The Whitchurch shopkeeper who shares the joy of knitting with his customers

Opening time: We open from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday morning.

When did you open your business and why?

My business has been open for about two years now, but before that I worked in country markets, making cakes and doing handicrafts.

But when Country Markets closed, I moved on and started my own business.

It was at the market and they were selling cakes, homemade cakes.

It used to be the WI stand, it was taken over by National Markets years ago and it has continued.

Country Markets is a nationwide business but ours is closed.

But I continued my knitting.

I was in country markets for about four years.

Why this location?

I’m local, live in Wirswall and it’s just convenient for me to come every Friday morning.

Sadly, a lot of the markets aren’t as busy as they used to be, but as a location it’s central, well-designed, and has been around for a long time.

People are used to it, people love the tradition.


Tell us about your business?

I love to knit and if you have a hobby and love to knit, you must have an outlet.

Some people knit and donate things to the charity shop but I love talking to people, seeing people wearing my clothes and also doing special days for people.

I use wool, I buy, I sometimes sell wool too.

If I get my wool at a good price, I can resell it at a good price

We sell a lot of baby things, baby knitted clothes are very popular.

I also sell adult things and this morning I sold two cardigans and a jumper to an elderly lady, she was in her 80’s and she was absolutely delighted with it.

What was your proudest moment?

My greatest pride is the pleasure of helping people and giving something they cannot do themselves, like hand knitting.

I had a lady at Christmas who came.

It was when Covid-19 was on and she was a farmer’s wife and she decided that she was going to have their Christmas party or Christmas dinner at the dairy because they had visitors coming and qu it was going to be cold.

She bought all my bobble hats, instead of buying flowers, etc.

Everyone had a different bobble hat and she came over after Christmas and told me what a big hit it was and it made me very proud.

I kept trying to imagine Christmas Day, these people all wearing my bobble hats.

These two years have been difficult, but we continue.

It’s a market town, we have to maintain the market and we just have to do our best.

It is important for the city and also for bringing people from other villages into the city.

What was your weirdest request?

I haven’t really had any unusual requests, they’re usually completely normal.

I find it difficult to answer actually.