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It’s that time of the week again! The one that gets us FF’ing on Twitter, sharing silly jokes on FB and reading 1 Woman: 10 Questions on mummyratesit. This week I have a crafty visitor from Bristol, the lovely KnittyMummy who I often share a joke with on Twitter (usually about our husbands). Knitty, or Kath as she is otherwise known, is more than a bit obsessed with Zumba and quite angry with motorists (especially when it’s raining) – find out why.

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Name: Kath aka Knitty Mummy
Twitter: @knittymummy
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Hello! I’m Kath aka Knitty Mummy; I live in Bristol with my husband, 4 ½ year old daughter and 2 ½ year old son. I used to work behind the scenes in TV but I became a stay at home mum, giving it all up for whining children (sounds a lot like work!) Kidding, both my children and my old colleagues are lovely. I’ve been blogging for 8 months, about a variety of topics, but always returning to craft; I love to make things. You can read my blog at

Q1: Describe your typical day

My typical day begins with the kids rushing in to tell me that “the sun is up” on their groclock and demanding breakfast. My daughter goes to preschool in the mornings, so we’ve always got the school run first thing and after lunch. My mornings involve taking my son to a toddler group – be it gymnastics, singing in French or just one where he can play and I can drink tea. After picking up my daughter they get some quiet time with CBeebies whilst I clean the house. In the afternoon we will do an activity for all of us; the park, a play date, baking or painting. My husband gets home at 6.30, so I hand over the kids in their PJs ready for a story and I relax listening to comedy on Radio4. Then my husband and I can have a nice evening on the sofa. I might knit, we’ll certainly watch TV, then we’ll crash out in bed to do it all again tomorrow.

Q2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and have you followed it?

“It’s a phase” when related to behaviour in small children. No matter how awful it seems, be it colic or tantrums, it will pass (and you’ll get a new challenge that will just be “a phase”)

Previously on 1 Woman: 10 Questions: Ruth from DorkyMum

Q3: What do you think makes a successful woman?

If you can ignore the pressure to be thin, or be the perfect mother, or to have it all that comes every day and remain positive about yourself and your life and know you’ve made the right choices for you, then you are a successful woman (in fact a successful person).

Q4. What 3 things really make you happy and why:

My husband, because he gets me (most of the time)
My kids, I love watching them grow
Zumba, I think it’s the endorphins!

Q5: What 3 things really make you angry and why:

Drivers. I don’t drive and as a constant pedestrian I have had a lot of near misses. I’ve had drivers who have driven straight over zebra crossings whilst I’m on them, drivers suddenly reverse out of a parking space into me whilst I’m crossing, and the one that is just annoying rather than dangerous (but really gets my back up) is when it is pouring down with rain cars waiting at a junction don’t leave any room between them and the car in front, so I can’t cross, I just have to stand there getting wetter (this behaviour doesn’t happen when its dry)

People organising a meet up a few weeks in advance because they are so busy they don’t have a day sooner we can meet, then not turning up on the day because they thought we’d organised it such a long time ago that I might be doing something else now. I do own a diary people!

When my husband doesn’t listen/forgets instantly what I’ve just said.

Q6: How do you relax?

Making stuff; knitting, sewing, baking, decoupage, mosaics, resin jewellery, you name it I’ve probably tried it (maybe not successfully)

Q7: What makes you laugh?
Tsunami Benefit KC: Dave Gorman
Picture of the real Dave Gorman by Diamond Geyser @

Comedians (its kind of their job). I can have a rubbish day with the kids, but as soon as I’ve got whatever Radio4 comedy is on at 6.30 I start to relax. I don’t get to see as much standup as I’d like but Marcus Brigstocke and Dave Gorman are my favourites. I also love comedy books, Bill Bryson, Dave Gorman and Douglas Adams being my favourites.

Q8: If you were given a time machine where and when would you travel to and why?

The 1920s, but I’d have to be rich as being poor then really sucked. I’d hang out with Bertie Wooster and get my clothes from the House of Elliot (yes I know they are fictional).

Q9: If you had £10,000 to give to charity which one would you choose and why?

That is the hardest question. There are so many good causes, its so hard to choose. In reality I would split it, but as this question calls for just one I would choose a charity that trains midwives in poor countries (Save the Children or Oxfam)

Q10: If you could magically create an extra two hours in a day what would you use them for?

If I could also make my children magically sleep for these 2 extra hours then I would also sleep and try to catch up on the last 5 years! If my kids were awake for these 2 extra hours then I would use my magic elsewhere and not create these extra hours in the first place. I’m sure when they are older I’d enjoy 2 more hours with them, but at the moment 12 hours a day with them is just fine.

If you would like to feature on 1 Woman: 10 Questions please drop me a line. You don’t need to be a blogger or a Mum, just a lady (or someone pretending to be) and be willing to answer these questions and share a photo. Contact me at michelle at mummyratesit dot co dot uk


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