My husband is very fond of pointing out that God gave us two ears but only one mouth. We are designed therefore, he advises, to listen more than we speak. This week we have encountered people with yarns to share that have borne out these words of wisdom.
Most notably we have spent time with Karen Cox, photographing her remarkable knitted quilt that will be featured by us as well as by Rowan and by Knitting magazine in the autumn as World War 1 Armistice Day reaches its 100th aniversary. The quilt tells the story, in each of its blocks, of the occupations of her family members who died in the Great War. She has shared its story with us during the months that she has been working on it and we have learned a lot about the men whose lives she has meticulously researched and commemorated.
You will hear more about Karen's quilt in due course but here's a sample of some of the blocks -
We are delighted that it has cooled off around here ths week. On a day when it's a mere 26 degrees there is no better way to rejoice in a reprieve from the heatwave than by picking up the knitting needles and crochet hooks. The new season's Rowan Magazine and pattern books are fab as you will see from the selection below. And we will soon have the autumn wokshop programme available - so there's a lot to get excited about as the knitting season gets going.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!
PS If you happen to be knitting tomorrow morning and in a listening mood then tune in to Radio 4's Woman's Hour. I will be accompanying my sister-in-law Ruth to Broadcasting House where she is being interviewed on the publication of her novel 'In the Blood'!