HIGHLANDS CREATIVES // Knitting Masters Have A Yarn With Us
HIGHLANDS CREATIVES :: Knitting Masters Have A Yarn With Us
The cooler months are definitely upon us now, but lucky for us some of the best knitted creations you could find anywhere in the world are being made right here in the Southern Highlands.
These knitting masters create pieces that are design-driven and made-to-last. Their on-going commitment to their craft came from a genuine love of knitting and has stood the test of time.
Give a warm welcome to Greer Worsley of Typically Red and the Bowral Crafts team.
Greer Worsley: Exeter local of 7 years, designer and business owner.
Typically Red Knits is an online business that sells beautiful handknitted hats and bonnets for babies and children.
“My designs are vintage inspired, are made with care and they don’t go out of fashion,” Greer said.
Years ago when her children were babies, Greer had a blog and was obsessed with knitting and used to dress her girls from head-to-toe in her creations. So many people encouraged her to sell her handknits that she finally opened an Etsy store in 2012.
“I get a thrill from seeing my hats being loved and worn by kids all over the world. Thanks to the internet and Instagram, my customer base is truly global, in fact, my busiest season is during the Australian Summer because of all of my American, European and Japanese clients.”
All Typically Red hats are made with 100% wool yarn because Greer is confident in its softness, texture and durability and she also appreciates the vast colour range that is available.
“I used to knit everything myself so I was really limited with my capacity. These days I employ three fabulous local Southern Highlands ladies who knit for me in their spare time. Every hat is finished by me in my home; straps and labelling and packaging - so I’m still always knitting!” she said.
In the next year or two Greer would love to take the leap and see if she can make it work as a full-time job as she currently still works in another role. She is also planning a couple of new hat designs, including possibly adult sizes, as well as some other items including scarves, mittens and cardigans.
So, what does this local love about living here in the Southern Highlands?
“My community in Exeter and beyond are such lovely, generous, supportive, good friends. Our beautiful little public school where my girls are getting a top-notch education, the rolling hills and the four seasons! (I even love winter!)” she said.
View & purchase Typically Red products:
Online at typicallyred.com.au. Greer ships worldwide, all year round. Follow along via Instagram: @typicallyred
A team of over 60 who run the shop and knit continuously.
You may have walked past this shop in Corbett Plaza, Bowral, or perhaps you have gone in once or twice? Or if you are anything like me, you have kept your children warm every Southern Highlands’ Winter thanks to these beautiful, hand-knitted creations.
I don’t know how many times I was asked, “did you knit that yourself?” when my girls wore a woolly wonder from the Bowral Craft Store….and I had to say “no” every time and point them in the direction of the shop!
The Bowral Craft Shop is brimming with wool to buy and ready-made hand-knitted or hand-crafted designs. Run by volunteers, the shop has been operating for 46 years, 40 of them from the current location in Bowral.
“The members donate to local organisations every year, including the Bowral Hospital to provide equipment for the Children’s Ward and to the palliative care nurses team for equipment such as oxygen concentrators for the terminally ill in the community,” member Pamela Khoo said.
She has knitted all her life and has plenty of rows left in her yet.
“I have always loved to knit, I started when I was five!” she said.
To view & purchase from The Bowral Craft Shop:
Visit the shop located in Corbett Plaza, Wingecarribee St, Bowral. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4:45pm and Sat & Sun 10am-2pm and find them on Facebook.