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Kenninghall teenager sets up crocheting business to support herself through University of East Anglia course



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An entrepreneurial Kenninghall teenager has set up her own crocheting business to support herself through university.

Eighteen-year-old Cailyn Yallop is looking forward to starting her English literature course at the University of East Anglia this autumn, but knew she would need money to keep herself afloat while studying.

The industrious youngster decided to take matters into her own hands, launching her own crouching business.

Miss Yallop pictured with one of her crop tops – that have been in high demand. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Miss Yallop pictured with one of her crop tops – that have been in high demand. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

Miss Yallop has been selling crop tops to friends and family, and the garments have proven so popular that they have begun to attract the attention of the wider public.

She began crocheting seven years ago, initially making blankets with her mum, Denise.

Having spent some time honing her craft, she quickly realised her hobby could be turned into an additional revenue stream.

“I needed money for accommodation. I couldn’t find a second job and I needed another way,” said Miss Yallop, who also works at Happy Palace, a Chinese restaurant in St Nicholas Street, Diss.

Her mum spoke of her pride over her daughter’s enterprising approach to getting herself through uni.

“She’s been really proactive because there aren’t many jobs out there,” said Mrs Yallop.

“She’s come up with ideas and is kicking on with it – she’s not just sitting around doing nothing.”

Miss Yallop, who lives in Banham Road, has already made more than a dozen tops – each with their own unique design, which she sells online through fashion marketplace Vinted.

“So far, it’s only been family and friends that I’ve been selling them to, but now I’m beginning to branch out,” she said.

“There’s been a lot of interest so far – it’s been really positive and I’ve enjoyed doing them.

“I would probably be sitting here crocheting anyway, so why not use it to help me pay for university?”

If you would like to purchase some of Miss Yallop’s crop tops, click here.



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