In 2010 Carol taught Alison how to knit a dress for a party and from this a shared love of knitting began. Carol (Maw Wonky) has been knitting since the early 80s and ran a knitwear shop in Melrose, Scottish Borders, when Alison (Chief Wonky) was running around the primary school playground. The name emerged long before the business concept as Carol tried to teach Alison to hand knit, resulting in a very ‘interesting scarf’, which became known as the Wonky Woolie. In 2012 Alison took the decision to turn their hobby into a business and Wonky Woolies was born.
Glasgow’s Handmade Team
Fiona (AKA “The Pom Queen”) joined the team in the summer of 2014. She grew up in Texas, but moved across to do a BA in Scottish Music followed by a MA in Sound Production and refuses to go back to the heat. An avid hobby knitter, crocheter, spinner, and lace maker, she holds the workshop record for fastest time to make 10 poms.
Karoline recently graduated from Glasgow school of Art specialising in knitted textiles. She joined Team Wonky as an intern in November 2015 and continued to work with us becoming an integral part of the team. She is incredibly creative and really enjoys visiting museums, travelling to new countries and going home to visit her family in Norway. Karoline has a love of good food and will never say no to the last piece of cake in our workshop bake-offs!
Debbie graduated from Heriot Watt university with a BA Hons in Fashion Knitwear and has been working in the fashion & costume industry for 10 years. She frequently gets commissions for her costume design including with the Scottish national opera her work has been seen on the catwalks of London Fashion week! She has decided knitting is her superpower and lives here in sunny Glasgow with her hubby and wonky kids!
Hayley joined Team Wonky in January 2016 while completing her final year of knitwear at Glasgow School of Art. She has developed her knitting skills to a high standard and is now engaged with pattern design. When she’s not power knitting through orders in our workshop she loves nothing better than exploring Scotland and conquering a wee hill or two such as Ben Lomond and Ben Venue.
Linzie is a born and bred Glasgow girl who graduated from the school of Art in 2012 with a BA (hons) in weave. Since joining team Wonky in August 2016 her newly discovered joy and passion for Knitting is growing daily. She completed her training on the knitting machines within the workshop and up to speed in time for the Christmas rush. She is also the proud Mother of two cute wee fluffy bunnies!
Agata became part of Team Wonky in October 2016 and since then has mastered our industrial sewing linker, lovingly named Hank. She originates from Poland and has lived in Scotland for 11 years. She is a self-taught seamstress, a hand knitting hobbyist and an adoptive mummy to two fluffy bunnies (who may or may not be kitted out in said hobbies?!)
Sarah joined the team in October 2016 after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art. We saw her collection of beautiful textured cushion’s at the graduate show, which really stood out, so we contacted her to see if she’d like to work alongside us. Sarah likes to keep creative and explore new places which inspire her knitting and embroidery projects. We love her distinctive style and her hair and makeup is always aspiration.
Eleanor Eves – GSA intern
Originally from North Yorkshire, Ellie came to study textiles at the Glasgow school of art, specialising in knitwear. She heard about the Wonky Woolies intern programme through an industry talk and immediately fell in love with our designs. Ellie is due to graduate in 2017 and is excited to do a lot more knitting and possibly an MA. Her favourite place is Gourock open air swimming pool, Scotland (on a sunny day!!!)
Ruaridh dog joined the company in November 2015 and was immediately recruited as the face of the Christmas campaign. He took this overnight exposure in his stride and revelled in the abundance of treats, toys and cuddles bestowed upon him. In his spare time he loves to play fetch (sometimes with pompoms) and he’s a keen biking trail dog. Gravy bones are a firm favourite.