Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nifty Knits, a beautiful knitting obsession

Let me introduce you to Heather who has accepted to answer a few questions to let you discover her talent - How did you get started ?
I learnt to knit as a girl, but got started again when I was off sick from my day job.

- Where are you from?
UK, in the beautiful Kent countryside of southern England.

- Are your creations limited editions or unique?
Well – they’re unique in the sense that I make my own patterns, but I keep knitting them as long as people want them.

- How long have you been doing it?
My Etsy shop opened in April 2008, but I’d been selling for a year or so on ebay before that.

- Are you a professional artist or is this a hobby?
It’s certainly not just a hobby, but I don’t earn enough from knitting to eat just yet!

- What inspires you?
Nature. Most of my best ideas come whilst walking in the countryside, though clearly the meerkats and trekkies owe more than a bit to my TV habit!

- What is your favorite piece (that you still have for sale) and why?
I have to say the meerkats (otherwise their feelings will be hurt) but I really love my daffodils. I was really pleased with how they turned out – and I’m no good with real potplants. Even I can’t kill these!

- How do you promote your work?
I’m a member of EtsyTreasuryTeam, we promote each other through treasuries which is great fun. I blog, and am pretty much obsessed with Twitter.

- What is your favorite material?
I enjoy working with fancy yarns but to be honest I prefer good old fashioned acrylic. It’s really sturdy so it works well for toys and models, and I can get it in lots of bright colours.

- favorite food ?
bacon, nice and crispy from the grill.

- What advice you wish someone had told you when you started?
I wish I’d known from the start how important it is to have good photos, and not to underprice my time and skill.

- Do you have any advice for fellow artists?
Don’t expect to be able to fill your shop and sit back! It’s up to you to get people through the virtual door – good luck!

Thank you Heather, for more about her, visit
her websites nifty knits and and blog Follow her on Twitter


niftyknits said...

oh my - I was just browsing through blogs on my dashboard, and was quite taken aback - I'd forgotten about this! Thank you so much xx

niftyknits said...

Thanks for this, what a nice surprise!

StudioCherie said...

Great article! Heather is an amazing person with skilz like you can't believe!

cabin + cub said...

that knitted meercat is too cute! ;)

Lady Steel said...

Love the flowers, what a unique idea. Best of luck.

Pamela Zimmerman said...

Wonderful interview! I love the daffodils!

Glorious Hats said...

Awww, You love Nifty Heather too. Lovely interview with a super wonderful person.

hoganfe said...

Love this interview - NiftyKnits rocks!

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Mollimoo said...

Ooh, I love Nifty's designs, they are so inspiring & beautifully made! x

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