About Gerty

Gertrude Woolsworthy’s background is something of a mystery.

There are rumours she was spun in a tiny country cottage not far from Stonehenge, where her fibres were instilled with the knowledge of the ancients.

There are some who say she was whipped up by Florence Nightingale, in a bid to take her mind off her hard day of mopping brows and chopping off gammy legs.

There are some who say she is older still. That she was turned into twine in deepest darkest Egypt in the time of the Pharoahs, where she was worshipped as a woolly goddess. Buried in the tombs of Tutankhamun in the casket of the king himself, who saw knitting as a manly pastime and was often seen at court with Gertrude at his feet, his sycamore needles clicking. After his death she was stolen by tombraiders and found her way to England via a smuggler’s path.

When questioned Gertrude merely smiles that enigmatic smile and says “You don’t happen to have any gin on your do you? I could murder a bit of battenburg too.”

Gertrude became a Stitch London Stitchette in September 2009. An attendee of meetings for some time, Gertrude soon showed Stitchette potential with her wise words, knitting prowess, and her cutting wit. A firm favourite with many members it was only a matter of time till she took her place as an official Stitchette.

Since then she has been a ball of fibre-based fabulous in running the group. She runs her own ‘Ask Gertrude’ column in the Stitch London fortnightly newsletter. Solving woolly worries, purled problems, and sticky stitching situations.

Gerty currently lives at The Fleece Station in Deptford. You’re welcome to visit. Bring gin and cake.

If you have a problem, and no one else can help, maybe you should ask Gertrude. Quite frankly, it would be rude not to.

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  1. ‘a ball of fibre-based fabulous’

    Fabulous in itself.


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