Hello! My name is Katharine and this is my online shop. Let me tell you a little bit about the history of K1 YarnsI opened my first shop in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland in 2005. In those days, when online yarn shops were still quite rare, I couldn't believe how difficult it was to find Scottish wools in Scotland. I have been a knitter most of my life and travelled extensively and had found that it was easier to find Scottish wools in Amerrica or Japan than in Scotland! I decided from the beginning, therefore, to focus my shop on knitting yarns produced in Scotland.
In 2007 I moved my shop from Glasgow to Edinburgh's Old Town, just a short walk from the famous castle! There I was able to expand our range of Scottish wools much further and began to collaborate with Scottish wool producers and dyers to create new brands unique to k1 Yarns, such as Scappa.
In 2010 I took on a wee studio and started to produce my own hand dyed yarns, Belle Epoque. These first bulky weight yarns with a 'thick and thin' texture inspired a small series of knitting pattern designs that were designed to accentuate their wonderful and unusual textures. I called it the Random Collection.
The next year I established my Old Town Yarns range. These yarns were specially selected based on the most luxurious fibres. As a long time knitter I know that the most expensive part of any knitting project is your time. I wanted to produce a range of yarns that was worthy of the precious hours that you spend knitting and that would automatically transform any project into something something sublime.
Old Town Yarns quickly became a best selling range and within a year I found that no matter how much time I spent dying yarns it was never enough. With the long hours spent commuting between the studio in Glasgow, where I live, and the shop in Edinburgh I found that there was little time to take on new creative projects. Finally in the summer of 2014 I made the decision to make the move from bricks-and-mortar to online complete.
Now as an online shop I am able to spend all my days producing beautiful yarns for you and designing new knitting patterns too! I have even begun to develop some new products in my studio which I am very excited about and hope you will be too!
I hope you enjoy looking through the shop and that you will find something worthy of the precious hours that you will spend on your next knitting or crochet project. It is my sincere pleasure to create these yarns for you!