As a result of a totally by chance meeting in the summer, Lily’s Wray design has featured in the latest issue of The Knitter.
Back in August we attended a Herdy knitalong day at Grasmere in the Lake District. Lily was wearing her Wray cardigan and lots of knitters were stopping to compliment her on it – one of them turned out to be Juliet Bernard, who just happens to be the editor of The Knitter magazine. Just imagine how excited Lily was when Juliet asked her if she could feature the pattern. It was like having a child with an intra-venous E-number line that weekend.
From then on, things moved pretty quickly. The original idea was for the pattern to be featured in the Feb 2011 issue but before we knew it, the Wray design was to be given it’s own special supplement in the Christmas Collection which hit the shelves on Monday. Seriously, Monday evening was pretty exciting. Dave had managed to get hold of a copy in Cheshire earlier in the day so we both pounced on him as he opened the door!
I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at The Knitter for making this process so enjoyable for Lily and the rest of our family. I’m sure that dealing with someone so young can seem like a minefield at times but they have been absolutely marvellous throughout. I warned Juliet and Jen very early on that Lily would be ever so slightly possessive over this pattern and they totally respected that and involved her every step of the way. Juliet has even managed to knit her own Wray too!
Whilst we’re talking about about Wray knitters, we really need to thank our fantastic Tech Editor and test-knitters – Joeli, Polly, Daniela, Kelly, Wendy, Erin, Sue, Denise, Edie, and Glenda. I’m absolutely sure that this turned into a much bigger job than everyone had anticipated but I’m so glad they stuck with us. Sorry about those 400+ st rows girls!
Hopefully the next few weeks will see more examples of Wray popping up on Ravelry. Lily is now working on a few more designs and can’t wait to work with The Knitter again. Kelly kindly set up a Ravelry group for fans of LK designs and I should think Lily will be setting up a KAL for Wray pretty soon so pop over and join us!
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