Hi! It’s us, Rachel and Sarah!
Both avid knitters, we wanted to channel our ideas and passion for the hobby into something more. We come from generations of crafty women, not witches, but those who provided for their families by knitting and sewing. So, to continue this legacy we came up with the idea of starting a small local, home based business and there was born Lots Of Knots Fernie! We value quality products and put all of our efforts into choosing beautiful colours, making unique and artful designs with tasteful textures for our inspired creations. We specialize in toques, but also craft headbands, scarves in a variety of styles, throw blankets of different sizes, shoulder cozys and shrugs.
Meet the Generations of Knitters
Mary Monica – Born in 1911 in Yorkshire, England. She raised three daughters with her husband Richard and lived through two world wars. She was a milliner and purchased hats for Marshall & Snelgrove in Harrogate, Yorkshire. As a young woman growing up in poor times, crafts were essential. She sewed clothing for her children and grandchildren. She also knit an assortment of items for family & friends and she passed these talents on to her daughters.
Judyth Ann – Born in 1936 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. She raised two daughters with her husband Brian and together ran a successful pub called the King’s Head in Guisborough, Cleveland. Judy was also very creative and could be regularly found knitting and sewing.
Judy continued to pass down the art of crafting by teaching Sarah, age seven, how to knit. In later years, this time spent together proved invaluable to Sarah’s development.
Many of Sarah’s fondest memories of her Mum, Judy are of them knitting together, talking or watching and singing along to a musical on the telly and always with a cup of tea!
Sarah Ann – Born in 1960 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. She raised four children along with dozens of foster children and several Ghostrider Hockey team billets in Fernie, B.C. Her careers have taken her to many different parts of the world where crafts have played a key role along the way. She has taught her offspring how to knit and sew and invaluable lessons and skills at young ages.
Her mother, Judyth Ann, taught her to knit when she was seven years old. After several mistakes, which her Mum painstakingly corrected, had made herself a navy blue and pale yellow scarf. She wore it to school the following day and received many compliments from teachers and friends. She knew this would be a creative outlet, passion, and hobby that would last a lifetime, as it was so gratifying to be able to create a design and follow through in the completion of a piece of clothing.
Sarah has sourced yarn from many places, choosing colours for herself and others, knitting birthday and Christmas presents for family and friends over the years. Now, with her talented daughter (she gets that from me!) they have embarked on a business venture together.
Rachel Louise – Born in 1988 in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Being the first granddaughter and first born Canadian she had a lot to live up to…..
After growing up in a mountain town, she travelled extensively spending time exploring her English ancestral roots while working. Coming back to the Elk Valley, she found inspiration in the community and has made this home again. Knitting has furthermore become a major part of her life, subsequently creating the knitting business, Lots Of Knots Fernie, with her Mum, Sarah.
Rachel began knitting, also at the age of seven, as she found it safer than embroidery. She finds knitting to be a relaxing pastime and has a great sense of satisfaction in being able to jazz up an old item of clothing with a carefully created warm scarf or fun toque. She believes accessories are the exclamation point of an outfit!