ing at the finished objects that everyone’s wearing that I love the most. It’s like people watching, but with added fibre!

What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?

As mentioned above, I’d love to spin or weave, so probably one of those.

Tell us 3 things we might not know about you

OK, so I’ve already let slip one of those which is that I used to be a professional gardener. I was originally born in the midlands, a mile or so from the Worcester Sauce factory and I studied geography at Leeds Uni.

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

Generally repeatables. I can’t bear the thought of creating something fabulous & then not being able to recreate it! Serious fear of missing out. Longest running are some of the solids, probably honeysuckle & clematis.

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

I have so many things I want to get on to, including a couple of different bag shapes, but I have no idea when I’m going to get time to get them done so I won’t tease you, just in case!!

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

Chicken-sized zombies, every time. Just because I really don’t fancy giant chickens!