Birmingham woman 'knits for Susan Boyle'

Birmingham woman 'knits for Susan Boyle'

A woman from Birmingham has relayed the surprising moment she was asked to knit for Susan Boyle.

Barbara Jones is a seamstress and a dab hand with sewing and knitting needles, but she's certainly not used to making garments for celebrities.

However, when film crews arrived in Broadway to shoot an all-star new movie they came to her with an unusual question.

She told the Evesham Journal that her morning took an unexpected turn when film crew members arrived at her door to ask her to knit half a red mitten for Susan Boyle.

Susan stars in her first movie, a period drama called The Christmas Cracker, which required her character to be knitting a mitten, something they had not prepared.

The Britain's Got Talent star didn’t have time to knit the garment, although it's not known whether she's a dab hand with yarn or not.

So, Mrs Jones, who is a professional seamstress in the town, was eventually tracked down and given the unusual request from production staff.

She told the newspaper: "The man produced a ball of red wool out of his pocket and asked if I could knit half a red mitten.

"He said it had to be done with metal needles because it was a period film and that he needed it finished by 1pm that day."

Not one to shirk a challenge, Mrs Jones finished just in time and dashed off to the Crown and Trumpet pub to give the mittens to crew members.

"He asked me how much and I said that I normally worked for about £6 an hour, so £12, but he put £30 into my hand," she said.

"It's not what I was expecting when I went into town that morning. I want to see the film when it comes out now so that I can see Susan Boyle pretending to knit my half a mitten," Mrs Jones joked.

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