Say hello to Catherine Robb, whose new shop – Kathy's Knits – will open at 64a Broughton Street on Friday next week.

'Knitting is my lifelong passion, but in Edinburgh most smaller shops supplying wool have vanished, to be replaced by big chains and ordering over the internet. It's all become so impersonal.'

Kathy plans to reverse that trend, bringing a friendly touch and 30 years' experience to the new venture. As well as the chance to buy wool, knitting equipment and related paraphernalia, there will be time and space for customers to work, chat and exchange tips.

The shop's opening is a welcome revival for the premises occupied by Threadbare until March. In its first week of trading, there will be a range of special deals on selected, high-quality British yarns.

For a sneak preview of what's to come, visit the website at: