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Company Name: Hampton Towers
Designer Name: Naomi Towers
Home State: Wiltshire, U.K.
Design Specialty: Babies' Clothing
1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?
My mother taught me to knit when I was about 8 years old.
2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?
I really enjoy designing baby clothing. I have tendencies to be impatient and get bored easily, so I like designing small items that can be finished within a day or two.
3 What are you most known for?
Probably my use of colour. I often think about what colours Mother Nature puts together and take guidance from that -- for example, the use of yellow, green and white in pink-edged daisies. I must admit, I had to put a lot of trust in this particular combination as it wasn't looking good as I was knitting, but I was very pleased with the end result.
4 How do you jump-start your creativity?
Usually from colour. For example, when a friend of mine showed me a patchwork sofa throw she had made, this inspired me to design Patchwork Judy, which is named after my friend. I'll have an idea of a few colours I want to use and then come up with a design around them.
5 What season inspires you the most?
Spring every time. I love daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses. It's my favourite season -- sunshine and showers, and the new year ahead to look forward to.
6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?
In my head, I probably design something new every day, but my hands and brain can't keep up. So in practical terms, about one a week.
7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?
I'd love to try tile mosaics. Again, it's the use of colour that excites me.
8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Watching a chick flick like Legends of the Fall and knitting, perhaps with a little glass of Bailey's to hand. That's a bit like my idea of what heaven must be like.
9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?
My short-length 4mm needles, lots of stitch holders and a pot of hand cream. I find knitting easier to do when my hands are moisturized.