BEHIND THE BEANIES
Our beanies are all hand made in France. Paulette knits each one of them, sends them to us and we hand finish them in our Sheffield studio. We visited Paulette who was finishing the last headbands and we asked her a few questions.
Where are you from?
From Baisieux, in the North of France, where I still live at the age of 72.
What does your region mean to you?
I am attached to it as my roots are here and I've seen the region change. It was a region with a thriving textile industry which offered a lot of jobs. Today, it has almost completely disappeared, but we can find this history through old factories that are being converted into modern flats or museums.
And your country?
I admire the diversity that my country has to offer - the beauty of mountain regions, Brittany, la Dordogne, la Loire... I love my country. France has a very rich history and a beautiful language.
When and how did you learn to knit?
Around the age of 8 or 9, with my sisters and my mother, in the evenings at home. I started by doing garter stitch scarves, then stockinette stitch scarves, then the more complex, fancy stitches and decreases, for the more technical knits. We were proud to be able to wear our designs - jumpers, cardigans, beanies, mittens and even socks for the most advanced ones of us!
What do you like about knitting?
Calm, relaxation, the satisfaction to see the finished object.
What is the creation you are the most happy about?
My children's baby wear.
What's your favourite Constant Climbing beanie?
The beige and pink beanies in merino wool.
Do you have other hobbies?
I go to yoga once a week, I do some gardening. I like music - Ferrat, Brel, Goldman, Souchon, Voulzy, Elvis, Sinatra, and so many others. I like reading, the cinema, stand up comedy (Raymond Devos, Sylvie Joly, Gad Elmaleh)...
Your favourite book?
The Book Thief, Corps et Ame, The World According to Garp.
Your favourite film?
The Schindler's List, Qu'est ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu, Séraphine, and so many others.
My first trip to London with all of my children. On the menu was discovery of the city together as a family, as well as barbecues and lots of laughter.
Do you have a moto?
"One day at a time"
Frogs legs or beef bourguignon?
Tea or coffee?