Knitaboo is a small independent business, focused on ethical and sustainable knitwear for newborns, babies and toddlers. They create wonderful children’s clothing products, including the sweetest baby booties we have ever seen!
This week we spoke to Mia, owner of Knitaboo, about the markets she’s missed, where she learnt her craft and more. Come along and Meet the Maker…
Pedddle: Where did you first become interested in the skills it takes to produce your products, and how did you learn to knit?
Mia at Knitaboo: Growing up, handmade knitwear was always part of my life. Beautiful and simple designs made by my mother and grandmother. Timeless and effortless, from the choice of yarn to the colours, this is the inspiration behind my knitwear here at Knitaboo. Each item makes for a perfect gift for a new arrival or adds a beautiful touch to a natural wardrobe.
Knitting was something we learnt in school as well as being passed down in the family.
Pedddle: We believe in championing sustainability, shopping from independently owned businesses, and shopping from your local area wherever possible. Do you agree with this ethos?
Knitaboo: Shopping from your local area helps the smaller traders and family run businesses, who typically have a better focus on environmental and lifestyle factors than larger corporations too. It’s also good to get money back into your local communities.
When you place an order with Knitaboo, each item is lovingly hand knitted by me, with your chosen colour and design. You can rest assured that each item is ethically made. Every bit of our process is ethical, from the yarn, the kneedles used to knit your item and even the delivery. Knitaboo works mostly with cotton yarn that is spun and dyed to a high standard in the UK, so has no impact on the environment.
Pedddle: Things are finally getting back to normal now. It’s lovely to see markets back, at a safe distance of course. What’s new for you this year, Mia?
Knitaboo: My Lucie shorts in rose have only just been released! Click here to have a peek at them.
Pedddle: What first made you consider selling your products at markets?
Knitaboo: During 2009/2010, when I was pregnant with my daughter, knitting and crochet became a hobby – initially to pass the time and keep me focused on a project. I made a few pieces as gifts for people and had several ‘you could sell these’ type of comments. With encouragement and support from my family and friends, Knitaboo blossomed from a hobby to where it is today.
Pedddle: Do you have a favourite market, and if so, why?
Knitaboo: I’ve got two favourites actually! I previously lived in Croydon and took part in a few markets run by Made in Croydon, a not-for-profit market which aims to inspire local creatives. They were a fantastic bunch of people, developing into a real community, and the markets were a great success for me.
Secondly is the Pop-up Emporium. I was meant to be part of their in-person markets this year but have joined them virtually instead, with great success.