Poppies for summer

Once upon a time my boss Mary Griffin, may she rest in peace, gave me two metres of a very nice cotton fabric with a poppy motif. I always wanted to make a skirt from it and never got round to it. A couple of weeks ago, while thinking of Mary again, I remembered the fabric in the chest. Needless to say what you can see is the result of me finally making a summer skirt from the fabric.

I in front of Great St Mary's, Cambridge with my new poppy skirt. Photo: Rhiannon Williams

I in front of Great St Mary's, Cambridge with my new poppy skirt. Photo: Rhiannon Williams

Mary was a keen knitter herself. She once told me she had published a knitting pattern in New Scientist featuring a random cable knitting pattern, but she said she couldn't remember anymore when it had been published and it probably had been long forgotten and destroyed. She was usually right about things but not this time. I was able to find the original publication of her pattern online: Mary Griffin, Wear your own theory. Mary Griffin with a beginner's guide to random knitting',  New Scientist, 26 March 1987, pp 69 and 70. Plonk her name and 'knitting pattern' into Google and it will surely come up in Google books. Someone had picked up on it: Josie Mercier had designed a children's random cable jumper based on her pattern which was published in Knitty in 2005 and a few others discussed it on their blog or Ravelry group. There Mary, not forgotten! Neither are you!