Next up on our list of interviewees is Helen Lockhart, owner of Ripples Craft. Helen is based in the Highlands of Scotland in the beautiful Assysnt area on the West Coast. We are delighted that Helen will make her way down to Edinburgh to join us in March. When did you start knitting?
I can't remember ever learning to knit. However I must have learnt from my Mum. And I must have been very young. I do know that when I went to school I could already knit.
What was your first knitting project?
I can't remember my very first project, but I do recall that at school at the age of about 8 we were taught how to knit socks on 4 needles. Looking back I realise it was excellent as we had no concept at that age that knitting on 4 needles may be hard.
Can you show us some of the products you'll be bringing to the festival?
If you have a look at my website (www.ripplescrafts.com) you will get a good idea of the sort of products and bases I'll be bringing.
What product/pattern are you most proud of?
Tough question! I think my Assynt Jewels range is one of my favourites and probably the range I'm most pleased with as each and every hank produced using this method of dyeing is unique. And unrepeatable. It produces a truely unique hank of yarn.
How many WIPS have you got?
I am far too embarrased to confess!
Do you use Ravelry?
I do. In fact Ripples Crafts has its own group on Ravelry which you're welcome to come and join. We're a friendly bunch there! And we don't just talk about Ripples Crafts yarn.
Have you got a favourite pattern desiger and why?
Hmmmmm another toughie. At the moment I'm really enjoying Carol Feller's patterns. They're well written and interesting.
What's on your needles right now?
Talabh designed by Carol Feller.
If you had to pick just one kind of yarn to knit with/ tool to work with / fibre to spin for the rest of your life what would it be?
If I was marooned on the proverbial desert island you mean? Well, it would probably be merino wool. I know it isn't indigenous to the UK, but it is a lovely soft yarn which has fantastic warmth. If I were allowed to stretch my choice a bit I'd go for superwash too. Thanks for participating in this little bit of fun, Helen! We also really appreciate the support you've shown us right from the start.