Julie shows us a rainbow of knitted accessories from your coffee mugs to your fingers! This New Zealander gets inspired by the yarn and brings her friends together for house parties where she can show off her crafts. Sounds like MY kind of house party!
I love Cats and have lived with five (not all at once though!)
I live in New Zealand, where it's summer right now and too warm to knit
My favourite colour is blue
The country I've visited the most is China, and the main reason my husband and I go there is to help out at a home for orphaned children.
What got you started crafting?
My mum taught me to knit when I was little and I've always loved it. Over the past years I've been knitting for orphans and children, but now concentrate on knitwear accessories (you know ... scarves, hats, gloves and coffee cozies).
What is your source of inspiration?
Mainly the yarn! I look at yarn in the wool shop and dream of what it can be created into ... a lovely warm chunky scarf, or a snood or even some cute mittens. Browsing Pinterest and Etsy has inspired me, although I still really like classic, simple designs best.
What have you made recently?
I've just recently started knitting hooded scarves. I was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, and decided to try and make my own design, and to my surprise it turned out great! They are incredibly simple to knit, although can get heavy due to the length and width. What I like most about the hooded scarf is their versatility - you can either wear the hood over the head with the scarf straight or wrapped; or you can wear the hood down (off the head) with the scarf wrapped around the back of the neck giving a cowl effect. And it means you aren't constantly looking for your hat!
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Online via my website (www.maxesknitwear.com) or Etsy Shop (maxiesknitwear). I also sell at local markets and over the winter months. Last year I also managed to convince a friends to host house parties and invite their friends, which is always a lot of fun.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
The option to create something original and unique.