Shall we do a few Wit Knits today?

I think we should...
John Inman with a cockatoo...
"This is an ex-parrot..."
There's always one...
Players gonna play...
Jazz hands...
"Wotcha cock..."
Meet the parents...
Library matters...
Wit Knits is still available on Amazon if you fancy getting your needles out.

More old yarns another time...

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