Hooray for Saturdays! And hooray for getting to know another crafty lady! I'll spare you my yapping on, and just say this, Kelly seems like one heck of a nice lady. Like she would be the perfect companion on an afternoon of crafting and chatting with a cup of tea in your hand (if you drink tea, that is, I don't, but you get the idea!). Thank you, Kelly!
Kelly :: blog ::
Where in the world are you?
I live in a small village, near Haslemere, on the west Sussex /Surrey border
Briefly describe yourself and what you make
I’m a 31 year old, wife & mum to little O (6 months) & big G (3 ½). I try to find as much time to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, and felt, whilst looking after the family. I generally have a love of making things & like to try out new methods.
Who or what inspires you?
My children are probably my biggest inspiration, but I also use books, many other crafty blogs & the Internet. I often find it’s when I’m up late at night feeding little O that an idea will come to me & then I find it hard to get back to sleep!
When / how did you learn?
I learnt to knit at a very young age, as my Ma had a wool shop at that time & it was something she had always done, I also then learnt to crochet. I have learnt to sew myself (& I still need more practice) I used to use my grandmas old hand turned singer machine, & have very much learnt as I went along. Since having my first baby I have grown more interested in other forms of craft & so have brought (far too many) books & taught myself.
Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?
I love being able to create something myself, from the planning through to the finished project. I get great pleasure from the whole making process. I also love giving handmade gifts & feel it shows real thought has gone into something. It’s something that my husband would probably say was an addiction & I guess there is something in that.
What is your craft ”philosophy”?
Do it for the love of it, it’s something to be enjoyed.
Fondest craft-related memory?
One of my first knitting projects as a child was a jumper for my snoopy teddy & I can still remember feeling so proud when I had completed it.
Have you always made 'stuff'?
On & off yes, I hope I will be able to continue to do so
Can you reveal a little about your creative process?
I work in quite a haphazard way & normally have many projects on the go at once, As well as other ideas in my head. I do try to jot down ideas as they come to me, so I can work on them more when I have the time.
How do you deal with crafty mistakes?
I try & learn from them without getting too frustrated; they normally hide about in the bottom of drawers or a bag somewhere.
Favourite book(s) or craftbook(s)?
So many, but I guess I would say the Crafter’s companion, as it opened up a whole new world to me.
Do you have a designated craft space? What does it mean to you?
I have a small corner of a spare room to store most of my bits, but this isn’t really big enough. If I want to sew it’s at the kitchen table, which does get in the way a lot. This is probably why I knit more, as that’s more portable.
Do you use a sketchbook or journal?
I have loads of note books dotted about all over the place, which get filled with various ’to make’ lists, ideas, drawings, websites to look at, books to buy etc. I should really get things in more order.
Why is crafting good for you?
Because it makes me a happier person.
What impact (if any) has the internet had on your craft?
It has opened up a whole world of like-minded people to me. I would never have imagined there are so many people sharing a love of craft.
Do you make art or craft? Is there a difference?
I would say craft but not sure I could explain why. I wouldn’t describe myself as an artist.
If you could make any project without limits to cost, materials or even skill, what would it be?
I would love to learn how to make clothes for the children, & myself but for that I would need more time & unfortunately that’s something I can’t buy right now.