Q. What’s your favourite thing about knitting?
A. Knitting is very therapeutic, once I decide on a project I spend hours with sketches and colour swatches until I get the right combination. I think it is such a lovely craft and can be enjoyed by young or old and men can join in too! Surprisingly enough, men used to do a lot of knitting in years gone by and women were not so keen.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start knitting but feels a bit overwhelmed?
A. Start with something very simple, a square is a good idea. Get a good book that will show you step by step instructions, (I have written a book called Love Knitting that shows in photographs every step for learning to knit) or look on YouTube and watch one of the many tutorials. You could also join a knitting group, of which here are many. Be patient, it takes time and perseverance to knit, you will make mistakes and get frustrated when things go wrong but don’t give up, everyone had to start in the same way.
Q. Do you have a favourite memory connected to knitting?
A. Probably one of the memories that often comes to mind was how I used to knit at every opportunity given, even when I was at school there was always some knitting in my bag that I could work on in a spare moment. I can remember sitting at the back of the room in a domestic science lecture knitting a baby jacket. Unfortunately, the teacher spotted me and although she was quite stern, she had to smile when she asked me who the project was for, as she was expecting her first baby, I was in fact knitting for her!