So how did Sue begin her fascination with knitting? Many of Sue’s close family were involved in the medical profession and she was all set to follow them when a friend introduced her to the heady delights of art college right in the middle of her A levels.
She gave up all thoughts of medicine for drawing, sewing and fashion design - a brave decision. Sue went on to study fashion and knitwear at Nottingham Trent, which has become a hotbed of amazing British hand knit designer talent over the years.
Sue is an amazing all round designer but is particularly brilliant with children’s knits. She created all the designs in our Drift collection. We asked her what she takes into account when designing for children. “Comfort and softness of yarn – kids can’t be doing with itchy , scratchy yarn,” she says which is why she likes working with Yarn Stories yarns. “I also make sure there is plenty of ease for movement and most kids like to be cool and ‘grown up’ so my designs need to be on trend and fun.”
So which is her favourite design from the Drift collection? “Oooh that’s a tricky question as I like all of them. I’m particularly proud of Shingle, but I also love the Matelot handwarmers - they are so pretty with the mock cable stitch and the buttoned strap. They make a fab quick pressie for a favourite niece.”
In fact, Shingle was so popular that we had lots of emails asking us to turn it in to an adult garment. We asked Sue to do just that for our latest collection – Botanics . “I think Lantana is a great classic cardie; it goes with lots of outfits, is relatively easy to knit yet has this really eye catching panel down the back that is so pretty. It’s like a surprise quirky detail, that is quite unexpected,” she explains.
We can’t wait to work with Sue again.