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Yes I suppose I have always been creative, but I certainly haven’t always been a crafter.
I clearly remember using a knitting Nancy (French knitting doll) to make metres and metres of small knitted cord. I have absolutely no idea what I ever planned to make with it or who/what it was for, but I made it obsessively and carried it around in a big bag with me everywhere!
As I grew up, what I wanted to be changed dramatically. From a vet, through a doctor and to an academic.
My company TOFT is 10 years old this year. My story is a little different as I starting running a company that encouraged me to learn to knit and crochet and only once I had caught the crafting bug did it become a crafting-focussed business.
I love to read, and am ever on the quest to perfect my multitasking skills to be able to manage to crochet and read at the same time!
I would struggle to live without my oversized wool needle. Not only do I sew up every demo for the whole company with this one hard-working needle, but it constantly seems to come in handy for fixing all manner of other things in my house and wardrobe.
I would love to take a very fine gauge crochet hook and four balls of very thin and very long yarn. My work and life are so busy as a business owner and mum that I find it very hard to ever find time to indulgently make for me. Due to these time constraints I tend to always be drawn towards thick yarn, big hooks and quick-to-make small projects. If I was stranded with nothing else to worry about it would be lovely to embark upon a project to pour thousands of hours into.
To live and work amongst happy and healthy people.
The highlight was probably the launch of my first book Edward’s Menagerie.
Choose quick-to-make projects as your first ones. Taking on a blanket as a newbie is very likely to result in a half-finished project which will leave you without that sense of completion and satisfaction that makes you want to start the next. I would recommend something small and easy.