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There's a knitting revival and The Knitting Project has got a kit to get you started

PUBLISHED: 11:39 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013

There's a knitting revival and The Knitting Project has got a kit to get you started

There's a knitting revival and The Knitting Project has got a kit to get you started

Franny Morris, a nurse and mother of three living in West Alvington, Kingsbridge has started a fledgling business The Knitting Project inspired by her passion for knitting.

Franny Morris, a nurse and mother of three living in West Alvington, Kingsbridge has started a fledgling business The Knitting Project inspired by her passion for knitting.


Following years of frustration at being unable to find good quality knitting kits to buy friends and family as gifts, she decided to make her own. She has designed three cosy styles for 2 ball kits using Rowan Felted Tweed, aimed at the improving beginner. She has made the instructions clear to follow and offers additional support via her blog http://www.theknittingproject.wordpress.com. Its early days for The Knitting Project having only launched in April, however she has received a lot of positive feedback and interest already. She will be exhibiting at the Kingsbridge Show on 1st September 2012 and is running a knitting workshop at Harbour House, Kingsbridge on 13th October 2012, aimed at basic knitters.


A keen knitter since her early twenties, Franny originally learnt to knit at her convent school in Dublin aged six. Shes always loved the different textures and fibres that can be found in wool, and has gradually increased her skill base by challenging herself to knit more complex designs. She enthuses about knitting and relentlessly tries to encourage anyone who shows an interest to have a go. Franny firmly believes it to be the perfect hobby which can be done by anyone irrespective of age, gender, level of fitness or economic status.


She and her family relocated to Devon from Sheffield in 2004 and she has since struggled to dovetail her nursing career with family life. Franny had never considered a career change but had secretly fantasised about having a knitting business one day, and decided with the help from her family that it was time to pursue her dream.


When asked why now, she said There is an amazing craft revival at the moment, so now seems the right time to get involved. Im trying lots of ideas, asking lots of questions and learning from my mistakes. Im on an incredibly steep learning curve but I have the fundamental belief that Ive got a really good product and concept. We wondered what had inspired her idea. Franny replied Ive spoken to so many people over the years who frequently say that they dont feel theyre good enough to actually make something or they remember having learnt to knit but feel its a skill that theyve lost. So I created my kits to be achievable projects for even the most basic knitter but with a few additional techniques to develop their skills. Im hoping that when theyve finished their project, not only will they have something really lovely to use and cherish, but it will give them the confidence to go on and try their own projects.


In addition Franny co-hosts a knitting group which meets alternate Tuesdays at the Royal Oak, Malborough 7-9pm. Its free to attend and all crafters welcome.


Email theknittingproject@hotmail.co.uk

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