Interview with Jo

Welcome and thank you for allowing me to asking you a few questions:

Tell us a little about yourself?

Hi y’all! What do you want to know? My name is Jo Lafayette. I was born and raised in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After my studies in Massachusetts, I decided to try out life here in London. I love the diversity and openness here. I now work in an alternative adult entertainment establishment, which suits me right now.

What Star Sign are you?

I’m an Aries – the ram. That’s me spot on!

What is your favourite food?

I love Cajun food, of course, and there is a restaurant, not too far from where I work, that makes the best Southern Fried Chicken this side of the Mississippi.

Have you always been interested in Knitting?

I only started to knit when I was at college — a girlfriend taught me. I spent a year knitting endless scarves!

What project are you working on right now?

I am working on a loose knit ‘sloppy’ sweater, but I always add my own creative twist (laughter).

Why ‘naked’ knitting?

Why not – being naked makes no difference to me — it’s totally natural and liberating from the constraints that society puts upon us — ‘Dare to Bare!’

What do you do in your spare time, apart from knitting?

I spend time with Charlie, my darling pet. I enjoy reading, yoga and meditation, normally in the mornings. Lately, I’ve found time to play my acoustic guitar again. I don’t have a TV and I’m not into wasting time on social media –I enjoy making the most of my precious time.

What are your plans for Christmas?

I will be working. I have no family here, so I may as well be earning, but I also see it as doing my bit for charity over the holidays — I offer companionship to a few lonely souls and make them happy!

Do have a knitting project in mind for next year?

I have a pattern for a cute little halter top, and I know already how I will ‘Jo-ify’ it.

If the book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast to play you?

That would be awesome – I think it should be Beyoncé (laughing) — but I believe the others in the group keep saying that I’m like Grace Jones, do you think she’d be too old now to play me? (laughter)

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Interview with Luna

Welcome and thank you for allowing me to asking you a few questions:

Tell us a little about yourself?
Well, my name is Luna Pearce — Luna like the moon; although my brith name is actually Elizabeth — Elizabeth Margaret. I live in the Notting Hill area of London, with my two troublesome cats, Trouble and Soot – my babies.  I work part-time in the local library – I love books, they are so magical. Oh yes, I love helping people too. I offer a few services to help people with their love lives and I use natural herbs to create healing remedies.

What Star Sign are you?
I’m a Capricorn — I think it sums me up, I hope — wise, patient and practical.

What is your favourite food?
Oh, I have such a sweet-tooth. My favourite treat is a slice of carrot cake at the Evergreen Café. But really, I am quite easy to please when it comes to cake!

Have you always been interested in Knitting?
For a long time — I learnt to knit as a child. My mother, god rest her soul, taught me.  We would sit together by the fire, back in the days when you had real coal fires, and she would tell me stories as we would knit squares to make blankets for charity. My father was away a lot on business and it was often just us.  Up until the accident… my parents were killed in a car accident. Anyway, I am just pleased I have those precious memories, and when I sit and knit, I feel she is with me.

What project are you working on right now?
I often have several projects on the go at once, but I love knitting socks.  There is something about creating a cozy pair of socks, and the endless colour combinations – and they make great presents too.

Why ‘naked’ knitting?
Well, it started back when I explored being a naturist, but if I’m honest I didn’t like walking around outside and with men – oh my, God had a sense of humour… So I started knitting at home on my own in the nude and it felt comfortable. Then I felt that I should open up my home to invite others to join me, and so the naked knitting club was formed. That was five years ago and we are going strong today.

What do you do in your spare time, apart from knitting?
I love to make my healing herbal remedies, and I enjoy reading a good book. At the moment, I am reading lots of murder mysteries — you can’t beat a good whodunnit.

What are your plans for Christmas?
Well, as I’m on my own — my typical Christmas is a time for reflection, and to share with those less fortunate. Christmas Eve I go to the local homeless shelter and we have a small Christmas carol service and provide a good hearty meal, a good hot shower and a clean bed.  It breaks my heart to see so many wonderful souls hurting and living on the streets. Nowadays there are so many young ones living rough, it makes me so sad. I really feel strongly that we all need to reach out and help each other. On Christmas day, I’m back at the shelter and we do a breakfast and then prepare for a full traditional Christmas dinner. It breaks my heart that we can only help a few. Many of the pairs of socks I knit are given out as presents.

Do have a knitting project in mind for next year?
Too many, when I visit my friend’s yarn and craft store, Mr Yamamoto, I always end up falling in love with some new range of wool and find myself starting yet another new wonderful project. I think the excitement of starting something new is hard to resist. I have an ever-growing stash – other knitters and crafters will understand.

If the book was to be made into a movie, who would you choose to cast to play you?
Oh, dearie that would be so adorable. I admire the actress Miriam Margolyes, she is quite a character and a very talented and clever lady – yes, I would love to meet her too and have a chat over a coffee and a slice of cake. I have a feeling we would hit it off. That would be such a hoot! I think she was excellent as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movies, but don’t tell anyone – I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fan!

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