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more knitting and a busy week/end

kelpie alfredos

kelpie alfredos

There used to be a TV advert here in the UK that used the phrase *thank crunchie it’s Friday* – it has felt a bit like that today after the day yesterday with a sick computer (now almost fixed, thank you Dr David), a sick tyre and a child with nasty bump on the head – things come in threes, so that should be it, right???

So the computer is just undergoing some radical surgery and all will be good, the tyre is fixed and the child is feeling better. We have a full on weekend of events and visiting people but before I abandon the computer for the weekend I wanted to set a little blog giveaway for the weekend.

It will be a real treat to come back and see what you have written so here is the deal. The Olive Snooks pattern (mentioned below) has been knitted up, written up and is being tested by some lovely people. It will be listed for sale even before my birthday, hurrah and for three lucky blog readers I will give a free pattern. The pattern was inspired by a fictional character and my ideas of what she is like. What I would like to hear is, if you were knitting for a fictional character (or even real for that matter) what would it be like? I have no idea how I will choose who gets the free patterns but it’ll make me smile to read what inspires you.

I’ll make a decision on Monday 22 June, 8pm BST so get writing…

kelpie handwarmers

kelpie handwarmers

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15 Responses to more knitting and a busy week/end

  1. felixbadanimal June 20, 2009 at 3:43 am #

    If I was knitting for a fictional character, I would like very much to knit for Tita in Like Water for Chocolate.

    If you haven’t read the book, it is amazing and includes many magical references to food. Tita – as the youngest of three daughters – is bound by Mexican custom to remain at home and look after her ageing mother. This means she cannot marry the man she desperately loves. He marries her sister so that they can at least be in the same house together, and Tita expresses all her love for him in the incredible food that she cooks. She also, at some point, begins to pour all her unexpressed feelings into a knitted blanket that gets longer and longer and longer.

    I would like to knit for Tita. I would knit a cupboard for her and fill it with knitted versions of things like knitted roses and knitted chocolates and knitted cakes and knitted fancies. And I would knit lace borders for her to sew onto her pants for when she finally gets to be with the man she loves. And I would knit a beautiful baby blanket for their future children.

    I was also thinking the other day that I would like to knit for Bobby Baker because she is my favourite ever performance artist. I would make bunting based on the 13 actions (her ‘Baker’s dozen’) that she performs during kitchen show, and I would knit small things to represent each of them. OR, I might make my own 13 kitchen actions, represent these in knitting and send the whole thing to Bobby Baker as a hommage.

    Food does dominate, I realise…

  2. alabamawhirly June 20, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    I absolutely love that book and the way that food is central to the plot right from the moment she is born. Food is central to my life as well,the visual joy of it so I completely understand your lovely knitty cupboardy love. Thanks Felix x

  3. Z June 20, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Fictional characters inspire me all the time – I’d like to make something fantazmagorical and completely absurd for Willy Wonker that looks like he is wearing a bouquet of sweets; A beautiful muted shawl for Tess of the D’Urbervilles in grey with an edging that is similar to Ysolda’s Hap Blanket; a pair of lacy light fingerless gloves that hook over the middle finger as they go to a point in a cream colour for Titania, Queen of the fairies or if I go back to my childhood; a cosy v shaped cardigan with cute buttons on for Mildred, the Worst Witch.

    Since I was a child and I became the solitary bookworm that I loved to be I imagined living in the same worlds as the characters and everything from the curl of my hair to the scallop edge of my hem would be part of my dreams.

    Nowadays I tend to find myself inspired by anyone and everything – nothing escapes my daydreams!

    I’d love to make a wonderful eccentric brooch for Nigella to wear on her lapel as she sashays across the kitchen; a beautiful lace shawl for Margarte from the Apprentice; something bang on trend and a little unconvential for Sophie Ellis-Bextor; leg warmers to go with the incredible high heels that Beverley Knight leaps around stage wearing; a warm winter wrap for Stacey Kent to snuggle into as she soaks us with her velvety voice.

    But back in real life I have lots of people who inspire me to create and I want to show that I love them, baby blankets for the bundles of joy being brought into the love and who become the most precious commodity in their parents lives; a tank top for my big brother who has always been there for me and has recently honed his body which he likes to show off in this style; my mother who is always there for me without prejudice despite frequent disagreements or fracas; my beloved who words cannot describe how wonderful he is to me. He deserves the best of everything I can ever give and I doubt I will ever be able to show.

    Ah me! So much knitting – so little time!


    Ps I don’t mind if I don’t win – this has been an unepxected opportunity for a bit of written creativity – so thank you!

  4. yvette June 20, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    I absolutely love history, so I would knit completely over the top lace stocking for Elizabeth the first, I like the idea that she wore pretty things underneath that harsh exterior stern public face.

  5. alabamawhirly June 21, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    that is an impressive list and some crossovers there with people I think about too, but I fear it may take longer than a lifetime to accomplish all that ; )

  6. alabamawhirly June 21, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    I agree with you there!

  7. anna June 21, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    what a fun thing to think about!
    my favourite books ever are written by robin mckinley. she writes beautiful fairytale-like stories where the GIRLS get to have the adventures but still get the guy in the end. she does it without being ragingly feminist either, which is a good thing iin my opinion.

    in each of her stories there’s always a moment just before the heroine gets caught up in her adventure; where she sits at a large window in the middle of the night, or later on when she’s convalescing from battle wounds or something, and then what she really needs, one thinks, is a great big handknit blanket. like a massively oversized comfort blanket. because all strong, brave heroines need to snuggle up in a blanket sometimes, don’t we?!

  8. alabamawhirly June 21, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    I love that people are referring to things that I have never come across and your post makes me want to source her out – you are right, heroines deserve a good blanket and I share the blankety love too – I have my one from my granny when I was born (fortunately it is an adult person size) and I am making one now for my family to share whilst we are telling stories and camping, so a blanket inspired by someone would be a perfect blanket

  9. Helen June 21, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    I would knit for the characters in the two of the books I loved to read as a child because they featured make do and mend sort of girls who I identified with really strongly.

    Milly Molly Mandy was full of thrift and I loved the story about the skein of wool (I thought it was pronounced ‘skeen’) and the one where they made a party dress using an old handkerchief as a collar – they really made me want to knit and sew. For Milly Molly Mandy, I’d make a tam-o-shanter with a bobble on it in red, with matching mittens on strings for pure nostalgia.

    I’d also knit for the sisters in Little Women – one of the first things I ever made was a gingham embroidered slip cover for the leather-bound copy at my parents’ house, so I can credit them with making me want to make too. I could think of nothing nicer than sitting sewing sheets of an evening by lamplight when I read the books (which is maybe not the point, but even so…). I would make some pretty gloves with silk and cashmere yarn for Meg who was so vain about her hands, some delicate gloves for Amy with a lace cuff and ribbon-ties, some cream woolly mittens for Beth in a moss stitch with intarsia robin motifs, and some chunky finglerless gloves or handwarmers for Jo who would probably want something practical.

  10. alabamawhirly June 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    I love those books too, we must have had a similar childhood. Bama has Milly-Molly-Mandy and I know my mum and her have been reading Little Women together, they are definite classic books to pass down – if nothing more to say how much things have changed and in some parts how much things have stayed the same

  11. KnitTwit June 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    I would like to knit a jumper for Bret from ‘Flight of the Conchords’. In each episode of the ‘Conchords’ Bret wears a different top featuring a feathered or furry friend. I’d like to add to his fashion menagerie and knit him a fairisle jumper. The pattern would be made up of cats (I love cats) that he would wear to one of his gigs when he sings with his mate Jamaine in hope that they would write a little ditty about knitting. The jumper would be knitted in merino wool to remind Bret of his homeland – New Zealand.

    I love ‘the Conchords’ (perhaps not as much as their crazy fan in the show Mel – although I do have a slight infatuation with Jemaine). Their silly songs really do make me smile and I must say it’s the best thing on TV at the moment.

  12. alabamawhirly June 22, 2009 at 7:35 am #

    tee hee, that’s brilliant but is it a slightly round the roundabout way to get the jumper/ yourself noticed by Jermaine? ; )

  13. emmabradbury June 22, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    yes *blush*

  14. Justin June 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    I would like to knit a Unicorn… they look really cool and beautiful


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