SO WHY POLLY RED?
'The name Polly Red comes from my Mum Pauline (Polly for short) and her surname and my maiden name Redmond. I decided on the name as a memorial to my fab Mum, who was an avid crafter in her later years and once we'd all left home she setup one of the bedrooms as a dedicated craft room. I also have loads of memories of her knitting tons of stuff when we were kids but mostly school cardigans and jumpers. My mum always had aspirations of running her own business and dabbled in a few ventures but they never really took off for her, she was a total grafter and always worked really hard to give us the things we needed.
I like to think I've inherited both her creativity and her work ethic over the years, I've changed direction a few times to end up with the full time business I have today and I've never been scared of taking a risk or two either. Sadly I lost my mum in 2006 and I miss her terribly but I thank her for everything she has given me, even the dodgy fringe in the photo!
The photo is of us both in 1977 - the Queens Silver Jubilee year.'