Sunday, 12 February 2012

babies and knitting: great conversation starters

Hannah and Felix are temporarily based in London and, making the most of the capital, they also went to visit the Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum on Friday evening, taking eight week old daughter (aka the little bear) with them. They stopped off for some food at Wagamama around the corner. Apparently the little bear behaved in exemplary fashion, had a feed herself and smiled nicely. As they were getting up to leave a diner nearby – a man of around 60 – greeted them and, having admired the baby, went on to ask if that was a handknit she was wearing?

She was, of course, wearing the cardigan I had made for her and when Hannah pointed out the cuff-to-cuff construction a knitting conversation ensued.

Turns out this man has recently learned to knit and is a new member of a knitting group in which he is not just the only man, but also the youngest member. He had already clocked the fact that it was knitted crosswise, which was I think the thing that intrigued him. Clearly another obsessive for the cause!

I was delighted to be able to report this adventure to the knitwear designer who blogs as knitsofacto. Who knows what can happen to a design once it is set free in the world.


  1. What a great story ... and I know that branch of Wagamama well!

  2. Ha! I suppose with your lovely daughter's deep love of Wagamama you are familiar with their branches in many cities!

  3. Indeed. If only they had loyalty cards!

  4. Moira for some reason your posts aren't showing up in my feed and I keep missing them :(

    I'm so glad that I spotted this one. What a sweetheart that young Miss is, and what a fun story!

    Thank you for the mention. I'd missed your first post on the cardi but as you know I saw it on Ravelry. It is fun to see what happens to a pattern when you set if free :D