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Interview: Fiona Burks, Yarn Etc
Fiona Burks with her award
Knitting has had something of a come-back with the likes of Katy Perry, Krysten Ritter and Julia Roberts being fans.

Keen to tap in to this growing trend and develop a new business, Fiona Burks, not only set up her own shop dedicated to knitting and crochet, she’s since been recognized as third 'Best Independent Yarn Store in the North of England' in the British Knitting and Crochet Awards.

We caught up with Fiona Burks owner of Yarn Etc on Knaresborough Road in Harrogate....


What was your first job?

My first job was working for my grandpa at his plant & flower nursery, Brookside Nurseries, in Harrogate at the age of about 8.

How did you get into the career you're in?

By accident really! I knew that the then owner, Carol, was looking to retire and was probably going to close the yarn shop down (coincidentally Carol is my landlady now as she owns the premises).

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

There’s no such word as can’t’! and also ‘you are a long time dead so just do it!

Your worst mistake in the workplace?

Accepting that working in an office was my ‘lot’ in life. Once I took the leap to leave it was the best thing I ever did.

Most embarrassing/funniest thing that's happened to you?

It was whilst I stood chatting in a restaurant to a person I professionally admired and was trying to look as professional and intelligent as I could. After I’d spent 10 minutes talking to them as I walked away I realized I still had my napkin tucked in the waistband of my skirt haha.

If you weren't doing what you're doing now, what would it be?

I’d still be a garden designer who crochets too much when she should be sat at the drawing board.

Favourite thing about our beloved Yorkshire?

Oh gosh, just one thing! We are so lucky to have such beautiful and varied scenery and landscapes here in Yorkshire, it never ceases to amaze me and take my breath away.

Three desert island items?
A full medical kit, a solar powered laptop and a hammock

Favourite hobbies?

Crochet, knitting, reading, walking my gorgeous dog Oscar, travelling and drinking craft gins with friends.

What would you like people to remember you for?

For being supportive and encouraging. I love to see people grow, thrive and succeed in whatever life throws at them.

Article written by Terenia Tara, PR

Interview: Fiona Burks, Yarn Etc, 26th November 2017, 18:16 PM