Margaret Crabtree - Friday’s Child

Margaret Crabtree.
Margaret Crabtree.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Margaret Crabtree, well-known in the city for her ‘Keep Her Knit’ group which brings women from across the community together for weekly knitting and crochet classes. Married and a mother of five daughters, Margaret has been to the fore during the Legenderry August Craft Month and continues to inspire crafters, who she believes, “are knitting the city together”. If she won the Lotto she would commission a large liner, fill it with yarn and invite everyone along for a Crochet Cruise!

How would you describe yourself?

Margaret Crabtree.

Margaret Crabtree.


Happiest childhood memory?

The long summers I spent with my siblings at my parents’ caravan in Stragill Strand, Co. Donegal.

What was your first job?

My first official job was spent as a Saturday girl in The Trueform shoe shop in Ferryquay Street. I loved it!

Favourite book?

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, recommended by my friend Paul Duffield!

Favourite film?

‘Les Miserables’, although I do love ‘The Sound of Music’.

Favourite TV programme?

I don’t watch much television but I do enjoy a good quiz programme.

Favourite expression?

“Not now, I’m crocheting” or, “Wait ‘till I get to the end of this row!”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Crocheting, sewing and socialising.

Favourite holiday destination?

America, although I would love to go to India.

Who would you most like to meet?

God …. but not for a long time yet!

What makes you angry?

Inequality, injustice and unfairness.

What makes you happy?

Seeing others achieve, as well as finding new and exciting crochet patterns!

What human qualities do you most admire?

Honesty, truthfulness and perseverance.

What human qualities do you least admire?

Deceitfulness, dishonesty and jealousy.

Your most embarrassing moment?

One of my most embarrassing moments was having my skirt tucked into my Bridget Jones’, whilst out shopping.

What was the worst thing to happen to you?

The sudden and untimely death of my father, Billy Nelis.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing someone close to me, or running out of yarn before my project’s completed!

What has been the highpoint of your life so far?

My marriage to Peter, (he’s a saint for putting up with me) and the birth of my five daughters and grandson Peadar.

How would you like to be remembered?

As kind, considerate and dependable.

What is your most treasured possession?

My hands, if they can be called possessions! If not then it will be all my happy memories.

If you won the Lotto what would you do with it?

I would commission a large liner, fill it with yarn and invite everyone along for a Crochet Cruise!

If you could be granted one wish in life what would you ask for?

Peace on Earth.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

#Live #Laugh #Love x