About Me

Hello, and welcome to Luxury Yarns– the home of… yes – luxury yarns – and a few other bits too. My name is Abby and I am a yarnaholic. I have a lovely husband, two amazing sons (one is 9 years old and the other is 4) a dog and a snake so I am always busy!

I have been knitting and crocheting since I was about 5 years old… I would watch my mother make beautiful jumpers, bags and belts etc (bearing in mind this was the ’70s – and almost everything was made out of afghan squares) and I longed to be able to make things for my dolls. So I begged her to teach me, and I haven’t really stopped since.

I am passionate about quality wool, and have spent much of my former life trailing haberdashery shops looking for the ultimate feel good and good feeling yarns. I remember all the way through my teens and twenties my friends would laugh at me as I knitted away, but were happy to make the most of hand-made jumpers hats and scarves. However, in the last decade my “uncoolness” has become fashionable again – perhaps this is due to the economic climate and a desire to tighten our belts, or just as things trend in and out – but either way knitting and crochet are making a comeback – and I love it.

My personal motto is “Life’s too short to knit with cheap yarn” and everything on this site reflects that. That’s not to say that all my yarns are all expensive, but they are chosen with a love of knitting in mind.

3 years ago I tried hand-dyeing yarn and my new found love was born. I started Orchidean Yarns – a new brand specifically for my hand dyed yarns 18 months ago, and since then I have exhibited at several shows with my new yarns, and have started 1 monthly yarn club, and have several more planned for this year.

I also run a knitting club for primary school children at my local church. I teach them to knit and then we make a variety of projects. I love passing on this skill to the next generation!

Thanks again for looking – hopefully you will love what you see – I know I do. 🙂

p.s. my husband is convinced that Luxury Yarns is just a way for me to legitimise my yarn addiction and that I am forever “getting high on my own supply”… I think he might have a point