Saturday, 20 February 2016

Coming soon to a screen near you!

If you are 'of a certain age' and British, you will most likely be able to recall the exploits of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, a skier who in 1988 became the first  to represent the UK in the Olympic Games ski jumping event. Despite finishing last,  he won the hearts of the crowds for his determination and guts, and became a national hero. At the end of this month, a film telling the story of Eddie's Olympic adventures is going to be released and it's a bit of a knit-fest. Take a look at this video here to relive Eddie's superhuman efforts ...

Eddie's grandma knitted a jumper for Eddie's Mum to wear during the competition which declared on the front of it 'I'm Eddie's Mum', and this jumper has been recreated by the team at Yarn Stories especially for the film. I do believe that kits will be available for you to knit your own 'Eddie' jumper soon.

Over the last few months, I've exchanged a number of emails with Juliet Bernard. It was Juliet who asked me to take part in the Stylecraft Blog Tour last year. So I was interested to hear that it was none other than Juliet herself who knitted the front of Eddie's Mum's jumper as seen in the photo above!  It takes me back to my days of intarsia knitting! (The very first thing I knitted for myself once I'd mastered knitting was a picture jumper! I must see if I can find a photo of it anywhere.) It sounds like a real feel-good movie and I shall definitely keep an eye open for it here. 


knittingsandwich said...

I've already sent Lindsey a link to your post because I know she'll be thrilled about this movie! Sounds like a great story and the sweater is awesome!

Marie-Louise said...

We moved to Calgary 5 years after those Olympics but most Canadians loved Eddie and his attitude. He is very much loved here in Calgary.
The high tower is still there but not used anymore, I have looked down the ski jump hill and it is scary. Just after we arrived here, the kids were skiing at the hill, which is on the west side of the city, and my 10 year old son was enjoying some small jumps, a man talked to him and tried to recruit him. I was very happy, Peter wasn't interested.