Maker interview: Manda from Captain Apricot


At Made it we love bringing you the work of so many small business owners from around the country. We’ve enjoyed working with all these lovely people, and we thought it was time we introduced some of them to you.
First up is aspiring crochet queen, Manda from Captain Apricot.

Button up Cowl

    • How do you describe your work?

Simple but interesting design. Clean and minimalist, not too fussy. Creating modern pieces with an old-world craft.

  • How did you learn the skills needed to make your products?

From my mum! She taught me how to crochet about 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I also studied fashion design in Hamilton and have knitted, sewed and been into making stuff for as long as I can remember.


  • What prompted you to turn your skills into a business?

It started as a way to make some extra money while I was studying and things started to take off. I realized after about 6 months of making and selling online and in a few shops that I really wanted to make a go of this stay-at-home-maker thing. There’s just something so satisfying about making something that other people love enough to spend their hard earned money on. I still get a little happy buzz from every sale and piece of positive feedback. It’s kind of addictive I think.

  • Which is your favourite product to make?

Anything that I can use my favourite crochet hook for! I have more hooks than is sensible but one particular one is just the bees knees to work with. Also anytime I have a new design I find myself wanting to make it over and over until it’s just right.


  • Many people craft to relax.  What do you do to relax?

Um, craft?! I crochet for work but I love to knit for fun. I’m not terribly good at it so my kids and partner end up with lumpy knits while all the best crochet work goes out the door to customers. I’m definitely getting better though!

  • What’s your all-time favourite happy song?

Heartbeats by Tilly & The Wall.