Worksop cafe owner turns to crafts for a creative release

A Worksop business owner started to crochet during the lockdown to deal with the stress of the pandemic.

By Laura Andrew
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 8:00 am

Pakize Kaplan, aged 41 started crocheting in 2017.

But during the pandemic, she started crafting a lot more to cope with pressure put on her business because of Covid-19.

Pakize, who lives in Worksop town centre, said: “Crocheting is the simple way to escape all the stress and take a step back.

Crochet earings made by Pakize Kaplan.

“We started struggling financially and psychologically.”

Pakize owns the Cafe Delight located on Bridge Street.

She and her family have owned the cafe since 2006 when they moved to Worksop from London.

A bag that Pakize has crocheted.

Like many businesses, they have had to adapt to social distancing measures to make sure they are in line with government guidance.

“We reopened four weeks ago and we have had to make a lot of changes,” she said.

“We also started using contactless card payment and we removed 30 per cent of the tables to create more space for the customers.”

The cafe delight has added social distancing measures such as hand santiser on every table.

The cafe is taking part in the track and trace scheme and also has hand sanitizer on every table.

Pakize wants to thank the loyal customers who have continued to support the cafe during the lockdown.

As a way to reduce her stress, Pakize has spent her free time creating things with wool.

She had made dolls, accessories, newborn baby clothes, handbags, keyrings, and hats.

“My friends started showing interest in my items and encouraged me to start selling them.

“As I have had a lot of spare time during lockdown I thought why not start my own shop.”

Pakize started her own Etsy shop where she sells her crochet items and says she has found a lot of enjoyment from having a creative outlet during this stressful time.

You can visit her shop here.

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