Allison Stewart

Write a wee piece about yourself they said. No bother says I, who am I kidding! Putting pen to paper (or computer in this case) is harder than you think but here goes.

As a wee girl living in rural Angus, though I did cross over into Perthshire and Kincardineshire for short spells as my father moved from farm to farm, I consider myself a country girl and with that comes the ‘rural’. It was part of my life and though I was in my early twenties before I joined Tealing my mother had already paved the way. Initially I thought of it as a means of escape from chores and children!

However, I soon realised there was so much more to it than that. From concert parties, ruralympics, quiz nights and competitions not to mention the tasty treats at coffee times to name but a few of the fun activities. I’ll admit I’m rubbish at bowls and curling though!

Apart from the rural, I enjoy walking the dogs, travelling the country in our motorhome, riding pillion on my hubby’s motorbike, knitting and crochet, brushing up my sewing skills and the weekly Pilates class. Grand parenting duties are also often in use!

Career-wise, I’ve had various jobs too numerous to mention as they fitted in with the needs of my family. When the children were grown I began working on “The People’s Friend” magazine and after training I was promoted to knitting and craft editor. There I stayed for the next twenty years or so. It was fascinating work, sourcing designs in knitting, crochet and so many other exciting crafts. Seeing my ideas come to life in print every week was so satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable.

Over the years, my involvement with SWI has grown, taking more responsibility as a committee member to help make our institute lively and interesting so that our ladies want to come along every month. Playing a part, too, on other committees outside of my local institute ensuring that the SWI experience is as rewarding to ordinary members as it can be.

I’ve taken on the position of president as, if I can, I want to play a part in keeping this wonderful organisation exactly that.