Exclusive interview: S&B London meets The Beano’s Derek the Sheep
Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 7, 2009
Derek is a sheep but he’s not just any sheep. Derek is a sheep who is so flippin’ marvellous he’s got his very own comic strip in The Beano.
In an exclusive interview we caught up with Derek to ask him about knitting, the sneaky stealing of wool from his fellow herd members and his plans for yarnstorming revenge on Rodney the Bull…
Sooooo Derek. You recently joined S&B London. What prompted you to join the public knitting masses?
Wotcha! I decided to start knitting as I was getting fed up with my wool looking all white and fluffy and boring and reckoned it was time I stood out from the flock and moved into designer woolly wear. I drew up patterns that made me look handsome and beautiful and popped along to S&B to see if I could learn to make my dreams a reality. And I have. Sort of.
I generally shave my friends when they sleep and pop it in a bag. I’ve actually collected many varieties of farm hair, from cows, to pigs (we have some very hairy pigs) to chickens. Nothing knits better than good old fashioned sheep wool though. Especially from my mortal enemy Big Baz, a really fat sheep. I’ve got four dustbin bags of his wool cos he’s so fat. Result! I might get a black eye for my troubles, but it’s worth it for the yarn!
They love and admire me anyway, but I get many wonderful comments about my duck hat. I’ve had five orders for duck hats for Christmas, but due to my many appearances at celebrity events around the country (I switched on the Christmas lights at Bob’s Burger van in Romford for example) I’m unlikely to be bothered to make them. Next.
What’s been your proudest knit so far?
I could, but then I’d have to kill you. All though it might involve girly flowers around Rodney the Bull’s horns, but you didn’t hear that from me.
Um yep. The Woolly Jumper!! What? What’s wrong with that? It’s fantastic! Cecil the Bee is Buzz Lightyear, but that makes no sense. Where’s the knitting pun? He can’t even knit, the fool.
I’m trying out my new pattern – a woolly cowpat! It’s quite lifelike and the recipient will have a big smile on her face when she sees it. I think.