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Wit Knits

I’m not sure I ever blogged about this, but several years ago, a curious tome came into my possession. Behold…


Possibly the most 80s knitting book ever. I don’t really remember how I came by it, but one flick through the pages and I was smitten.


Ginger sauce-pot Bonnie Langford featured prominently in a variety of knitwear and lace gloves. I think you can tell from her rictus grin that by the time came to take the cat photo, she was regretting the whole thing somewhat.


A demented-looking Floella Benjamin also posed for a sporty number. Jon Inman was also suitably surprised-looking.


I guess if you looked down and saw those birds perched on your midriff, you might be a bit taken aback, too. Matthew Kelly camped it up in fine style.

But really, I know you are all waiting for Biggins…

He definitely looks like he had the most fun. My favourite pose though is Anne Diamond, then-queen of breakfast television, who clearly is the only one who took it seriously.


Lovely. I wonder where my knitting needles are?







I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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