When she was seven, two events influenced Katie’s creative development. Santa brought her a tiny hand-crank sewing machine, and a kindly neighbour taught her to crochet. Over 60 years later, she marries these influences into the creation of colourful and durable crocheted rag rugs made of cloth strips. Her repertoire of work includes baskets, placemats, trivets, even snuggly beds for pets. She also sews aprons with flare to cheer chefs of all ages.