We were privileged today to have Erika Knight visit the shop to talk about her design career, her inspiration and her ideas, alongside signing copies of her new book, Men's Knits. Gerard and I have been enamoured with Erika for years - before all of this knitting took over our lives Erika's New Knits book was already on our bookshelf (we've both made the retro poodle wine bottle cosy from it!), so we were really pleased when we discovered that Erika's newest collection was just for men.
The book is beautiful. It's simplicity; it's timeless; it's one of the very few books where we want to knit pretty much everything in it, and all the 'models' are real men like us. In fact, I was gutted when Erika said she wanted us to be in the book but we just didn't have time. Part 2 for sure. I know some of you reading this might not have much use for a men's cardi - but, honestly, you must have a man or two in your life to knit for? One of the constant bugbears we have as men who knit is the lack of choice - not just for handknit patterns but also in the high street too. With one fell swoop Erika has created a selection of genuinely wearable garments for men of all ages, and G and I will be wearing a couple this winter too - Erika, you are generous and lovely and we hope we'll see you at the knitting group soon.