From hobby to career path - how did that happen?

Posted 1st February 2011

Clare Scope-Farrell

Make no mistake, that's a question I still ask myself at times! You see, although I've always enjoyed knitting, not once did it cross my mind that it was something I could make a career out of.

Despite joining the world of office work, my love of knitting was never too far from my thoughts, providing me with a continued outlet for all kinds of creative nonsense as well as a way of unwinding at the end of the day. To begin with, I kept my knitting away from the workplace – well, it's something I thought that you just didn't do when in your early twenties and trying to fit in with the crowd, however common sense and a good old sense of mischief prevailed in later years and I began to take my knitting into work just for the heck of it. To begin with, the sight of a colleague knitting in the staff room was greeted with a response similar to what you might expect for a sudden onset of explosive flatulence, people were either mesmerised by the spectacle or just so appalled that they had to leave the room. But then the funniest thing happened – people began to approach me and confess that they, yes they, either liked to knit themselves or they had fond memories of knitting in childhood and were considering taking it up again!

I suppose I kind of have my former employers to thank for the larger part of my collection of food-inspired patterns, since they were partly designed on their premises (during allocated breaks and lunchtimes only, mind you!), and tested for customer reaction on unsuspecting colleagues. Any worries that the foods might not look too convincing were suitably allayed when I set out a plate of knitted cakes and biscuits next to my desk – the memory of the look on a former manager's face changing from gleeful anticipation to utter disappointment when he realised that the cakes he hoped to sample were woollen is something that will amuse me always.

It was in 2007 when circumstance, opportunity and the enduring support of my wonderful parents conspired to give me the chance to turn my hobby into a profession. Since launching the Clare Scope-Farrell brand I've had an absolute hoot designing patterns which have featured in the one of the UK's most popular knitting magazines – Simply Knitting – as well as undertaking freelance design work for a successful North East England alpaca breeder whose beautiful herd were just some of the sweetest, loveliest creatures I’ve ever met.

And that brings us to the present day as we begin this latest chapter of the Clare Scope-Farrell story – our first step into cyberspace. We're really excited about it and we hope you'll enjoy the results of our enthusiasm too!


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