Knitting Queen Fiona Goble visits WoodleyBy Julie Spencer
November 01, 2011
Fiona Goble’s woolly Windsors captured the imagination of the nation’s knitters in the run-up to William and Kate’s nuptials.
Her book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding had the country in stitches and soared into the bestseller list as her tiny knitted Royals, corgis and Archbishop of Canterbury attracted international attention.
And on Wednesday, October 19, Fiona visited Woodley’s Chapter One bookshop to meet fans and introduce them to her latest cast of characters – the turtle doves, lords-a-leaping, maids-a-milking, the five gold rings and, of course, the partridge in a pear tree, in the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Fiona’s take on the traditional carol – The Twelve Knits of Christmas – features 12 knitting patterns in an illustrated book containing lyrics so you can sing as you knit.
Chapter One owner Mary Baker, who confesses to being a non-knitter, said: “People were thrilled to meet Fiona. Her Knitivity book which came out last year sold out and we have many customers who are fans.”
Lesley Westwood, who works in Chapter One in Crockhamwell Road, is the shop’s resident knitter and had just completed Camilla and the corgis before Fiona’s visit.
Mary added: “Lesley’s knitivity will be the centrepiece of our Christmas window and she is going to start on the 12 Knits of Christmas when she has finished the Royal Wedding.
“The characters have a lovely English humour and it seems to be quite addictive – the only thing that worries me is that people are knitting rather than reading!”
The resurgence of knitting and other crafts has led to a demand for books on the subjects, said Mary. “It has really grown lately and we have had to adapt our stock.”
Crime author Martina Cole will be visiting Chapter One on Friday, November 11.