I’m Jacki, and I’m the Bristol-based knitter and designer behind The Woolly Badger.
The Woolly Badger started life back in 2018 as an Etsy shop selling ready made knitwear. But it’s taken a bit of a turn recently (in a good way), and now I’m designing and publishing knitting patterns. It’s far easier to be creative on a great big scale when you don’t have to churn out 10 of whatever it is you’re knitting to go up on sale.
I love colour, and texture, and mucking about and seeing what happens. I used to be a scared knitter; I followed patterns religiously, and never strayed from the suggested yarn. Then 3.5 years of intense sleep deprivation at the hands of my two adorable but entirely sleep-averse sons got to me, and I decided to just try stuff out.
After all, knitting is meant to make you feel good; not scared of messing up. I’m a huge believer in the healing power of crafting. Knitting has got me through a couple of nasty bouts of depression, including a recent – and fairly brutal – chunk of postnatal depression following the birth of my second son.
Still, in case you came here to find out the facts about me, here they are: I live in Bristol with my husband, my two sons, and our two old lady cats. I do a lot of my knitting on the playroom floor while the boys play. I’m from London originally (by way of Houston and Melbourne and Birmingham and Brighton), and I have degrees in English and American literature. When I was a kid I wanted to be Kylie Minogue. Now i just want to be well-rested.
I’ve been knitting since late 2011. Unless you count a brief period in 1993 when my babysitter taught me to knit a scarf that ended up with more stitches dropped than actually knitted. Look, Maureen! I worked it out in the end!