ENTERPRISING mum Catherine Knowles is socking it to the design world by stitching toy monsters for kids from old socks.
Catherine, aged 33, a former teacher at schools in Sheffield, Chesterfield and Doncaster, has set up a business called Sock Monsters – making cuddly creatures knitted and sewn from socks, with buttons for eyes.
The former Sheffield Hallam University student put her career on hold in 2008 to bring up her family – but after spending an afternoon with her three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, making snakes and monsters from odd socks and googly eyes, an idea was sparked.
Catherine made 12 sock monsters to give as gifts to the children of friends. They then asked if she could make monsters for others too.
In November Catherine took the plunge and created a Facebook business page. It got 100 ‘likes’ in three days and Catherine now has a website www.sock-monsters.co.uk
She works around her children, starting at 7pm when the children are in bed. Orders have come in from across the world.
Catherine, who did her teacher training at High Storrs School in Sheffield, and taught at Newbold Community School in Chesterfield and McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster, said: “I’m delighted with the way people have taken to Sock Monsters! ”
Catherine, who used to live in Havercroft near Royston, now lives in Batley, West Yorkshire.