NBC Today presenter Natalie Morales is caught knitting while waiting outside the hospital for news of the royal baby’s arrival. As we know, it’s a sensible way to pass the time. She seems to be knitting in blue… did she know something we didn’t?
Speaking of the new arrival, New Zealand has gifted the royal baby with a studding, one of a kind lace shawl. Designed by master lace knitter Margaret Stove , the piece was made by Cynthia Read, from our own handspun. The knitter reports it took about 280 hours to complete… This is a continuation of a lovely tradition: Ms. Stove designed and knitted a similarly incredible shawl for the birth of the baby’s father, Prince William.
If you’re a lace knitter, the work of Margaret Stove is definitely worth investigating. Although she never published the pattern for the original shawl, elements of the design are used in other works in her book “Wrapped in Lace“.
The new shawl is a version of Ms. Stove’s “Filmy Fern” pattern, featured in the same book.
And in related shawl news, the new prince was swaddled in a beautiful Shetland-style wool shawl to leave the hospital. It’s an original design from G. H. Hurt and Son of Nottingham, UK. All the royal babies have one of their shawls. Henry, the lead designer and owner of the company, is a fascinating man, and is doing a lot to preserve great knitting traditions. Although I think we’re all a bit sad it wasn’t a handknit shawl, it’s still wonderful to see traditional British design valued so – and we look forward to new mothers all around the world cradling their own babies in such beautiful pieces.
Make your own adorable knitting needle point protectors with Sugru modelling clay. Tutorial at Instructables.
Following up on a story we’ve reported on before: a knitter tells the story of how her design of a hat inspired by one worn in a TV series ended with the delivery of a cease and desist letter from the 20th Century Fox Television company.
It’s been making the rounds, but it’s worth a visit if you haven’t yet seen it: Buzzfeed’s list of 18 Important Life Lessons to be learned from Knitting. Not entirely safe for work: salty language alert!