Ann Mackie Knitting Services & Designs

Hi, I'm Ann, a knitter based in the Orkney Islands. I am originally from the beautiful island of Hoy, but have lived in Tankerness on Orkney’s Mainland for most of my adult life with my husband and our two sons. My love of colour and inspiration for my knits comes from the land, sea and sky around me here in Orkney.

My dear late mum taught me how to hand knit at the age of 4, and hand and machine sew around the age of 6/7. I always loved drawing, colouring-in and painting too. I used to knit tiny jumpers, socks, and such for my Barbie dolls, making their clothes with the sewing machine. Mum and I used to make them furniture too from any bits of foam, match boxes, kitchen roll tubes, etc. We could design and make everything a Barbie doll could want.

The knitting machine only came into play while I was expecting our first son, some 32 years ago. My Mother-In-Law went out and bought a knitting machine, so I decided to have a go. I have had to take breaks from knitting over the years due to circumstances, but have always come back to it and was delighted when a local designer asked me to turn her designs into knittable patterns and I then had the opportunity to buy the knitwear collection I'd help start.

My items are created using 100% lambs wool, and are both durable and practical, offering breath-ability and warmth for the cooler months.

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