Monty@Home Q&A’s – Thimble and Thread Make

What’s your favourite product of yours and why?

It has to be the Knitters Carry All Backpack. I designed this backpack style bag almost exactly three years ago and this has been a core item of my shop ever since. It marked the time I really began designing and creating my own products in my own style and I still absolutely love the design and how packed the inside is with useful features.

What yarn crafts are you into personally?

I started out in the yarn world by teaching myself to crochet and then knit however it’s just pretty much knitting I do now.

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

I don’t really name things however I do talk to them! Maybe that’s years of working by myself but I do catch myself chatting to my tools sometimes, I’ve just invested in an industrial sewing machine and I’m constantly talking to it to soothe my nerves when using it (it’s a bit of a beast!)

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

Got to be a Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli with silk blend yarns in grey and chartreuse from Hedgerow Yarns. It’s my favourite shawl to wrap around my neck, the yarn is so warm and cosy and drapes beautifully.

What inspires your products?

I have a core range of products and each one I design tends to then inspire the next design. I’m definitely inspired to create something that has many functions and is beautiful but actually a really practical item with lots of useful features. An idea I came up with way back at the end of 2017 was to create an opening in the lining of a cube shaped bag that allows pin badges to be added to the outside of the bag while keeping the backings safely away from the bag contents and yarn. This one idea then inspired a whole domino effect of products and ideas.

Who got you into yarn?

You know, I don’t actually know! I taught myself to knit and then I think I just fell down a rabbit hole of watching podcasts and looking up mentioned things on Etsy and it went from there.

What’s the hardest part of what you do?

I think being on my own so much. I actually do like my own company but sometimes it’s tough not having someone else in the business to bounce ideas off and chat things through with.

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

At the moment I’m slightly obsessed with the soundtrack from ‘It’s a Sin’ on Channel 4 so I’m playing that a lot on Spotify. But it could something like 90s House or Fleetwood Mac, I like a real mix of music depending on my mood.

What’s your favourite colour?

At the moment I have the most beautiful teal green emerald coloured canvas I’m using to make The Trugs and I love it. So that colour or grey or mustard, I tend to stay away from bright, rainbow colours. It took me a long time to realise that as much as I like brighter colours and I can appreciate them, I will never wear them so I would buy yarn in those colours but then never want to knit with them so now I tend to stick with a muted colour palette. I had to almost give myself permission to go with the muted colours, especially when I used to podcast as I thought everyone wanted to see colours which I know sounds silly.

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

I have no idea! None! I did originally go to college to be a Nurse but then moved to University to study Criminology and Social Science so maybe something in that field but I really don’t know. I started my business 6 years ago when my youngest child started pre-school so had been out of the workplace for a few years.

What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?

It would have be meeting up friends and just the atmosphere in general, it’s so nice to just wander around and just take in all the colour of the yarn and accessories and creativity that’s everywhere at shows.

What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?

I’ve never tried spinning and quite fancy a go at that but I wish I could weave a beautiful big piece of wall art.

Tell us 3 things we might not know about you

Hhhmmmm…okay. 1. We’ve just moved into a 1930s house and are currently renovating it back to it’s beautiful self, I’ve just designed the bathrooms in an Art Deco style and they’ve come out looking fabulous. 2. I’ve been caught up in the strongest ever Hurricane whilst on holiday. 3. I once met Mary Berry in Harrods.

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

I tend to do a bit of everything. I have a core range of products that include The Knitters Carry All Backpack, The Trug, Basket, etc and then I have some products I will make as Limited Edition and will have a few bags to order in that print (like the 6th Birthday Trug) and then just some complete one of a kind items. My longest running item has to be the Canvas Cube Bag which I introduced at the end of 2017 and is still really popular. I’ve designed a special ‘Summer Meadow Trug’ especially for Wool Monty and this will be Limited Edition with a limited number made, it’s a beautiful canvas bag with a leather handle that I’ve hand stamped with hares and wild flowers and will come in a both a coloured ink version and a black ink version on either Natural or Mustard canvas.

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

I have more ideas to make seasonal Trugs, I will have the Halloween Kit back (which started in 2016!) and be putting together something really special for Christmas/Winter themed. I am always working away on the next new design as each one takes several months to perfect so there will be something new by the end of year.

Do you have regular subscriptions or clubs? If so tell us about them

I don’t have regular Clubs at the moment but have offered these in the past, however I started putting together Halloween Kits and Christmas and Winter themed Kits back in 2016 and they make an appearance every year so I guess they are similar to having a Club. They always include a choice of bag style and size, a DPN/circular needle holder and lots of other goodies.

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

100 chicken-sized zombies.