Where is your Nan when you need her most?
Unfortunately, my lovely Nan passed away many years ago, but I remember her voice, laughter and cuddles like she was here only yesterday.
She taught me so much; how to be patient, how to cook, how to grow a few things in the garden, how to enjoy your own company and how to knit, amongst others.
Most of the important stuff has remained lodged in my head but the knitting thing has been sadly lost with the passage of time. Well, I say lost, it’s not completely gone, I remembered a few of the basics and felt sure it would all come flooding back if I could just find a prompt.
…and find a prompt I did!
Enter stage left, KnittingHelp.com, which is exactly what it says on the tin.
It’s a wonderful American website and they’ve a great selection of ‘how to’ videos that take you through casting on, knit, purl and more, with the English versions and continental and American versions too; I had no idea there were so many variations.
It’s got me hooked again and the needles have been clacking away this afternoon. Knitting is not only a relaxing pursuit but also a great way of make fabulously funky and unique clothes on a budget!
I’m not planning on producing anything special, just a few Doctor Who scarves for the family and unsuspecting friends, but I’m really enjoying making them and I’ve sourced the wool from the local charity shops so they’ll have cost next to nothing! They also have a great selection of knitting needles and patterns if you’re clever enough to follow them (which I’m not), but my dear chum Helen offered to give me a hand with a few stitches and techniques, so we’re planning a knitting night sometime soon.
Don’t panic dear reader; I’m not turning into a bore. We’ll undoubtedly intersperse our impressive lines of woven wool with salacious gossip about her up the road, him down the hill and we’ll probably find the bottom of a bottle of chilled white and a bag of naughty nibbles.
Girlie nights in are wicked fun. Organise one soon and take your crafty head with you.