Janet Turner lives in the Baljaffray area of Bearsden (hence the name) with her husband, John, and some of their adult children. Together, they own and run Janet & John.
As a child, Janet learned how to knit from her mother and continued knitting and tapestry into early adult life. Gradually, pressures of work as a teacher and bringing up a large family meant that she had less and less time for hobbies and she didn’t knit for many years.
In the summer of 2009, whilst considering a change in career, she visited several small craft fairs in village halls on Skye, where crofters were selling things they had made to supplement their income. She thought, ‘I could do that’, and so began Baljaffray Handknits.
Janet now designs her own patterns. Her work ranges from hats, gloves and scarves to a variety of items for the home, such as gadget cases, tea cosies and cushions. She loves to work in locally produced wool, including New Lanark and Strathearn Fleece and Fibre, but also uses vintage yarns sourced from a variety of shops in Glasgow’s West End.