Pru Raymond is a knitting teacher, designer and writer. She shares her home in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband and a healthy yarn stash.
It’s amazing how much joy some string and two sticks has brought me over the years! I learnt to knit when I was 5, thanks to a neighbour. However, my real development as a knitter was thanks to my Grandma and her subscription to the English Women’s Weekly. Each edition included two knitting patterns, which became a kind of curriculum! As an adult I have continued my learning journey by attending knitting workshops and participating in knit-a-longs with friends. This has nurtured my skills and enriched my life. Knitting has also fostered friendships, inspired travel and become the basis for my creative entrepreneurship.
I began running Dear Pru in 2017 as a side hustle while working as a high school history teacher. My intention was to share skills, foster creativity and connect more deeply with my community through my knitting workshops.
Teaching knitting workshops around Australia remains at the core of my business. I also publish original knitting patterns and freelance for knitting publications. Work has begun on an online learning platform to share Dear Pru knitting workshops virtually.
Knitting is an incredibly rich art form with a diverse global expression linked to cultural, historical and family stories. There are many knitters worldwide who embrace it as a mindfulness practice, a creative outlet, or a way to express their cultural heritage. I hope that my knitting workshops can inspire people take up knitting to ‘improve their wool-being’ through creativity, learning and connection.
Pru has delivered her workshops many times for us and is the most prepared, dynamic and professional of teachers. She always makes her sessions so much fun as well. A joy to work with.
I never thought I’d be good at knitting or even begin to understand how to do it… I absolutely love knitting now. I aspire to make a beanie and socks, and one day a jumper!