Close-knit pals’ woolly thinking...

ssfm wooly brew
ssfm wooly brew

TWO friends with a shared passion for knitting have opened their first business with the aim of bringing wool and more to Fife.

Fiona Wright and Karen Grant opened their new shop, the Woolly Brew, in Pittenweem just in time for the festive season.

The friends first met at a mother and toddler group, where they discovered a common interest in knitting, and went on to form a community knitting group in St Monans.

But the knitters felt frustrated with the lack of wool available locally.

Fiona said: “Neither of us had ever run a business before but we found there wasn’t anywhere local or even around Fife where we could get nice wool, and the idea to start our own business grew from there.”

A passion for knitting has kept the friends close, with Fiona even knitting her friend and now business partner Karen a woolly wedding cake.

Karen said knitting had become a family affair, with both her son and daughter and Fiona’s daughter all picking up the needles.

She added: “The kids really love the shop, especially all the different colours.”

The friends hope the Woolly Brew will become a place for the whole community to meet and knit and are planning to run a knitting group for Pittenweem, as well as beginner classes for new learners.

Fiona said: “There’s a real community aspect to knitting. It’s a way of bringing people together.”

As well as offering a variety of quality Shetland wool, the shop sells patterns, kits and accessories. Fiona and Karen hope they will soon be able to offer customers tea and cake too.

Despite wider economic gloom, the friends say they are optimistic about their business prospects and looking forward to the new year.