This week we are getting to know Camilla, owner of Knitting Needle Lane – an online knitting shop and Market Stall in Cambridge, UK.
Camilla launched Knitting Needle Lane in September 2017 and since then has been going from strength to strength offering of a wide range of knitting yarns, books, needles, accessories and much more. Camilla has also recently turned her hand to sewing and has started selling a gorgeous range of project bags and cushions in fun, contemporary patterns.
Let's find out more about Camilla and Knitting Needle Lane.
When and why were you first inspired to first pick up the knitting needles?
My Nan taught me how to knit when I was 7 - she bought me a beautiful kids starter kit one Christmas and it went from there!
What was first thing you ever made?
I made scarfs and little squares to see together to make blankets for a very long time!
How did the idea for Knitting Needle Lane come about?
What do you look for in the products that you stock?
What aspect of running your business do you most enjoy?
What has been the most challenging aspect of running Knitting Needle Lane?
It’s very hard work but I firmly believe you only ever get out of a business the amount you put in - nothing is ever down to luck !
What do people and other businesses locally think about the market stall – are people curious about knitting?
Many people tell me how trendy it’s become - but for me this isn’t a trend it’s been a huge part of my life for a very long time.
What’s the best thing about being so closely involved in the local knitting community?
I love being part of the Market community and I fiercely promote shopping local and independent.
It’s also lovely to be part of the crafting community in Cambridge.
What’s on your needles at the moment?
I’ve got 2 projects on the go! One is a colourful summer cardigan for myself using Jemma’s 4 ply yarn and the other is a jumper for my 6 year old in unicorn colours using Boho by Cygnet !
What can we look forward to from Knitting Needle Lane in the future?