This autumn I learned to knit, and I couldn’t have picked a better winter to knit through! My first creation was a lurid stripy scarf in garter stitch which I won’t terrify you with even though I still get a glow of pride when I look at the damn thing – and since then I’ve been knitting full tilt. Many dodgily knitted and questionably coloured items of cold weather wear later, I think I may have finally got the hang of it.
What I mean by that is that I am capable of following a pattern – I’m still quite messy but since I finished my first successful hat (and have worn it with childish pride ever since) I have to admit I’m quite obsessed.
Coming from a family of demon knitters – my mum always had a pair of needles in her hand and my sister in law can knit an aran sweater without a pattern – I’ve always been in awe of those with the mysterious power to create using only sticks and wool. My childish efforts would result in saggy not-quite-squares riddled with ladders and holes, which would be quietly put away and never mentioned again.
But just look at me now; I do a mean 2×2 rib and recently discovered circular knitting – oh the joy of not having to bother with seams! I’ve made a couple of hats as gifts and will now have to make one more since R lost the one I made for him and started nagging for another (ok that’s not strictly true – I jumped at the chance)
So what’s this I’m making now? I promised fellow knitter Holly of Earth To Holly fame that I’d show my current project if she showed hers, so here it is, a slouchy hat on circular needles made from my first posh yarn – alpaca! I’ve only just started, but I promise you’ll see it when it’s done. It’s a gift that I promised someone ages ago so I just hope I get the thing finished before spring comes.