This month, we are pleased to introduce you to Kate Purdy, the Association For Creative Industries’ (AFCI) Marketing Manager based in the Washington, D.C. office. Kate will be overseeing all of the Association’s marketing and communication efforts. She is also a self-taught knitter.

Where are you from?

I’m from Schenectady, New York and have been in the Washington, D.C. area for 11 years.


What’s your favorite craft and/or hobby?

I love to knit! I taught myself about seven years ago after purchasing a starter kit from a local yarn store. I try to tackle a few projects each year. I wish I could spend more time knitting than I currently do, but I have a project ready and waiting for me for my upcoming summer trips!

Any cool DIY projects you’ve tackled?

The biggest DIY project I recently undertook was for my daughter’s first birthday party in December. It was a penguin-themed party, and I constructed the invitations and party décor. She loved it and I’m already starting to brainstorm what I can do for her next birthday!  

What’s a creative project you’d like to try?

I am really interested in learning how to spin and dye my own yarn. I attended the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival a couple of years ago and loved seeing makers spinning yarn on different spindles and wheels. The festival really showed me the big picture, from seeing sheep being sheared to the raw fleece, dyed wool, yarn and finished products for sale. I’m not quite sure where to start and maybe when my daughter is a little older, we’ll learn how to do it together!   

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