Q&A: Kate from A Playful Day September 29, 2015 20:53

Kicking off the new Q&A series featuring inspiring bloggers, makers and artists is an interview with Kate from A Playful Day. From knitting, crafting and upcycling to photography and illustration, her blog and podcast explore creativity in all its different forms.

Here she offers some essential advice to would-be bloggers and explains why she always assumes the best.

Knitting at A Playful Day

How do you like to start your working day?
After dropping my daughter off, I usually go for a jog. I find it easier to organise my thoughts when I’m running and problem solve best when I’m outdoors, taking everything in. It means that by the time I’ve showered and flipped on my laptop, I’m more likely to be ready to focus on what needs to be done.

What could you not do without in your studio?
My journal. I’ve created a working journal that helps me keep track of little to do lists, quotes that have inspired me or appointments I need to know about each day. Without it, I’m completely lost.

What is your greatest inspiration?

The people I get to work with every day. I’m always amazed at how creative people are and I’m so lucky to work with them - in my professional life and as a podcaster and blogger. I’m a naturally curious person - I want to know all about someone’s thought process or inspiration. I ask lots of questions as a result!

Kate's running shoes, A Playful Day

If you were cast away on a desert island, which piece of music would you take with you?
Oh that’s tough for someone who has endless playlists to suit the mood or moment that I’m in! I can listen to anything from Harry Belafonte to get me going in the morning to something gentle like The Lumineers. If I’m in a bad mood, it’s pure pop all the way. I think I’d prefer silence and hum to myself rather than restrict myself to choosing just one piece of music. I do that a frightening amount actually - humming is my thinking noise.

Which book would you take?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I have several copies and it’s something I look for each time I visit a second hand store. It’s small but perfectly formed and reminds me that everyone feels lost once in a while but we can all reinvent ourselves.

If you were prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do?
Open doors, support and nourish our communities and remove barriers. I think we could all do with it after the last few years of government.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I’d love to have an afternoon tucked inside the parlour with the Brontë sisters. I couldn’t think of better company.

Advice from Kate at A Playful Day

What advice would you offer someone thinking about starting their own blog?
Tell YOUR story. Only you are in control of your story and a blog is your place to write it down in the way you wish. You can share as little or as much as you want about yourself or your business but ultimately, it’s yours to share. Blogging and social media offer us rare opportunities to take complete ownership of our narratives.

After a creative day spent blogging and making, how do you wind down?
My favourite thing to do is to curl up with a pile of knitting, some blog posts or a podcast and lose myself for a few hours. A bubble bath and a paperback would be a close second.

What motto do you live by?
“Assume the best”.
In this digital age of fast response and little thinking time, it’s so easy for words and meaning to get twisted. I’m a naturally self-critical person and will almost always assume I’ve done something wrong. To counter this, I’ve tried employing an “assume the best” policy to absolutely everything and I have much happier interactions as a result. A quick text can have a million meanings. I strive to communicate when I’m in the right frame of mind and put a positive foot forward first. Communication is so important to get right.

  • A Playful Day is a blog and podcast for knitters, makers and all people who love tales that are rich in creativity.   
  • Kate (@aplayfulday) can also be found on Instagram where she co-hosts the #wipsandblooms hashtag with @ceramicmagpie. The tag, which is all about celebrating the creative journey, is open to all artists, crafters and makers. If you’d like to join in, take a snap of your work in progress (wip) and your favourite blooms. Don't forget to use the hashtag and tag the pair above.