Meet The Maker: Kitty Pennybacker - The Chuffed Store
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Who are you, where are you from and what do you make?

My name is Kitty Pennybacker, I’m based in North Yorkshire where I work with a domestic knitting and cording machine to make wall hangings, throws, scarves and baby blankets.

What inspires you?

My inspiration around all my work comes from the fabrics I grew up around in the British countryside, from navy Guernsey jumpers, tartan scarves, wool picnic blankets and tweed jackets. I’ve become really interested in creating a new twist on these fabrics, using knitweaving to bring a textured element to my knitting, taking hints of patterning from tartan.

What is your workshop luxury?

Having a workshop at home in the countryside and a desk in at Pica studios in York, where I am able to connect with other artists and makers.

Your favourite studio lunch?

Shared picnic of cheese and salad and leftovers at Pica.

Best spot in the British Isles?

Clovelly, North Devon.

What do you find challenging about being a creative?

Every day is different which means there is not time to just relax, you always have to be very focused and think about using your time very wisely.

What would you like to learn next?

I would love to learn to spin my own yarn that I could then knit with.

How do you let your hair down?

I love going round a car boat sale looking for antiques or riding in the countryside.

What are you listening to at the moment?

A lot of podcasts such as The Daily, Up With The Lark, Table Manners.

What makes you feel well chuffed?

When someone buys something from me and tells me how much they love it. It’s the best feeling as a maker.