We talk to LoveKnitting, one of Kirstie Allsopp’s favourites at Handmade Fair this year. LoveKnitting, and its new sister site, LoveCrochet, are online worlds dedicated to knitting and crochet. The website boasts over 40,000 patterns to inspire you and a range of over 1,500 yarns, needles, hooks and accessories to help make that project a reality. Jenni manages all the social media for this passionate crafting community so we asked her to tell us more about it and what she’s looking forward to most at The Handmade Fair!
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
The good thing about working directly with our crafting community means that every day is different. You might find me chatting with our knitters on Facebook, running a crochet-a-long, planning exciting projects with bloggers or having a cup of tea with one of our designers at their studio. I also write for our the blog, creating content that will inspire people to pick up their needles and hooks and get crafting. I’m probably eating cake at the same time… There’s a lot of cake at LoveKnitting HQ!
What inspired you to start a ‘handmade’ digital career?
I’ve always loved getting stuck into crafts and am the first to get involved in any new social media craze – so the two went together so well. I started a blog at university and found social media really helped me to reach out to people and enabled me to talk with people with similar interests. Being able to do both at LoveKnitting is a dream!
What do you love most about working in the world of social media?
You can learn and discover so much thanks to social media, it gives people a place to come together and share their talents and interests with each other. We’re really lucky at LoveKnitting because we have a very passionate audience who love to get involved and interact with us and each other. It’s amazing to see projects that they’ve been working on from something I’ve shared. I just love to look for new and inspiring content that will get our makers excited.
What new projects are you currently working on?
We have some really exciting projects coming up that I cannot wait to get started on! We’ve just launched #MondayMakers on our social pages, which make Mondays a little less blue! It’s all about sharing recent projects and inspiring each other. We’re also working on some new campaigns with talented designers and bloggers, I can’t reveal all just yet but you can keep up to date via our social pages… of course. 🙂
What are you looking forward to most about being at the Handmade Fair?
We are sponsoring the Yarn & Textile tent, and are really looking forward to Suzie Johnson’s workshops. We also cannot wait for the Mollie Makes Mash Ups – they have some super fun line-ups. I’m also looking forward to seeing Bella Coco in the Home-Start tent.
Tell us a little bit about what you’ll be doing at the fair?
This year we’re so excited to be sponsoring the Fair Isle Workshop with Suzie Johnson. The bracelet she’s making is so beautiful; I can’t wait to make one for myself!
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The Handmade Fair, Surrey
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, UK
18-20 September 2015
Full experience Ticket, £29
Includes a Super Theatre session, Skills Workshop and Grand Make of your choice.
VIP Tickets, £95
Includes a glass of bubbly with Kirstie, afternoon tea, an exclusive gift bag, front row seating in the Super Theatre and access to the VIP lounge, with refreshments and entertainment.