Studio/shop: Crossways Road (across from the free car park), Grayshott, Surrey GU26 6HG. Because we are a working studio, visits (from 28 August onwards) are by appointment only. This avoids a wasted journey on your part and ensures we can give you our full attention: 01428 288010
“purveyor of luxury yarns and knitting tools”
I love the way that sounds…it harks back to a time that life was slower. I wouldn’t want time to turn back, I just love that we now have the choice as to when we want to live fast and when we want to slow down. Hand-knitting is just that; a scintillating bite of ZEN, a small calm or calming oasis in the daily bustle that is early 21st century living in our fast-changing world.
Until December 2013, I was “purveying my yarns” mainly from the garage of my home, building the stand at each show from scratch and moving the odd bicycle to reach every item on the growing list of daily web-orders. The time was right to make the jump and move my business into its own home (cue collective sigh of relief at home, as they were getting squashed by my ever increasing need for space). When I found a multi-functional workspace on my doorstep I grabbed it, which means that customers aren’t exclusively dependent anymore on the shows I attend when they want to come squish yarns or try out some needles. Grayshott is a small village, so the main focus remains with online and show sales, but it’s a big jump forward and I’m thrilled.
After starting out with a range of dyeing and knitting kits in 2008, followed by a book in 2009, I am now developing a range of exclusive yarns, dyed by the most illustrious Indie guest-dyers. Soliloquy Sock Lace was introduced in the Spring of 2011. An “extra fine fingering” or “an old-fashioned 3-ply”, it sits in between a lace-weight (of about 800 m per 100 gr) and a sock-weight (of around 400 m per 100 gr) and it is ideal for fine socks, shawls and vintage patterns.
2012 saw the follow up with a second Sock Lace called AlpacaBoo. As the name implies, it is a smooth blend of Baby Alpaca and Bamboo, resulting in a lusciously drapey yarn that, as its original MerinoSilk counterpart, is a dream to knit. Also in 2012 followed sport-weight called Trinity Twist. A lush blend of BFL, silk and nylon in a high-twist yarn. The perfect trinity indeed, both squishy and strong. It knits wickedly hard-wearing socks and gives beautiful stitch definition to textured knits.
Supporting the yarns is a growing collection of knitting patterns and an exciting collaboration with Jennie Atkinson, of Rowan fame, who uses Soliloquy for some of her design inspiration.
And when Jennie started planning her own stands at some of the shows she accompanied me at in 2012 and 2013, Andrea Franklin, designer and the most amazing pattern cutter, was looking to do more than just produce my tiny range of Knitting Smocks and Spinning Pinnies. Moving into the studio at the end of 2013 has given us the space and perfect platform to develop our collaboration. Which means a growing collection of unique crafting garments, with numerous exciting ideas lining up to be introduced in the course of 2014.
So when you find yourself in the vicinity of Grayshott, feel free to drop in for a cuppa, a chat and a fondle of some strands; just give us a buzz first to ensure we’re here!
I am happy to come talk or do a workshop in either dyeing or knitting. if you are part of a group that may be interested, please send me an email (to the address in the next sentence) and I will give you an idea of available dates and workshop options.
Lastly, if you’d like to be kept abreast of new products, special offers, free patterns and upcoming events, just drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a regular newsletter (without any obligation of course).
Tall Yarns ‘n Tales is the trading name of Pieke Products Ltd., Co. number 03625073, registered in Cardiff.