The Wool Clip shop at Caldbeck in Cumbria has re-opened with a selection of colourful crochet creations from a new member, Tracey Todhunter (56) of Armathwaite in the Eden Valley.
Tracey is a knitwear and crochet designer, trading individually as Granny Cool and now the 12th member of the Cumbrian Wool Clip co-operative.
"I've been a keen follower of The Wool Clip and a regular Woolfest visitor for years," says Tracey, "so I am really looking forward to being part of this amazing group of designers and makers. It should mean that I can reach new customers with my designs and I'm keen to share my enthusiasm for wool crafts, particularly crochet. The name Granny Cool came from the perception of crochet as being all about granny squares and not at all cool – I hope that I can convince people to give it a try and find out more about what's possible."
"Tracey's work is something a bit different for us and her reputation in the wool craft media should mean that we can attract new customers out to Caldbeck in the coming months," says Ruth Strong, current chair of The Wool Clip co-operative. "Joining the team is all about bringing something fresh to our mix of crafts and range of styles but it is also important that we all share the same commitment to promoting British wool and sharing amazing wool craft skills, enthusiasm and ideas. Tracey is going to be a great addition to The Wool Clip."
Tracey Todhunter, new member of The Wool Clip, April 2021
Tracey has been crocheting since she was a child and started making up designs in the 1970s when crochet patterns for teenagers were scarce. She likes to make, to teach and to chat about all things yarn related and she is the author of several books, including the Woman's Weekly Guide to Crochet (2016) and 200 More Crochet Stitches (published in 2019).
"I'll be selling crochet kits and finished items using British wool and natural fibres in The Wool Clip shop," she says, "and I will continue to sell my designs to craft magazines too. I like patterns that are quick, simple and easy to follow, so that's what I write. My range includes homewares as well as fun, easy-to-wear items for children and babies that often use just one skein of yarn."
A selection of Tracey's work - from cushions and cowls to slippers and scarves as well as bags, bunting and buttoned up mittens - is now on display and for sale at The Wool Clip in Priest's Mill, Caldbeck.The shop is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.30am to 4pm.