Another blast from the past!
While browsing Julie Schilthuis' blog yesterday, what a surprise it was to see two of my very old sweaters jumping off the page at me and even more amazed to see Philip modelling one of them!! Bokila and Chestnut are from my second book, Knits for all Seasons way back in 1991, and I was delighted to read that Julie still loves them today.
It was a lovely book to make as we had lots of friends and family modelling the sweaters, as well as the odd few real models. I well remember the shoot with Swedish photographer Pia Tryde. There were sweaters for women, men and children in each section and our son Felix and several of his friends did a great job.
I'm always intrigued by coincidence. We shot the May sweaters on a local village green with the little children from the primary school dancing around the maypole, and lo and behold, twenty years later my grand-daughter, Isabella, has just started at the very same school. Also loved this photo of Ianthe Wright, playmate of Felix's, but also grand-daughter of Sue and renowned sculptor Austin Wright, who as it happened lived on the very same Yorkshire village green.
Such a fabulous project shooting each month of the year in different locations. I particularly remember January as we'd been fretting about the absence of snow for many months, and it had got to the point when it was now or never. We were all staying in the stylist's immaculate Victorian home in Studland Bay, a Dorset beauty spot, and even though it was freezing cold, there wasn't a snowflake to be seen. So a snow machine was urgently ordered and we found ourselves shooting in a snowstorm of polystyrene. It's the kind of stuff that gets everywhere and the whole house was full of it. I hope my publishers were generous enough to send along someone to help with the cleaning the next day!
|Philip wearing Chestnut|
|Bokila, aka Cairngorm, on the right|
|Ianthe Wright in Bacchanalian mood wearing Pooka!|
Tues 3 Jan Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Jan Knitgrrl Shannon Okey
➤ Thurs 5 Jan Yarnagogo Rachael Herron
Fri 6 Jan The Knitter Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan Knit Purl Gurl Karrie Steinmetz
Fri 13 Jan knit 1 chicago Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan Go Knit In Your Hat Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan In The Loop Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan WEBS Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan Zeneedle Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan Knitspot Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan Urban Yarns Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan A Friend to knit with Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan Tentenknits Margaux Hufnagel