I have always had an interest in wool. We wore it at home (my mother used to open all the windows and tell us to put a jumper on if we were cold!), we had a family connection to Shetland - world famous for it's wool - and I love sheep and used to spend every spring lambing for sheep farmers I knew, before I had children.
I started making these jumpers for our son when he was a baby because we were living in a damp house with no central heating and cotton clothing felt wet. I spent a lot of my first pregnancy googling 'how to keep babies warm in a damp house' (as well as panicking about covid). I had difficulty finding 100% wool jumpers for babies online; all I could find was either merino (wonderfully soft but not very strong or suitable as 'outerwear' and not typically grown in the UK), or it had synthetic material in it, described as a 'wool mix' and more often than not, covered in images of dinosaurs, so I started making wool clothing myself without the dinosaurs.
Wool is warm when wet, antibacterial, fire resistant and breathable. If it was discovered today, it would be hailed as a sort of wonder material. My children wear these jumpers day in, day out, on a very windy Cornish penninsula and so do I. They stand up well against the weather, they don't smell and don’t need constant washing unlike every other item of clothing worn by small children.
I started making adult jumpers to match because I had such a lot of demand. These and the tank tops have been unexpectedly and wildly popular and I am very grateful for every order! I don't profess to know much about fashion, nor can I claim to be a textile artist. I aim to make functional, long lasting clothing that doesn't fall apart.
I only do four colourways per year (they launch in September) because there is just so much choice on the internet, it scrambles my brain a bit.
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