All of our designing, making, and general business-ing takes place in ‘the outhouse’ which sits at the back of Em’s garden in Manchester. It was built from scratch by Uncle Al as a space to focus on her uni work last year. After graduation, it became the headquarters of Ellis and Low!
It’s an inspiring space to work in because the walls are decked out with memories and works of Audrie and Bill, if you don’t know who they are then check out our last blog post ‘An Introduction to Ellis and Low’.
A typical day starts with us heading out with our freshly made cups of tea, whacking the heaters on and pulling up our woolly socks.. it’s normally VERY cold! 🧦
Most of the knitting needles, crochet hooks and other knitting equipment we use belong(ed) to our Grandmas. These are the tools they use(d) themselves and what they used to teach us with when we were learning. It’s nice to think they are a part of the business in that respect.
We also have our Grandma’s to thank for most of our vintage patterns and stitch books that we take inspiration from, but we do have some of our own! 📚
Thanks for taking a look inside our workspace. We design and make everything by hand in this cosy little space, full of knitting history. We couldn’t make contemporary knitwear without knowing the history behind the craft. 🧶
Em and Jess 💙