A few years ago, when I was editor of The Knitter, a lovely lady came on to our stand at Ally Pally. She worked in the movie industry in Hollywood and was working on the promotion of one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. We stayed in touch and have met up when she is in the UK. It tickles me that she works in such an amazing industry yet loves to craft and even set up The Depressed Cake Shop in her ‘spare’ time. She is such an inspiration – love you Val.
Early in 2015 she got in touch about a movie she was working on as a producer. I must admit when she told me about Eddie The Eagle I did wonder why it was being made, remembering how the press used to take the micky out of Eddie. But with a cast including Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, Dexter Fletcher as the director and Marv Films behind the movie, I knew it was going to be a class act. Val was contacting me to see if I could get a couple of jumpers made for Eddie’s movie mum and dad. Apparently his gran used to knit all the family jumpers with ‘I’m Eddies Mum/Dad/Sister’ intarsia-ed on the front.
Luckily, one of my clients, Yarn Stories, was able to help and after a weekend sewing the garments together and finishing them off, I sent them to the filming at Elstree. It was such a tight deadline and I hate intarsia so I put in a couple of late nights to knit the front of the mum’s jumper. I get ridiculously excited every time I watch the trailer and see the jumper!
Fast forward to this January and the Sundance festival where Eddie The Eagle was launched to great acclaim. Laura Zander from Jimmy Beans Wool took the Yarn Stories pattern and created some special jumpers for the premier and a social media campaign was launched – you may have noticed the tweets with #iKnitforEddie flying around.
The UK premier is next week so I have designed a special hat which is available as a free download here. The chiselled cheek bones in the shot at the top of this post belong to my 17 year-old son who kindly modelled for me. Yarn Stories have teamed up with the Mission to Seafarers and we are asking knitters to donate an Eddie hat to the charity – we already have 20 to give to them.
So if you have the time please knit a hat for this great charity. Details of where to send the hat are on the pattern.