Fruity Knitting

I was recently asked if I would like to be on the Fruity Knitting podcast as one of their Knitters of the World. I had a think and then I decided to try as I really enjoy that segment of the podcast.

Filming my little part was so difficult, I'm not very good at that type of thing and have no idea how Andrea and Andrew do it. If you go back to the first episode Andrea is pretty perfect in that one too so perhaps it's something she has naturally (if that makes sens?). I forget what I'm saying halfway through a sentence and will gesticulate wildly at Rich (my partner) as if he will somehow manage to figure out what word I'm looking for.
My first run-through in front of the camera consisted of about half an hour of wasted attempts which were all deleted! I then got a good run but watched it back and realised that I was out of focus for the entire thing. The next run was in focus but once uploaded to the computer I saw that the footage was very grainy (my camera is over 10 years old). Scrap that!
Next I enlisted the help of Rich who set up the Go-Pro and then left me to it. I was fine until I picked up my colourwork cardigan (which I never blogged about but I will do after I post this!). As I was explaining the origins of said cardigan I suddenly froze up and couldn't think of a word to say. I just held the cardigan up silently for about 20 seconds before I frustratedly switched off the camera. I was a little flustered after that but got back into the flow and finished the video.

Andrea did a beautiful job editing my footage, I was so nervous to watch it and absolutely delighted with what she had done with it.
Fruity Knitting is quite a special podcast, it's very high quality, fun and informative and filled with genuinely interesting guests. Also, Andrea's knitting is extremely good, she makes things like intarsia look do-able and she's happy to share when things don't work out and show us her solutions.

I''ve had a rubbish couple of weeks with RSI in my right wrist. A combination of factors including two large-scale commissioned paintings, so it's not just knitting which is to blame.
Oliver is now at that delightful age (3) where tantrums seem to happen at the drop of a hat, and he's so heavy to lug away from a situation - he also does the 'go limp' thing which doesn't help. I remember James's tantrums, they were very different, same age, same pushing the boundaries, same noise level.. James just had different techniques! Ol will hit and bite... I'm hoping the worst of this will have passed by the time he starts nursery in September and the 'we do NOT bite/hit message will have well and truly sunk in!'.

I currently have 5 WIPs (and a dress that has been cut in half and needs ribbing to turn it into a cardigan/skirt), so 7 WIPs if I count the dress re-jig. This is about 4 too many for my liking! They're getting me down a little and I had planned on spending March finishing things but then the wrist pain hit and I knew I had to give it a rest. It's not been all bad news though, I hunted out some of my old jigsaws and have been enjoying working on those with James (who seems to have inherited my love of jigsaws to my mum's delight!).


  1. I enjoyed your Knitters of the World segment, and if you were nervous or uncomfortable, it didn't show. Your work is lovely, thus why I'm here. I especially liked your colorwork cardi; stunning. Agree with you on your Fruity Knitting podcast comments; I immediately became a patron after watching one of their videos. Thanks again for sharing your work. p.s. I have a son Oliver; it's not a common moniker here in the U.S. so I always get excited when I meet Olivers in the wild. ;-)

    1. Hi Diana and thank you! Oliver is such a lovely name :-)


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