Our Story & Values
As busy business owners, we were always racing around and spending enormous amounts of energy running our business. We realised that we needed a change and began looking for a quieter, more rural lifestyle. We viewed many properties around the countryside but it wasn't until we found a 27 acre small holding on the side of a mountain in North Wales that we knew we could stop looking. It was perfect, The farmhouse is set amongst natural, uncultivated fields, free from fertilisers or weed killers and it was the maintenance of this land that started the thought process which eventually evolved into SMD Knitting.
We soon realised that the fields, when left to nature would be engulfed by brambles, gorse and heather. Ideally, the land needed to be managed by controlled grazing (as grass cutting with a tractor on the side of a mountain is not for the faint-hearted) to preserve the natural balance and decided on Alpacas! Unfortunately, raw unprocessed fleece is worth very little on the open market – in fact we’d be lucky to cover our shearing costs. To add value, we found a local Welsh mill that processes the fleece into hanks or balls and whatever weight of yarn we require.
We realized that if we had problems profiting from our fleece production, other similar sized producers are bound to have to problems too. So we contacted small producers of both sheep and alpaca fleece, asking if they would like us to promote their yarn. We were overwhelmed with a phenomenal 'Yes' response.
As SMD Knitting continues to grow, so does our team of people who are all passionate about wool and love helping our customers. Everyone here at SMD Knitting either knits, crochets, spins or weaves... We're always happy to natter about their crafts and wax lyrically about wool and fibre. We want you to have the best possible shopping experience and find that perfect product for your projects.
The recipe we have always used when running a successful business is pretty straightforward. We simply combine basic, common sense rules with integrity, honesty and respect. These core values have provided us with a rock solid foundation from which we can build on and grow. By ensuring that every customer receives the same high level of courtesy and respect, we hope to inspire them and share our passion for creating and constructing wonderful items that didn't exist before.