Rachel Collins, like many of us, was taught to knit by her grandmother. Unlike most of us however, who never got beyond pointless squares and gappy Doctor Who style scarves, she has gone on to be the creative force behind Selvage, a young company based in Crossgates, Fife which sells beautiful, supersoft Fair Isle blankets, scarves and cushions in the muted tones of the Scottish landscape. Rachel, who grew up in the picturesque village of Culross,  uses only locally produced materials and suppliers to produce her competitively priced, handmade range. Scarves are £35, cushions start at £20 and the blanket which, as well the purple shown above, comes in green and grey, is just £70. Hot water bags are £20 and the little boucle lavender bags are £15. Commissions are also welcome.