Knitting fan opens own wool shop

By Sara Bryce

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

 

Knitting fan opens own wool shop

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."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Amanda Bucci

2nd April 2013, at 19:51:23

Hi. We are definitely having knitting and crochet classes at Wightcat Wools. I am sorting out times and dates at the moment, so if you give me a call and let me know your name and phone number, I can give you a call when its all confirmed. Our phone number is 01983 716311

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by Mike Crowe

2nd April 2013, at 17:32:44

Jackie I don't know if Amanda is 'doing classes', but a wool shop in Regent Street in Shanklin has 'instructional classes' if that is of any use to you. They are near Beardsalls and the chemists

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by Jackie Daniels

2nd April 2013, at 15:06:29

I for one would definitely be interested in a complete beginner's knitting class - would love to learn.

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