Knitting is officially cool - a vast array of knit cafés and holiday breaks are there for the taking. But how about a successful knitwear...

Knitting is officially cool – a vast array of knit cafés and holiday breaks are there for the taking. But how about a successful knitwear designer teaching you how to knit? Hidden in the regal backstreets of London town the Weardowney family are sure to throw you in the deep-end and give you a sense of old-fashioned community. Michelle Morton-Banks meets Gail Downey at the ‘Get Up’ Boutique…

Quaint but ‘Up’ Beat London’s Baker Street is not without their quaint history, further along, in the middle district of Marylebone, Weardowney’s knitwear boutique ‘Get Up’ adds to the English eccentric charm. As I walk briskly to Ashbrige Road cold air bites at my face, I wish I were covered head to toe in wool. As I reach the boutique, I see a building that resembles an old Victorian tearoom – ageing plants in distressed pots dotted outside the buildings exterior and old dark paintwork peels away from the large slash windows.

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