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.
Thanks very much to Eleanor Kelly’s wonderful mother who has managed to knit the entire cast of my book, The Twelve Knits of Christmas, which has been on show at Ballyroan Libary, Dublin, Ireland. I particularly love the real feather tails she has given to the seven swans aswimming (and you can see some of the rest of the cast just to the right of the swans). Happy Christmas to all my blog and book readers – and my resolution for 2016 is to blog more often.
If you want to get knitting some wearable animaly items for Christmas or any other time – I’ve got a new book out that will fit the bill perfectly. It includes knitted cat scarves, penguin socks, a rabbit scarf, fox scarf… and loads more including the cute hedgehog mitts on the cover. Check it out on Amazon UK here or Amazon USA here. Or better still get down to your local book store.
One of my readers has completed an amazing feat and knitted all the items from ‘The twelve knits of Christmas’ – that’s a staggering 78 items and, really, only the gold rings are very quick to do. Congratulations and thank you, Patricia. I love the way you’ve done the characters’ eyes and the eight ladies are perfectly posed. The items were featured in her local bookshop window over Christmas.
Just an apology for anyone who’s contacted me on my blog about possible errors in any of my books. My computer skills and my WordPress skills in particular are pretty basic and the messages haven’t got through to me. I am going to go through all the queries, check them, and put any errors on my Errata page in this blog. This might take me a bit of time as I knitted the items a while back and they’ll need a careful check. Sorry guys. Will get some help so that any comments of this kind can get through to my main email address in future. Please rest assured my patterns are checked several times but mistake still do happen – some of my problems, while not exactly complicated, involve lots of steps and my team and I are only human.
I have just created some FREE doll knitting patterns for the excellent and much-needed charity called the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Children’s Fund that supports servicemen and their families.
See here for more info and how to get your hands on the pattern. The picture shows a Royal Navy sailor but the pattern includes instructions for a Royal Marine doll too. Hope you all like it and please spread the word.
I almost had to pinch myself last week when I appeared on Dutch TV’s Graham Norton equivalent (Paul de Leeuw) with not other than Michael Buble. Here he is with the dolls from my Dutch book on their lovely royal family. And no… I didn’t actually touch Michael — though we did talk on TV. He’s a good enough reason to start blogging again isn’t he? Very handsome, young and wealthy – I can see why he has such a beautiful wife!