There’s a new stall in the Market on Sundays. It’s bright, colourful, sells beautiful yarns from around the world and makes me want to resurrect my long-dormant knitting skills!
Camilla Carter set up Knitting Needle Lane last autumn, a decision sparked by the closure of her favourite local wool supplier and a family holiday in Cyprus, where she browsed happily in Nicosia’s many yarn shops and then had a light bulb moment. Returning home, Camilla built her website and started selling online. She now also has a regular Sunday market stall where she is enjoying dealing directly with customers as well as being part of the friendly and welcoming market community.
There’s a great selection of yarns on the stall and it’s always changing as Camilla moves with the trends. You’ll find established names such as Sirdar and James C Brett alongside Toft, a contemporary brand, Blossom DK for baby knitting and mixed colour skeins of colourwheel yarn.
From Manos del Uruguay in South America comes hand dyed yarn produced by this non-profit organisation which was founded in 1968 to give rural women jobs in their home towns. You can read more about this fabulous enterprise on http://www.roosteryarns.com/about-manos-del-uruguay
Sourced closer to home, Camilla stocks bespoke hand dyed skeins of yarn from Cambridge resident Jemma Arrowsmith of “Under the Olive Tree”, who also supplies shawl, hat and cowl packs complete with a pattern and yarn in the kit. Camilla also sells knitting needles, crochet hooks, knitting bags and other supplies.
Camilla has been knitting since she was seven years old. Taught by her grandmother and then her mother-in-law, she’s always enjoyed the soothing creativity of this hobby which counterbalances her busy family life and her professional life as founder of Marketing Magic and as joint owner, with husband Stuart, of the wooden window and door company, Cambridge Classics. Now Camilla is planning to pass on her skills at knitting classes held in conjunction with Sewing Daze at Witchford, near Ely. The six week course, open to all from beginner level, will happen on Tuesday evenings starting on 23rd January and costs £30, which includes needles and yarn. Plus there will be tea and Camilla’s home made cake ….. sounds like a pretty perfect evening to me!!
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