I wouldn’t be a sophisticated gateau, I’d be something chocolatey, maybe with smarties on top. Or if I’m to be a homemade cake, I’ll be a quick and easy vinegar cake – recipe here http://niftyknits-somuchyarnsolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/01/vinegar-cake-or-dietwhat-decision.html
2) What will you be doing at “A Makey ‘do’”?
I’ll probably be looking a bit sleepy as I’ll be coming home from holiday the night before! I’ll be manning (womanning?) my stall full of knitted and crocheted novelties – animals, jewellery, flowers, morris dancers and even an occasional scarf or glove.
3) Fish and Chips or Curry?
Fish and chips every time.
4) Where else can your wares usually be found?
I can be found at http://www.niftyknits.folksy.com/ for those of us who like spending £££ and http://www.niftyknits.etsy.com/ if you can handle $$$. Last year for the first time I held a stall at the Tenterden Folk Festival, which is where my knitted Morris Dancers were launched. I shall have to make sure I bring along a mini dancer dressed in the Wantsum Morris kit, I believe they’re the local Sandwich side.
5) Do you usually hang out in Sandwich, or are you a visitor?
I am a true Maid of Kent: I was actually born in Deal, almost next door to Sandwich, but moved away at the age of 10 and only moved back to live in Kent (Tenterden) a few years ago.
6) Who is your all-time hero?
Steve Irwin is my family’s hero, he inspired us to own quite a few reptiles when my children were growing up, and we always wanted to go Australia Zoo to meet him. Sadly, we’ve left it too late. I’ve just finished knitting a mini-Steve for my son’s birthday – I’ll show you if you promise not to let him see it!
7) Who got you started on your crafty journey?
My Grandmother taught me to knit more years ago than I care to remember, but I only took it up again a few years ago when I was off sick from teaching. When the house started to fill with knits my son’s girlfriend, Lenny, told me about Etsy and the rest, as they say, is history!
8) What colour draws you most?
Tricky one! I love bright colours (you don’t have to spend long in my shops to work that out!) and purple is probably my favourite – if you’re looking for me at the MakeyDo, I’ll be the one with purple hair!
9) Where do you go for inspiration?
Out in the countryside works every time, I love walking. Sometimes it’s direct inspiration (for instance my knitted spring flowers) and sometimes it’s just being outside and having time and space to think without wandering off to the computer to check emails and chat on the forums.
10) Do you dunk?
Absolutely not! I’ve even broken my husband of the habit. Bleurgh! Nasty soggy bits in the bottom of a cup!