It's official. What started as a passing interest has rapidly spiralled into a full scale addiction to knitting. I am completely obsessed. Obsessed I tell you. I never really got it before. I would see somebody getting all over-excited about a new type of yarn they had used, or a sock they had knitted, or some new pattern book, and I would think "really, who cares?". But then I had a proper knitting lesson (with this nice lady). And now I absolutely care. Almost too much to be allowed. I always joke that I was born old, but crossing the 30 year threshold seems to have catapulted me headlong into the world of all things granny. And I'm not going to lie to you; I love it.
The first thing I made was this cute little baby heartwarmer, just to practice my increases and decreases:
I half expected it to be a disaster, because to my untrained eyes the finished thing looked quite compicated, but it was joyfully easy peasy and the perfect starter project. I have since fallen down the cable rabbit hole - another thing that looks complicated but really isn't - and have been churning out lots of beautiful cowls/snoods (is there a difference?) to give as gifts over the past few months:
The golden one I made for myself, but the other two (and two others that I didn't get a chance to photograph) have already been rehomed. I saw one of my friends in town today and she was wearing hers, which made me so happy! And my brother-in-law's grey one (the chunky one on the right above) has already been pretty well used. I always worry that people will think "oh god, I wish she had just bought me something" when I give them handmade gifts, so to see them being genuinely used always feels amazing.
All the pattern details etc. can be found on my Ravelry page if you're interested. I want to try some socks next I think. And hats - with giant pompoms and colourwork. And baby clothes. And eventually grown-up clothes. Basically if you can knit it then I want to make it. But that will all have to wait until my deadlines are out of the way. Boo.
Don't worry, I still love stitching too, but knitting is lovely for when it is late at night and my eyes are tired. And it is also lovely to have something I can just do for fun without having to document the whole making process. It is nice to follow somebody else's patterns for a change and just get on with it.
Are any of you knitters too? I fear this won't be the last you hear of it from me. I still have some vouchers left for more craft lessons (a wonderful birthday present from my friends earlier in the year), so I am looking forward to trying out crochet too when I have time to get back down to London. Though knitting is going to be a tough act to follow. It had me at hello.