As one of the winners of my Etsy Buyer/Seller challenge, I’m featuring the LOVELY Nifty Knits. Super cool hand knit items including my personal favorite, Meerkats!
Where do you live?
Tell me a little bit about what you make.
It can almost be summed up in one word: Meerkats! I started out knitting all sorts of things, bu meerkats are very definitely what my customers like.
How did you decide to start the line?
I was watching Meerkat Manor one day and said to myself “I could knit on of those”. I started with the little sitting meerkat (see photo right) . It took me a few days to work out how to make him stand up, and a while longer before they started wearing costumes!
How did you learn your technique?
I learnt to knit as a child using two needles. When I started knitting again I found I really didn’t like sewing up, so I taught myself to knit with double pointed needles. I’ve been known to use up to 9 at a time (but that was pretty silly!) but usually knit with 4. I like knitting in the round as I can see that my creation is growing in the appropriate direction. I woldn’t want to have to explain it all in “pattern language”, I have no idea if I’m doing it “right”.
Why do you enjoy your craft?
I love seeing something grow, I like being able to *work* while watching TV from the sofa in front of the fire!
Where do you find your inspiration?
If I’m *stuck*, the best cure is to go out for a walk. It’s no surprise that I’ve just been knitting lambs, the fields around me are full of them (see my blog!) My friends on twitter are a neverending source of ideas (@tobyboo often asks me when Professor X, complete with wheelchair, is going to join my Xmen meerkats!)
Is this your full time work?
Yes. I used to teach, but this is much more fun! Funnily enough one fo the reasons I gave up teaching was the 80 hourweeks. I probably work just as many hours now, if you take all the other tasks into account (photographs, listing, promoting)
What do you like to do when you’re not crafting?
I also need to watch lots of Star Trek, as professional research for my Trekkie meerkats!
Some of Nifty Knits links to check and get to know her better!