We met Andrew and Andrea Doig at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival a couple of years ago. We were glad to say hi, even as they were working like fiends to grab interviews during that busy event.
They’re absolutely central to the wide world of knitting—their video podcast, Fruity Knitting, now numbers 108 episodes created during the past four years, featuring all sorts of amazing knitters, designers, and yarn makers.
This week, we were stunned at the news that Andrew and Andrea are facing a tremendous challenge: Andrew has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Their brave, inspiring announcement is here.
As anyone who has faced a health crisis knows, the financial side of the situation can be a huge source of stress. So we’re encouraging everyone who loves knitting, who is a fan of Fruity Knitting, to take a moment, if you can, to send along support to get them through this devastating time.
They work full time on Fruity Knitting. It’s not a side gig for them, so the coming weeks of treatment mean no time to produce new episodes. Which is a source of stress on top of everything else they’re facing.
Their wish is that we’ll all focus on their many, many episodes of Fruity Knitting. Here’s a place to start: Cecelia Campochiaro getting her marl on.
We’re looking at this as a moment to celebrate a pair who have brought us so much joy. We have seen over and over how the knitting world rises to the occasion, so we know that knitters are going to be there for Andrew and Andrea.
Ann and Kay
PS Up top: Andrew and Andrea atop Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, achieving their first bit of Extreme Knitting from Episode 1 of Fruity Knitting.