How Knititation helped me to a new life - The Evesham Observer

How Knititation helped me to a new life

Evesham Editorial 3rd May, 2019   0

AN AWARD-WINNING food writer will drop by a popular Evesham tea and gift shop to share how a love of knitting rescued him from ‘the darkest black your mind can get’.

James McIntosh will meet shoppers at JellyPickleJam Vintage Tea and Gift Shop in Vine Mews tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm.

The writer will share his story of presenting Food TV in China to audiences of 100 million viewers a week and being the global ambassador for AGA cookers until one day it just got too much.

He was confined to his bed for a year suffering from a depressive episode with anxiety, panic attacks and fear all combined.




Through this, James taught himself to knit and found hand-knitting helped him to recover.

Together with his partner Dr Thomas A Ernst FRCP, they produced a concept called Knititation – hand-knitting as a mindful practise and together with 30 gender-neutral contemporary knits and 35 recipes to nibble while knitting.


“After having suffered a depressive episode, knitting has added colour back into my life, and to win such a prestigious award as the Gourmand World Cookbook Award, and then raise such a large sum through Kickstarter to publish the book ‘Knit and Nibble’, is a blessing.

“It proves in the growing markets of knitting and mindfulness there is demand in the market for true innovation.”

Places are limited and are bookable in advance at £10 per person.

Call 07939 346623 or e-mail [email protected] for more.

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