Artists ~ Sharon Watterson ~ Newport

Artist’s name: Sharon Watterson
Shop name: Wattery Totteries
Website: knitnscribble.com
Blog: www.examiner.com/knitting-in-providence/Sharon-Watterson
Twitter: knit_n_scribble
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/freeknitpatterns
Other: www.craftsy.com/user/1768861/pattern-store


1. Tell us about your work
I knit and write about it, basically. On Etsy, I have several of my knitting patterns posted for sale, and also a few knitted items for babies and toddlers. Most of my sales are from my patterns and custom orders knitted for a network of customers.

In my writing, I try to highlight new and interesting designs for sale and for free, both for knit and crochet.



2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
It has a jolly sound and was a favorite nickname for us, given by dear friends.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
After an illness, I found myself out of a job, older, just a knitter, with an English degree and it seemed a natural combo, as I had created many designs of my own, but never written the patterns down. So I started knitting and writing the patterns down. I'm hardly as prolific as I'd like to be, just a very small player in the knitting community.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Before I started writing patterns down, I would knit sweaters and hats that I couldn't find anywhere but had an idea of in my head. I love combining stitch patterns to create interesting finished objects with unusual edges, bind offs and cast ons, in the pursuit of fairly classic traditional designs. Classic designs can be passed down to younger children or worn by adults for years. My first written pattern was created because my granddaughter really wanted a sock monkey hat.



5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Hats and generously proportioned baby and toddler sweaters

6. What’s your best seller?
The Fancy Lace Baby Bonnet and matching sweater patterns


7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Since I was seventeen.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The history, the diversity, and it's never-ending beauty.

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
As soon as you start knitting your own creations, write the pattern down, no matter how simple. Catalogue everything. You never know when you will use it elsewhere.

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