I’ve just come back from Lille, northern France, after a short break to celebrate my son’s 19th birthday. In Furet du Nord, a massive bookshop on one of the main squares in the old town, I was delighted to discover not just one but two of my books – the French versions, of course. (Note to self: The next time I ask my son to take a quick snap, make sure the angle is more flattering and that I’m not pulling a stupid face.)
My knitted hen doorstop, perfect for spring, is the cover star of the current issue of Let’s Knit magazine, the UK’s top-selling knitting magazine, which you can buy in UK newsagents and most supermarkets for £4.99 – or subscribe online for hefty savings. Pretty much all you need to create it, including the needles as well as all the yarns, comes with the magazine itself. I hope you like it – it was good fun to make.
I tend to keep politics out of knitting but couldn’t resist this gorgeous European flag jumper modelled by the late former UK prime minister, Maggie Thatcher (1979-90). It’s almost certainly machine knitted but I still wish I had one. For my readers who don’t follow UK politics, we’ve got a referendum in June 2016 to decide if we want to remain part of the EU or not. So this photo of Maggie (taken I think before the last European referendum in 1975) has been doing the rounds.
I’m doing a series of learning to knit videos on YouTube here to coincide with my Learn to Knit book (due out in March 2016) on learning to knit. As you’re here on my blog, chances are you know the knitting basics already… but please tell your family and friends!
One of the nicest things about writing knitting books is when you get a translated copy – and here is the Polish version of my knitted animal hats book that came in the post yesterdayand I hope Polish knitters love it. For an English version, please check it out here. Different cover but the same book – and one of my most popular, with animal hat knitting patterns for the whole family.
My best friend and breast cancer survivor Katie has just told me about an organization that makes bespoke hand-knitted breast prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy, completely free of charge. She’s showing off the sample she’s knitted here – what a fantastic idea. For more info, please visit Knitted Knockers UK.
A reader recently got in touch with me with a query on the pattern for the hedgehog mitts shown here. Non-tekkie me has stupidly managed to delete her email (gone right out of my trash folder) before I had the chance to reply. Please could you get back in touch if you read this and sorry for the problem. I really do try to answer all queries but this has gone astray and my email people are not being very helpful.