About us

Wonky Woolies is a family run business based in Kelso, Scottish Borders.  Established in 2012 by Alison and her mum Carol, the company has grown from their love of making garments on their domestic knitting machines, to operating a small batch manufacturing workshop.  Joined by husband and designer Graham in 2017 and Heriot Watt textile graduate Georgia in 2019, Team Wonky blend their combined knowledge of knitwear and technology to create the highest quality of products in a sustainably conscious manner.

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Wonky Woolies Stockists

Support your local high street and try before you buy at one of our stockists listed here.  Click on the highlighted ones to read our blog and find out a bit more about them.

  • Iona Craft Shop, Isle of Iona
  • The Coo’s Tail Gallery , 33 Traill Street, Thurso, Caithness
  • 239 The High Street , Portobello, Edinburgh
  • Hammerton Store, 336 Great Western Road, Aberdeen
  • Abbotsford House, Melrose, Roxburghshire
  • Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Easy Riders, Poole, Dorset

If you are interested in becoming a stockist of our knitted accessories, please click this link to get in touch for more information and trade prices.

Our story

From the initial concept to the present day, follow the timeline of our family business.
2010

Alison (Chief Wonky) attempted to hand knit a scarf, it turned out pretty Wonky and was christened her Wonky Woolie.

2011

Guided by her mum Carol (Maw Wonky), the knitting got better, the name stuck.

2012

Wonky Woolies became a business, launching with a small collection of hats at Scotland’s Autumn trade fair in Glasgow.

2013

The business moved into its first workshop in Central Chambers on Hope Street, Glasgow, where more knitters joined to form #teamwonky

2014

Wonky Woolies won the RBS award ‘most enterprising business of the year’ for their bespoke design and knitting service.

2015

Chosen to design a collection for the National Trust of Scotland, focused on nature, wildlife, and Scotland’s built heritage.

2016

A mentorship with the iconic knitwear brand Johnsons of Elgin introduced Chief Wonky to modern knitting machine wizardry, a seed was planted.

2017

Invested in machinery and premises for a small batch production facility in the picturesque town of Kelso, Alison’s home region of the Scottish Borders.

2018

Wonky Woolies featured in The Times, The Herald and The Scotsman which highlighted their job creation and investment in the sustainability of UK manufacturing.

2019

Shortlisted for ‘manufacturer of the year’ at the Scottish Borders business excellence awards held at Cardrona.

2020

Restructured the workshop and manufacturing methods enabling Team Wonky to remain safe and work from home during the pandemic.

2021

Received funding from Business Gateway to develop a new website with Glasgow based design agency Rair, hello!