Today we are having a yarn with our very own Amie, she makes all kinds of lovely woollen goodies for us here at Plump & Co and we love her for it!
Where were you born?
Hamilton. Raised in Cambridge, but Wellington is my true home.
Favourite activities in your teens?
Sewing clothes, drawing, pottery – basically anything creative.
Did you have any nicknames growing up?
Being a redhead, you can probably guess a few but my dad made up for it by calling me “Petal”.
What inspired you to you start knitting & crochet, and how old were you when you first picked up those needles, or hook?
My mum knitted lovely jumpers and my nana crocheted beautiful shawls so I learnt both in my early teens.
You’ve done knitting + crochet, how would you compare them, and which takes the cake for you?
Crochet is faster and great for making things for the home. But I love to knit things I can wear even if I am the world’s slowest knitter when it comes to standard yarn. Now that I can knit with giant yarn I think I love it more!
Who are some other knitting or crochet artists that inspire your makings?
I follow so many textile artists I really couldn’t choose. I am inspired by anyone who is passionate about their craft and the things they create.
What is your favourite piece of work that you’ve ever made?
I think the ottoman made using Plump & Co's grey 1 ply yarn. My husband has claimed one for himself even!
When you’re not making a masterpiece, where would we find you?
Playing with my dogs, spending time with friends or helping at a fashion boutique.
If you had all the chunky yarn in the world at your dispense what would be a wild creation that you’d make?
Imagine a huge tent for glamping!
What’s something most of your followers on instagram wouldn’t know about you?
I am an artist who paints using raw beeswax, resin and coloured pigments using butane torches, heat guns and irons.
Sculptural art verses soft and cuddly – both?!
What slogan do you keep in your back pocket to keep positive?
Around the corner it gets better.
Aside from creating what are 3 things you’re passionate about?
My gorgeous pets (3 dogs and 2 cats), fashion, and food
What’s 1 thing you can’t live without?
My husband of 19 years and 8 months
I need to be creating things. I can’t just sit and watch TV – I have to knit or crochet as well.
What/where do you turn to for inspiration?
Nature – land, water, sky, universe.
What’s a piece of advice you’d give to any beginner knitter or crocheter & what would you suggest their first creation to be?
Enjoy the act of creating – it doesn’t have to be perfect in your own eyes. People won’t see what you think is a mistake. The first thing I ever knitted was a “hot water bottle”. Perfect item for a beginner as you only feel it’s awesomeness as it hides under the blankets.
Lastly, sweet or savoury?