Friday, 12 April 2013

My column in print!

I mentioned in my ‘An everyday outfit’ post that I had a special project in the pipeline. Well, here it is! I’m now writing a column for Simply Knitting magazine. I’ll do about four a year, all on my vintage knitting disasters adventures.

The first one is appearing in the issue on sale from the 17th of April, but subscribers have just started receiving their copies. If you’ve found my blog via the magazine and want to go straight to the knitting, just click on the ‘Knitting’ tag on the right-hand side of the page. That way you’ll avoid all my other nonsense about old clothes, films, comics, music, steampunk or what-have-you.

It feels a little odd to see the column in print. I write this blog, but it’s the sort of thing people only find if they’re looking for it. I’ve worked in magazines for years, but this is the first time I’ve written something and had my picture on it... it’s a bit different from editing something to fit, designing a pair of gloves or writing a book review. I’m actually quite nervous about the whole thing being so ‘me’ and so public.

I’m really enjoying my knitting at the moment and am already planning my next couple of columns. Hopefully other people will enjoy seeing the knits. That’s what I’m aiming for: to share some love for vintage knitting patterns, and show some appreciation for ‘nana knitters’ – we wouldn’t have these patterns without them having been there to buy them and knit them, yet things are forever being marketed as ‘not your nana’s knitting’ or ‘not just for grannies’. Hopefully younger knitters will want to try knitting from vintage patterns, and older ones will enjoy getting a blast from the past. (I hope they don’t all write in to tell me I’m doing it wrong!) Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to.

Thanks to Mr Robot (PP Gettins) for taking the pictures, and again to Chloe at the Rose & Crown, Trowbridge for letting us take photos there.

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  1. Grats on the column! Your piccy looks dead cool too ^_^

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    1. Thanks! I'm finally getting used to posing for the camera. It helps having someone I know taking them.

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  2. Looks great! I read this recently, thought you might like it: http://knityounexttuesday.com/2013/04/07/actually-this-is-my-grandmas-knitting/

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    1. Yes, I saw that when Ben posted it - we had a chuckle on Twitter over both being militant supporters of older knitters.

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  3. How fantastic! I shall go for a nosey in Smiths :)

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  4. How great for you! I will look out for the issue.

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  5. Congratulations on having your own column and for bringing vintage knitting to the fore!

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