Artists ~ Cheryl ~ Bristol

Artist’s name: Cheryl
Shop name: BabyBeatrini

1. Tell us about your work
I became interested in renewing my knitting skills when one of my daughters announced to me that she and her husband were expecting their first baby.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I had always enjoyed knitting but put it aside while I spent many years as a registered nurse and then went to law school to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. I taught law and nursing for several years and then began to knit again in my spare time. When my other daughter became a mother too, I put my knitting skills into full throttle.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I have always had a creative streak I think and have come up with different ideas for sweaters and hats many times just on a whim. The ideas just pop up sometimes without me putting much thought into them. The interesting thing about my hats is that I really don't have a set pattern to follow when I make each hat. When I receive an order I do need to know the age of the child and the circumference of that child's head so that I can make the correct size. No two hats of mine are exactly alike though. The difference may be subtle but, because I don't use a set pattern, each hat is unique.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
My most favorite hats to make are the frog hat and the lion hat. They are really fun to create and take me about 7 hours to finish.

As far as my sweater sets, I think the strawberry is the cutest with the watermelon close behind. These two outfits I just dreamed up one day trying to make something different to add to my collection. I do use a basic knitting pattern to make the body of the sweater but add my own touches to create the different sweater themes. My most favorite sweater is the monkey sweater. I have had many orders for this sweater and received many compliments from my customers when they receive them. My second favorite is the lion sweater. This is a relatively new sweater and I hope will become a popular seller because it is such fun to make. I also like making the fish sweater. No two fishes are alike which makes each one unique.

5. What’s your best seller?
I think my best seller is my pumpkin sweater set which I get many orders for during the fall. It is a colorful set and fun to make. Customers have sent me photos of their children in the outfits and I am so happy to see the children look so cute.

My items have sold in Canada, Finland, Norway, Italy, France, England, and almost every state. I love that people from around the world can enjoy my clothes.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in Rhode Island all my life and just love the smallness of the state.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I currently live along the water and wake up each morning to a beautiful body of water in front of me. We laugh about being able to go from one end of the state to the other end in about an hour and there are so many advantages to being able to do that. People in Rhode Island are friendly, helpful, and caring. We have an extraordinary waterfront, second to none. Along the waterfront are some wonderful restaurants and local shops. We can also boast a theater district and sports arena where popular musicals, plays and sporting events take place. The more I travel around the world, the more I appreciate little ole Rhody and getting home to it.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
On a funny side, the name of my shop comes from my Boston Terrier named Beatrice. One day my son in law called her Beatrini and from that day on I decided Baby Beatrini would be a cute name for my shop. A man from Italy emailed me once because he was interested in how I got the name Beatrini. His family name is Beatrini and he thought we might be related!


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