The first maker we are going to meet is…. Jayne Pennington, of Don’t Be A Sheep Etsy store.
“Hiya everyone, I’m Jayne, I’m a nearly – cough-splutter – 54yr old, basically redundant mum of 3 grown up kids that can now feed themselves. Only my disabled daughter to still really take care of.
I started knitting probably when I was 10 or 11 years old, making jumpers but I now make mostly toys, although if someone asks for something I usually do it.
I love to knit with today’s wools. I’ll try any out, I love to find a basic pattern and completely change it to something else, I am very, very picky… If something doesn’t look right to me it gets started again.
Knitting in winter is brilliant! It keeps you warm, makes you have more time to yourself and gives you every excuse not to go out in the crappy weather. I hate winter.
My favourite thing I’ve ever made is my huge top cat jumper. I love doing intarsia knits, and I have made over 30 jumpers with huge cartoon characters on the front, but Top Cat was my first at 19yrs old. It’s still going: it’s been painted in, been to festivals, been to America, and had 3 kids in it at once. I love it.
I probably have one new year resolution for the first time ever…be more prepared with Christmas makes, it’s not fun playing catch-up everyday.
What’s your advice to other local creatives who struggle to get round to making?
If you can, set aside a day or two a week with no distractions (hide the gin). Don’t stay up late to get things done, it usually ends up wrong. Start fresh the next day.
Above all, have fun and enjoy what you do ?
Thank you, Jayne!