I love finding out about handicrafters and small business selling handicrafts. One of my favourites is in Kirkwall, Orkney's ancient capital, and is called Tait & Style, which I think must be a pun on Tate and Lyle - the purveyors of Britain's answer to Maple and Agave Syrups - Treacle!
There is a strong tradition of hand and machine knitting on Orkney, and Ingrid Tait also works closely with Shetland knitters – Fair Isle is just to the north, then Shetland (and then the North Pole!) Ingrid Tait draws on a wide range of techniques: hand and machine knitting, crochet, felting, fabric-fusion, embroidery… And she also produces a wide range of designs, from rich, comforting, textural woollies, to quirky graphic designs – both elegant and humorous. Ingrid grew up in Orkney, and after studying in Glasgow, Middlesex and at the Royal College of Art, knew she wanted to return. Click here for more details.