Friday, 5 March 2010

Julia - February Member of the Month

1. Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Garrowhill in 1954 and when I was 15 I was diagnosed with MS. Spent a lot of time off school. I worked in Belvedere hospital after school. In 1976 I married my high school sweetheart Richard and in 1983 my son John was born.

2. Where did you learn to knit?

I learned to knit from my mum. I had a knitting family. I was in primary school at the time so I was probably 8 or 9.

3. What is your proudest achievement?

That would be Dolly (pictured above). I thought I would never get her finished.

4. What was your biggest disaster?

I started to knit a jumper and jacket set I saw in a magazine. It was very intricate and had an Aztec band. The same design made a border around the jacket. It required using a circular needle. I attempted the circular needle and couldn't do it so I tried to used normal needles. It's the only thing I gave up on.

5. What would you love to knit in the future?

I would love to knit a Christening shawl.

6. List of favourites;
favourite colours - pink or pastels. I'm quite a pastel person.
favourite yarn - baby double knitting.
favourite book - to be honest I use individual patterns rather than books.
favourite designs - I love Icelandic and lace designs.

7. Do you do other crafts?

I have tried crochet, rug making. tapestry and painting. After I took MS and was off school so much my mums friends all came round to teach me all sorts of crafts.

8. Any advice for other knitters?

Don't give in too easily because when it does work out you get such a sense of achievement.

9. What do you watch/listen to when knitting?

I usually have the television on and watch things like Midsummer Murders. Something that you can easily follow whilst knitting.

10. What is your favourite non craft book?

Wild Swans, it's a generational novel set in China. Also any Maeve Binchy.

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