Friday 19 December 2014

The Twelve Makers of Christmas: Kat of 'A Krafty Kat'

Today with The Twelve Makers of Christmas, we continue our lovely line up of crafts, gifts and products with KraftyKay. She's popped over to share a perfect handmade gift for a knitter and for some Christmassy nattering.

What is your favourite Christmas tipple?
I am partial to a bit of mulled wine, especially on a chilly evening curled up on the sofa.

Would you prefer Mince pie or Christmas pud?
Mince pie for me please – preferably warmed with brandy cream!

Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Kat and I blog at By day I work in science communications and in my spare time I love to make things! I mainly sew and knit but I’ve been known to try my hand at pretty much anything from paper crafts to millinery, embroidery to jewellery making, and I use my blog to document my various crafty endeavours. I live in Derbyshire with my fiancĂ© and our three cats, who often pop up on the blog (the cats more often than the boy, if I’m honest!)

What is the item you are sharing with us today?
I’ve chosen to share with you a knitting needle roll. This is a great present for anyone who knits, and could also be adapted, for example to hold crochet hooks or sketching pencils. I have given this as a gift to a number of people and it has always been well received. I try to choose fabrics that I know each person will love, which makes each version unique. You can find out more about them here.

I've had one of these on my 'to craft' list for ages! Your fabrics are lovely. What was your inspiration for this item?
Anyone who knits will know how easily knitting needles go missing or get separated from their partners! This seemed like a great solution, and although it sounds a bit grand to say I designed this, as it is so simple, I basically had the idea in my head and stitched it up!

How long have you been sewing and how did you learn?
When I was younger I did a bit of sewing from time to time, but it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I took it up properly. I went to a course at John Lewis to start me off, and then once I got my first sewing machine I learnt a lot online, particularly through blogs and sewalongs.

Where do you craft? Do you have a designated space or room?
I am very lucky to have a room that is more or less dedicated to sewing, although it does double up as the spare room when we have guests. It is great to have somewhere I can go and hide away and craft, and where I can shut the door on my mess! I love spending an evening in my sewing room with a cup of tea, the radio and the cats (although they are quickly ejected if they start causing havoc!)

Ooo, our cat is always causing havoc! So where can Crafty B’s find you online?
I am on Facebook as KraftyKat, Twitter as AKraftyKat and Instagram as akraftykat. I love connecting with people on social media so give me a shout!

I'm sure the Crafty B's will be popping across to visit you. Any big plans for 2015?
I’m getting married in April so a lot of my crafty activities are focussed on that at the moment. I have set myself some ambitious challenges, including sewing my bridesmaids dresses, which will keep me busy. After that I look forward to getting to work on some of the lovely patterns in my ever-expanding collection.

What will you be doing this Christmas?
I am looking forward to spending this Christmas at home with my friends and family. We live all over the country so it is a good opportunity to get together and catch up. My mum cooks a great Christmas dinner with all the trimmings although I think my favourite is the boxing day buffet which consists of a huge range of tasty treats including my mum’s homemade cheesecake. We always have a chocolate log and my brother and I always argue over who gets to have the end – we never seem to remember that there are two!

Do you have any personal traditions over the holidays?
My favourite Christmas traditions are those we have as a family, I love the predictability of Christmas. Also my friends and I always meet up for mulled wine, mince pies and gossiping – a tradition that started when we were in school and is still going despite the fact that there are now partners and babies involved!

What is the best thing about Christmas?
I love the run-up to Christmas – drinking mulled wine, seeing friends, preparing and buying gifts, singing carols. I look forward to it every year!

I will start my Christmas shopping…
… probably much later than planned!

My best ever Christmas gift was…
… my sewing machine as it opened up such a world of possibilities.

My worst (but gratefully received) Christmas gift was…
… oooh I don’t know – I’m sure there was some dubious clothing received in my younger days!

Our Christmas dinner normally consists of…
… the traditional turkey with all the trimmings.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…
… spending times with my friends and family.

The best Christmas song is…
… Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

My favourite Christmas decoration is…
… the angel I made in nursery school which still tops my parent’s tree every year.

My most memorable Christmas was…
… I couldn’t pick just one.

Thanks for joining us Kat, is been great getting to know you and good luck with all the wedding prep! Sounds exciting. we hope to read about it on your blog. Have a lovely Christmas and enjoy the mulled wine. 
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