Japanese designer Hikaru Noguchi has been working with family run knitting workshops in the English Midlands and Scotland since 1996. The owners and staff of these workshops understand what the real quality of British woollen products should be. The focus is on creating beautiful high quality products in the UK. There are no compromises and no short cuts. Each yarn has different characteristics which are only understood through experience. And complicated knitting machines need skilled technicians. They mix the latest computerised knitting machines with detailed finishing by hand. "We cannot produce huge quantities of products in this way, but we are all happy and we love what we create."