Beetroot Blankets links my love of gardening with my zeal for creating beautiful blankets and bibs. The seasonal, changing colours and textures of flowers and foliage, fruit and vegetables are often an inspiration for my knitted and crocheted blankets.
When the grandbabies started arriving I wanted to make something special for them, and something their parents would treasure. I started with knitted outfits and moved on to blankets for cots, prams and just snuggling – a different design for each baby.
An overwhelmingly positive response and orders from friends made me think it might be fun to have a small business doing something I love.
My mother taught me to knit when I was a child and I taught myself to crochet. I knitted for my own children but it wasn’t until I retired that I had the time to indulge my passion for knitting and crochet. I always have something on the go and I am constantly planning my next project. I regularly meet with a group of friends who share a similar passion to learn new skills and swap ideas.
It seemed logical to blend gardening and blankets in a business name. Beetroot Blankets was a perfect fit. The warm colours of beetroot also provided a perfect palette for my logo design.
I wanted to be a teacher. I had expert grounding organising my four little brothers. I became a teacher and a child care director. Constant contact with children and now with my own grandchildren continues to be a delight.
The most difficult aspect of my business is my inexperience with all things IT. But I am learning – I have nearly mastered Instagram!
My grandchildren are a great source of entertainment and inspiration, along with my own dynamic, enterprising children, creative friends, and of course my garden.
My work space varies according to the time of day and the weather. It could be the garden or in my living room, which has a spectacular view of the Hobart waterfront and the river.
I love my work to reflect the magic of nature and delight in contrasting it with whatever might be in the garden. I have a special room to store completed blankets, reference books and yarn.
It is exciting to be involved with other creative people making so many different products. It’s inspiring, fun and stimulating.
If you’re interested in purchasing one of Kate’s beautiful handmade blankets, bibs or bags, pop into The Make It Collective shop in Northcote, or send Kate a message on Instagram to enquire about a custom-made crocheted or knitted piece, made especially for you.
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