I distinctly remember when I was in my early 20s watching Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler on a UK chat show.
Man, I’d always loved that band (yes, I know they are The Cheese). But seeing Tyler on TFI Friday, talking about women in a most unsatisfactory way – though Lord knows what I was expecting, put me Right Off.
And then there was the time I made an absolute fool of myself when I bumped into Noel Fielding (lovely) and Julian Barrat (less so) in Soho Square at the height of Mighty Boosh mania. You don’t need to know more than that.
I’m rambling. But because of the above, I was a little wary about meeting a more recent hero of mine – Jane Brocket.
Jane was on the Mollie Makes stand at the Stitch and Craft show at Olympia, where I was working at my day job for The Knitter. It was a perfect opportunity to say hello and have my copies of her books signed…
Happily it was third time lucky for me. Not only was Jane absolutely lovely, she told me a little about her next two books, and her plans for some time off after six years of working solidy. Fair enough I think.
I didn’t get a picture with her because, if it were me, I wouldn’t like that at all. But as she was absolutely instrumental in my decision to take a chance on a new kind of career, it was great to pay a little homage, without any actual fawning/ grovelling involved.
While at the show I also finally permitted myself a Moda jelly roll (you can blame Jane for my ever growing quilting obsession)…
And was also treated to a little yarn freebie by the utterly delightful Martin Storey (thanks Martin!)
So tell me, who are your heroes?