Amanda Bucci in her new knitting shop, Wightcat Wools, in Central Market, Scarrots Lane, Newport. Picture by Robin Crossley.
BUSINESS "PEOPLE have a misconception knitting is only for older people, but it is fun and trendy with people of all ages from all walks of life now."
Amanda Bucci, from Newport, was just 19 when she set up Wightcat Wools in the back corner of her family’s shop Wightcat Crafts on Carisbrooke Road, Newport, and has now taken a big step and set up her own shop at the Central Market in Scarrots Lane.
She said: "It’s brilliant. I’ve got lots more room for stock and displays to inspire people, though it’s strange for me and mum as I’ve been in her shop for so long.
"People come in and I help them with their knitting and we have somewhere to sit now, and the shop is so bright and colourful."
Amanda, who went to Carisbrooke College, was hooked on knitting from a young age after being taught the craft by her grandmother.
She said: "Now I just can’t sit and watch TV, I have to do something. The whole family are really crafty, my mum and sister crochet. We’re an industrious lot."
After school, Amanda started work in the family shop, and was inspired to start Wightcat Wools after struggling to buy the wools and yarns she wanted for her own knitting.
She said: "Being in with my mum and seeing all the craft things I just wanted to share my enthusiasm for knitting.
"We do a lot of online sales here but I’d like to do more with Islanders, and we’re going to organise some classes and really promote knitting."
Amanda added: "To create something yourself is just amazing and people always know what they're going to get from me for Christmas."