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Linda Whaley

Hi there, my name is Linda Whaley

My love of arts and crafts began as a child when my mother set up a craft club each week for myself and two of my friends. I was totally captivated and the seed was planted! My lovely mother also taught me to knit. She had so much patience as I dropped my stitches more often than I knitted them for quite a while. I left school and studied at art school for 6 years. I spent my first two years experimenting with many arts and crafts. I finally chose textiles and spent a further 4 years studying knitwear design Brighton Art School, England. It was a very special time spending every day in such a creative environment.

I left art school with a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textiles.

I have worked as a freelance knitwear designer for the last 20+ years designing for designer labels, high street stores, and colour and fashion trend forecasting studios and have loved every minute of it. I have also been employed as a visiting tutor at four art schools where I have taught knitwear design to students on BA degree courses.

I also had a dream to set up my own baby and childrens knitwear label. I followed my dream and set up my first knitwear label, rocket clothing back in 1995. I have run rocket clothing alongside my freelance design work for most of my career.

My rocket collection of classic baby knits has sold to adorable childrens boutiques and gift stores across the UK, Europe, and the US.
It was a very exciting day when Harrods Knightsbridge agreed to sell my knits.
I have also had lots of fun selling my rocket knits at arts markets and craft fairs across the UK. I have met some wonderful and interesting people along the way.

I have spent most of my life living in Wimbledon London, but now live in Oxfordshire with my partner and our two children

I have been selling PDF hand knitting patterns of my designs since 2009 and currently have four knitting pattern collections for customers to choose from..... Rocket Clothing London, Little Pickle Knits, Jessica Rose Hand Knits and Pure Hand Knits. New designs are added to these collections regularly. You can find all of these via many knitting supply sites and via my own website www.lindawhaley.co.uk.

You can also find my knitting patterns featured regularly in UK handknitting magazines including Let's Knit and Love Knitting For Baby.  I am also the designer behind the Rowan baby book 'Cherish' and Rowan little girls book 'Blossom'. Both were published in 2016

Due to lots of requests I have recently started knitting workshops here in Oxfordshire, England. My workshops are small, relaxed and very friendly, and take place in a little textile studio/shop in the historic textile town, Witney in Oxfordshire England (you may have heard of Witney Blankets?) 

If you are tempted to come along to a morning of knitting, coffee and home made cake!( .....oh yes refreshments are included)....do take a look at my workshops.

Maybe see you soon.

Linda Whaley X

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