Drum roll please........

Today is the day of my very first blog post! Having been an avid reader of blogs for quite some time now and in preparation for writing my first post, I started to think about what makes a good blog..........

The ones I like to read and stay faithful to show a real snippet of the author's life, not just work, but hobbies, travel, family and interests. I'm hoping that in this little space you will be able to discover all about what is going on at Kate Box Knit HQ and a little bit about Kate Box herself! 

As an introduction I thought I would take you on a little tour of my workroom, the place I spend a lot of my time and where it all happens. This space has taken on many forms in the past few years but for now it is based at our house and is the perfect, tranquil hideaway from a busy family life. 

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This is me at my hand powered knitting machine, bought for me from eBay by my then boyfriend and now husband, after I finished my MA at the Royal College of Art back in 2002.  They've both been very faithful!

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And this is where everything gets stitched up!

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Whilst at the RCA I did a lot of knitting with sewing thread and as a result I have A LOT of colours to choose from. This photo only really shows some of them. The little peg doll in the distance, perched on the overlocker, was a present from a past colleague.

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Keeping me company from her bench on the windowsill is Maggie Rabbit.  I made Maggie for my daughter from a kit by the very talented Alicia Paulson over at Posie Gets Cosy. I'm not quite sure why she has come to join me in my work room but I suspect she won't be allowed to visit for very long. She has a great view out of the window over to Butser Hill and the South Downs.

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These three little characters sit on my yarn shelves, guarding the yarns from little fingers needing  "string" for their junk modelling projects. They are all Julie Arkell dolls, the larger one of the three I made on a Julie Arkell workshop in late February this year. The other two were a gift from a very dear friend and talented textile designer called Kay Cosserat. Kay was my tutor at Chelsea College of Art and has probably had the most influence over my style and my love for knitted textiles than anyone else.  There will be more about Kay in my next post............. but until then, thank you for reading and I hope you pop back.