GRANNY CERI'S IN STITCHES...
NOW that the temperature's dropped, there's nothing like a knitted winter woollen just like granny would make to warm you up.
But if yours isn't a knitter, don't fret - because there's a group of grannies ready and waiting to whip you up a cosy treat.
Ceri Mowatt works as a knitter for Grannies, Inc., putting together beanies, scarves and snoods and adding a little bit of granny TLC.
A knitter for more than 60 years, Ceri, from Usk, became involved with Grannies, Inc. when it was set up by her daughter Katie.
Granny Ceri, who admits to being in her late 70s, is step-grandmother to three boys and one girl and step-great-grandmother to two more.
"My own grandmother taught me to knit, just squares to start with - I remember, it was just after the war," she said.
"As I got into my teens and then into adulthood, I knitted a little bit for myself because I was quite a good knitter.
"I can remember I used to knit waistcoats for my father as presents. In my grown up years, when my own children were babies, I knitted them booties and bits and pieces.
"But I was very busy because my three children came within five years of each other."
Nowadays, Ceri is one of a crack team of knitting experts who have been knitting for years and are running out of people to knit for.
The grannies use luxuriously soft 100% British spun merino wool yarn to bring customers' designs to life - because Grannies, Inc. believe that there's a designer inside everyone.
"The customer designs the colourway and Katie sends me the wool and e-mails me the pattern," said Ceri.
"I make whatever they want - sometimes I make a bobble on the top - and then send it back to Katie fairly speedily.
"I think the idea is brilliant. The other grannies have generally said that they don't do it for the money.
"Although one of them does it to give her some money to give to her grandchildren, but it's actually a good way of filling their time, and if you've knitted a lot in your time then it's nice to pick it up again.
"It's very nice for grannies to get to knit, but I think it would die out if young people didn't start taking it up."
The Grannies, Inc. products are all of guaranteed quality, but Ceri says she has had her fair share of knitting disasters.
"In the summer, I thought I'd knit a vest up in loose linen - you should have seen the shape of it. I can't understand why it was so deformed," she said.
"It's still in the cupboard and I often think maybe I'll undo it and use it for something else," she laughs.
Granny Ceri says that the idea creates a connection between the customer and the knitter, who put time and loving care into turning the knitwear designs into reality.
"Made with love - that's what they put on the tags," said Ceri.
"'Made with love by Granny Linda' or whoever the knitter was.
"There are few companies that hand knit, but I think [Grannies, Inc.] is even more appealing because it's grannies."
[bar] If you're interested in buying a knitted garment, visit www.granniesinc.co.uk.
Ceri with daughter and Grannies, Inc. founder Katie