Hi I’m Lindy Graff. I started Lizzie Ann’s Wool Company in July, 2004. Why didn’t I call it Lindy’s? There’s a story behind the shop’s name. Meet me below our map, and I’ll tell you all about it…
The Legend of Lizzie Ann
Down by the cobble landing in Filey, England, you may come across some of the fishermen who remember the old days. And if you ask them about Lizzie Ann, a smile comes over their faces, becase she was related to many of the families living in the old town.
She was a remarkable woman, and though she had only one hand (the other arm ended at the knuckles), she was one of the hardest workers in Filey. A great chapel supporter, she also helped at the vicarage and on other days went out cleaning and whitewashing. During the summer her house overflowed with visitors, and the same people came to her year after year. She was a great knitter, and through her I came to know many of the Filey patterns and to learn the names of the different stitches. I often slipped up to her cottage in the evenings and listened to her lovely East Yorkshire dialect and learned to knit the different patterns she was always ready to show me. She talked very fast, and it was difficult to follow all she said. She called her knitting needles ‘Pins.’
–Gladys Thompson, “Patterns for Geurnseys, Jerseys & Arans, Fishermen’s sweaters from the British Isles”