My knitting, a secret & an invisible zip - GBSB episode 4

While following last year's Sewing Bee, I realised there was a lot of interest in Anne's handknits. There were various tweets and Ravelry discussions all trying to decide which pattern she was wearing, and in which yarn. As the weather turned colder between mum (Lynda) filming episodes three and four, I thought it would be fun to see if the same would happen again if she wore some of my handknits on the show. Anyone who remembers the following photo on Instagram, might like to know that they were hanging on the line ready for her to choose something for the 'Bee'...

I'd tried to select patterns that would be fairly easy for knitters Ravelers to recognise on the TV, including Pogona, Color Affections number 1 and number 2 and Nuvem, but Mum chose Whippoorwill, which I'd finished about a month before.

Credit: BBC/ Love Productions
Within a few moments of the programme starting last night, messages started coming in via Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry. Numerous people were trying to find out whether it was indeed a handknit, what the pattern was, and who had made it. If you are visiting the blog for the first time as a result of such a quest, congratulations and welcome! Here are the details you are looking for:

THE YARN: I used 126g of Kauni self-striping 100% wool yarn, which was most of one gigantic skein. I buy my Kauni from Etsy and I always get great service with fast free shipping from Aljona and Misha in Estonia, although I am told it is available in other stores too. 

Despite it's size, it didn't take very long to knit as the yarn is a complete joy - the colour changes are perfect and I wanted to keep knitting to see them blend one into the other.  The project was delayed a few times  - first when I knit too much, then when was too hot to carry around over the summer, and finally when I didn't want to bind off in green, but actual knitting time wasn't anything like the four months the project notes suggest!!! I've written more about the yarn in a previous post, so won't repeat it here.  


Source: BBC/Love Productions
I'm cautious about saying too much more about last night's show as many readers don't watch it live and will not yet know the outcome, but I will tell you that the 'secret' model hinted at last week was in fact Emma - the only one in our family (she's not technically a family member, but as good as) who was young enough to model the 'teenage' prom dress. I've lost count of the people saying they expected it to be me, and can say that my sister and I were very relieved to be too old for the challenge, especially as Emma was made for it - those legs go on FOREVER! (As it happens, Mum was expecting one of the challenges would include a family member as the model - that happened last year too - and had been grilling us to find out if myself or my sister were doing anything on the days she was away, but she really had NO idea that we were plotting for Emma to be there instead - I don't think she'll ever trust either of us again as we did it so well!) 

So I won't give anything else away, except to share a quote from mum "I've been labelled as loving children's clothes, but actually special occasion dresses are my favourite makes!" and a picture of her invisible zip *groan* You can catch the rest on iPlayer - enjoy! 

28 comments

  1. I loved the invisible zip comment. It made me giggle a lot. Your mum and I must have the same sense of humour.

    The shawl looked stunning on the telly, I'd love to do one myself.

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  2. I love the shawl! As a knitter it was the first thing I noticed. Gorgeous!

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  3. She's a complete star Sarah! So pleased for her getting garment of the week. Her invisible zip made me chuckle. I've always loved that shawl since you knitted it. As you know I'm not a shawl knitter but It's about the only one I've seen I think I'd want to knit and would definitely wear!
    xxxxxxx

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  4. As soon as I saw the show last night, I just knew it was one of your beautiful creations. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Loving your work darl!
    :still wishing I could knit/crotchet:

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  5. I literally *just* watched it on iPlayer (after reading all the spoilers on facebook last night) and I'm just in awe of the things your mum makes! And ofcourse it was so much fun seeing your shawl(s) on her as well :) #teamlynda!
    xo,
    wink

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  6. I seriously can't express how much love I have for Lynda. I cheered on my commute when I was watching her get garment of the week and got lots of laughs.

    I don't want the Sewing Bee to ever end.

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    1. In fact, please could your mum get her own sewing programme?

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  7. I recognised your shawl as soon as I saw it. Loved your mum's 'invisible zip' comment last night - she cracks me up.

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  8. Your Mum is a total star and clearly really competent esp with the early finishes and sitting with a cuppa when others are not even finished. She really suited the shawl.

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  9. I've not watched last night's episode yet. Was saving it for tonight as expecting some news back that could potentially require either a pick-me-up or a celebration! Your Mum makes me smile every time she's on camera

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  10. I got a text last night from my friend asking if the shawl your Mum was wearing was a handknit. I didn't watch until this morning and as soon as I saw your Mum I thought "I know that project!" I have a feeling there will be a run on Kauni after this show. I have an idea that I may be knitting one for my friend too ;-)

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  11. The minute I saw your Mum I wondered if she was wearing one of your knits. It's gorgeous. Didn't she do well? Her prom dress was beautiful. It looks like they're all having a wonderful time.
    Ali xx

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  12. Love your shawl and your mum! She is fab! X

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  14. I love watching your mum on this! She comes across as such a lovely person and her sewing is wonderful - the prom dress was just gorgeous. Love her naughty streak too!

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  15. I LOVED that invisible zip joke!!!!
    Your mum is a joy to watch on this program. All the stitchers are fun to watch actually - I really like how they have edited it - shows they are all getting along and having fun. Really nice to see them help one another too.
    Your shawl is GORGEOUS too!

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  16. I'm loving watching your Mum on GBSB and the snippets of you and yours too. I said to the OH last night, I've a sneaky feeling she might win.

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  17. Thank you for not spoiling it for me, I have it sky+ed, I've just not had chance to watch yet, I like to sit down properly with a cup of tea & the biscuit tin, ideally with the house to myself so I'm interruption free!

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  18. Really enjoyed watching this - congratulations on the garment of the week. The shawl looked amazing and it was lovely to be watching knowing that you knit it and I knew the pattern!

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  19. The shawl is absolutely beautiful, it was the first thing my friend and I noticed. Your Mum is a gem. I lost my Mum when I was 24, and miss her every single day, but Mums like yours make me remember to feel grateful that I had a lovely one for the time she was with me.

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  20. I'm so enjoying this series of GBSB and your Mum is just lovely <3 Can I ask, what weight yarn did you use for the whippoorwill? Thanks x

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  21. So exciting to have your handknits (and your mum!) on TV! I wish I could watch it.

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  22. love love this shawl xxx
    really want your mum to win !!! she is doing so well . Sending her some welsh luck from mid wales xxx

    http://bitsandbobszone.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. The shawl was gorgeous, love it!
    Mmmm I am starting to think your mum is the winner, I never start to consider this until the show is at least half way through as such a lot can change from one week to the next but when I saw the prom dress that clinched it for me!
    Your mum is so funny, I loved the preview of next weeks show when she was pulling the pants on and said watch where you put those pins, I laughed out loud!!!
    Cannot wait until next weeks show.

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  24. The shawl was gorgeous, love it!
    Mmmm I am starting to think your mum is the winner, I never start to consider this until the show is at least half way through as such a lot can change from one week to the next but when I saw the prom dress that clinched it for me!
    Your mum is so funny, I loved the preview of next weeks show when she was pulling the pants on and said watch where you put those pins, I laughed out loud!!!
    Cannot wait until next weeks show.

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  25. I've just ordered the shawl pattern but can't wear wool. Is there another rainbow yarn you could recommend? Now I just need some knitting lessons! Thank you.

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  26. My mother sent me this link but I was just about to search for Lynda's shawl! Beautiful

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