Aneeta Patel learned to knit when she was about 5 years old by her right-handed aunt. This means that she knits right-handed even though she is actually left-handed! It also means she has no barriers to teaching either left or right handed knitters.
Aneeta originally trained as a painter and she’s always loved to sew, knit, embroider and generally ‘make things’. These days that 'making' takes up a large part of her life. She’s knitted original samples for several designers both in London and New York.
Aneeta created Knitting SOS in 2006 as a free service for knitters in need of emergency advice. She feels strongly that sometimes a knitter will need a bit of advice to keep them going and she was keen to provide this as a free service rather than have knitters get 'stuck' and stop knitting for want of a little boost... so take advantage of over 30 years of knitting experience!
Aneeta teaches knitting classes for beginners and intermediate knitters all around London - creating knitting-addicts wherever she goes.
Aneeta has taught knitting for the Working Well Trust in Tower Hamlets. This is a charity where she taught knitting to Bangladeshi women with long-term mental health problems. The knitting provides a place for the women to meet and learn new skills and gain confidence. There are some women in the group who can’t yet speak English, but can read a knitting pattern. This is pretty cool.
Aneeta was commissioned to turn her classes into a knitting book for beginners. This is now available and will hopefully get even more people addicted to knitting!
Aneeta was a member of the N1WI branch of the Women's Institute and has sat on the WI Education Committee at Denman College.
Knitty Gritty - knitting for the absolute beginner has proved to be a best-selling and well used knitting book by thousands of knitters. It's done so well in fact that Aneeta has been commissioned by A&C Black to knit and write a sequel which will be out in August 2012.
On a non-knitting note, Aneeta can often be seen riding her bicycle around London; she also took part in a 242 mile charity bike ride in India in Feb 2008. For more info www.justgiving.com/aneetapatel
Photo (C) Patrick Field 2005
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