Coronation Knits, by Susan Crawford
Now, it should be pretty clear at this point that I am a ridiculous fan of the royal family. I've pretty much been obsessed with them since I was a small child. You'll read a bit more about that below, so for now I'll just say that when I first heard about this book I went completely bonkers. When I got my digital copy to look over, it didn't disappoint, either. The entire collection is themed around Elizabeth II's days as a style icon (think 1950's glam), and there's more than enough here to make any contemporary fashionista squee with delight. Drawing inspiration from women's magazines of the day, there are fresh new versions of 1950's lace patterns, colorwork motifs, even cardigans, all executed with impeccable flair. Each pattern includes a quick story about what inspired the piece and why it relates back to the royal family, which I found particularly wonderful. This book is chock full of royal tidbits, and if that and the incredible patterns and spot-on styling weren't enough, the styling of the format is to die for, too. I can't wait to add the print copy to my library, because this is one that I'll want to show off for the sheer beauty of it. Okay, enough raving! On to the interview....
Susan Crawford, author of Coronation Knits
TSK: As someone who's long been obsessed with the royal family, I love that you've written an entire book devoted to their style. But what on earth possessed you to do it?
SC: I have collected memorabilia from the early twentieth century onwards for many years which includes stories and photos of the royal family. However when I was a child I used to sit and look through a scrap book that my mum had put together when she was young which focussed entirely on the then princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret. Mum always said that the two princesses were considered the style icons of their day, just as Diana was in the 1980s and Kate is today. Mum styled her hair the same as the princesses and looking at old photos of her, I can also see a lot of similarity in the style of clothing that she wore. Mum’s scrap book continues through Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip and then on through the Coronation. Added to this the fabulous memorabilia I had, such as the magazine containing the illustrated Royal Route used as the backdrop throughout the book, and it was just too much to resist. Also my mum had a severe stroke nearly three years ago now but is still managing to knit and still remembers the scrap book, and it just seemed appropriate to put something together that she would also love.
Diamonds are Forever: The shape! The diamonds! The perfect red lipstick!
TSK: I love that backdrop! I could look at that for days. I'm glad you've included a photo of it in its entirety at the back of the book. Who is your favorite member of the royal family (current or long dead)? Why?
SC: Ooh now. I love kings and queens of the past. Elizabeth I is probably one of my favourites. To maintain control when all around her were looking for ways to get rid of her was an incredible achievement. And she was strong and cool and independent. She also created her own style and was copied by women everywhere. So I’m going for Elizabeth I.
The Crowning Glory beret features a lovely crown motif!
SC: I didn’t get to see any of the recent royal weddings in person as unfortunately I live towards the other end of the country and it was therefore much easier to watch on the TV. That way I could see all the detail and get a good look at what everyone was wearing. I also remember sitting motionless in front of the TV for hours after Diana’s death was announced. It really didn’t seem real. I have been at one or two events where royalty was present but I’m afraid I’ve yet to meet any of them in person! My friend’s auntie however received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) last year and my friend went to the palace with her and therefore ‘nearly’ met the Queen!
SC: Feeling positive about myself and being happy with who I am. Its taken a long time for me to get there, but now, for most of the time at least, I am happy in my own skin and that makes me feel good.
Big thanks to Susan for stopping by the blog; you can check out the other stops on the Coronation Knits blog tour here:
|8th June||Susan Crawford||http://justcallmeruby.blogspot.co.uk/|
|12th June 2012||Jean Moss||http://jeanmosshandknits.blogspot.co.uk/|
|16th June 2012||Jen Arnall-Culliford||http://jenacknitwear.typepad.com/|
|18th June 2012||Helene Magnusson||http://helenemagnusson.blogspot.co.uk/|
|20th June 2012||Knitting magazine||http://www.knittinginstitute.co.uk/|
|24th June 2012||Ingrid Murnane||http://ingridmurnane.com/|
|28th June 2012||Felicity Ford||http://thedomesticsoundscape.com/wordpress/|
|29th June 2012||Donna Druchunas||http://sheeptoshawl.com/|
|7th July 2012||Karina Westermann||http://www.fourth-edition.co.uk/|
|2nd July 2012||Simply Knitting magazine||http://simplyknitting.themakingspot.com/blog|
|6th July 2012||Ruth Garcia-Alcantud||http://www.rockandpurl.com/blog/|
|10th July 2012||Tasha Moss||http://blog.bygumbygolly.com/|
|14th July 2012||Tom van Deijnen||http://tomofholland.com/|
|18th July 2012||Woolly||http://www.woollywormhead.com/blog/|
|22nd July 2012||Mim||http://www.crinolinerobot.blogspot.co.uk/|
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I'll announce the winner on August 1st. The winner will have 3 days to contact me to claim their prize, and if I don't hear from them by August 3rd, I'll draw another winner. So make sure to come back and see if you've won!
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