I asked Ann a few questions. I must admit I'm not a literary genius. I prefer 'chick lit' and 'knit lit' but my husband and kids love books and my oldest daughter is doing A level English literature so we do have books by a lot of great authors as well as many British classics in the house and I really ought to read some of these books one day.
There are several 'fair isle' designs in the book so I asked Ann for her top tips for stranded colourwork.
AK: For speed it really is essential to learn a method for holding both yarns at once without having to let go of either at any point during knitting. I prefer holding one yarn in each hand, known as the ‘two-handed’ method of stranded knitting. Alternatively, it is possible to hold both yarns for continental knitting, using the middle finger or a yarn thimble to keep them separated beyond the point where they are picked. With practise these methods become very intuitive and speedy, and I find stranded knitting almost as fast as my other work.
Another Jane Austen inspired design is 'Hartfield' which is inspired by 'Emma'. I saw 'Emma' on DVD over Christmas and I really enjoyed it. I'd started reading it before christmas but wasn't really getting into it. I do like this design though.
Another author featured in the book is JRR Tolkien who, I must admit, I know nothing about. I do like these 'Lady Of The Wood' fingerless mitts though. They are so pretty.
'Lissuin' is another design inspired by JRR Tolkien and is another beautiful fair isle design.
I also asked Ann a little bit about local knitting history. What is Yorkshire most known for in knitting terms? For example when I think of Shetland I think of fair isle and Shetland lace? I know a lot of mills were situated in Yorkshire but I’ve never been to Yorkshire and don’t know much about the knitting history of the region?