I picked up a knitting mystery book by Maggie Sefton Knit One, Purl One. There are 14 books in the series, the latest one was publised 2017. The stories are light reading, perfect to read and knit, or when it gets too hot to knit just read. 😎 At the end of each story is knitting patterns and recipies of things which were part of the story.
In this book there are 2 patterns Kelly's First Scarf and Lambspun's Whodunnit Shell (A shell is a short sleeveless top, which is a simple shape with a high neckline) and 1 recipe Maggie's Cinnamon Rolls. Kelly is the main character who is learning to knit so these 2 patterns are easy knits on chunky yarn.
For a bit of fun I have decided to set myself the challenge of knitting every pattern and make every recipie in the book before I move onto the next book.
Friday, 23 June 2017
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Why do I knit? Why do I always seem to have a pair of needles in my hand? Spend my hard earn cash on yarn? Umm well let’s start at the beginning. My mum believed you should have a go at lots of things. Sitting around doing nothing was not an option, and watching the TV was limited. I learnt to knit, crochet, sew, embroidery, French knitting the list goes on. I have continued to dip in and out of each handicraft activity depending on my mood ever since. The only one I never liked is embroidery, although I do like cross-stitch.
So why have I ended up doing knitting more than any of the other crafts?
1. I can't sit still doing nothing: Basically I need to be doing something but that does not answer why knitting.
2. It is portable: Ok when you get to the end of a jumper or shawl you can't really pop it into a bag, but a sock, hat or scarf goes nicely in to a bag. I confess I always have some knitting in my bag. This really started when I was in Spain. Queues are an everyday way of life; if you need to do an official paperwork expect at least an hour wait, possible 2 hours! You can even knit standing up!
3. Different projects: I have at least 3 projects on the go at the same time, i) bag knitting ii) watch TV knitting iii) It's hard, I have to concentrate knitting. This means I never get bored, and during the day I use my brain but also do some fun knitting.
4. You never stop learning: In knitting there are 2 basic stitches knit and purl. What you do with them is the fun part. There is always a new skill to be learnt, books to be read and things to try and do.
5. You handle lovely, soft, amazing yarns: Its an excuse to go and find and use unusual yarns...Yak, camel, milk fibre, tree pulp the list goes on.
6. I enjoy teaching: I could teach any craft it just I have gone down the road of teaching knitting. I love it when somebody is so pleased with what they have done.
7. I need to use my brain: One of my projects is either using a complicated pattern, or one where I have to change something, and work out new measurements.
8. I can make things that fit me and they are the colour I want: Bought jumpers/cardigans are too long in the sleeve and too big from my shoulders. Things I knit fit me so I enjoy wearing them. Also since I have done Colour Me Beautifully I am really picky about the colours I wear so by knitting the item I can find the exact colour I want.
9. You meet lots of interesting people: Craft fairs, knit and natters, knitters are a friendly bunch. Invariably I have my knitting out and people stop and talk.
10. Lastly I am earning money doing something I love doing: I need to do something to earn money while I take care of my mother so why not do something I love.
So that is why I always have a pair of knitting needles in my hands.
|Knitting on a cruise around Norway|