Knitting (and crochet), is a craft often passed down from mother-to-child and so I am always curious how a skill like knitting is so dependent upon the individual for the process of the knit itself. I wanted to share with you how I came into knitting and why you should find your own knitting style.
Having a large family my mother would spend her evenings knitting yet another cardigan or jumper for one of us. Watching her I was always amazed how the ball of wool would 'magically' turn into something beautiful. At first I had no interest in learning to knit, my pleasure came from watching; it looked far too difficult for me to do. As I got a bit older and braver I asked my mum if she could teach me how to knit. At first I was constantly dropping stiches or gaining them. It took forever to complete one line and seemed very unlikely that I would ever be able to knit like my mum.
Perseverance and my mum's encouragement eventually paid off. To my amazement I could knit a whole blanket square with each row starting and ending with the same number of stitches. Eureka!
Out of the comfort zone
Since those early days I have gone on to knit many items, in particular all the lovely baby knits for my children, nieces and nephews as they came along. As my own children were growing I became more adventurous with my knits, trying different wools and patterns. I made many mistakes but isn't that how we learn?
Family life put a stop to my knitting for some years, there always seemed to be something else that needed doing or somewhere I had to go. Now that my children are grown up and fled the nest, one advantage is having time to do the things I enjoy best. I love knitting for my grandchildren just as much as I did for my own children.
Selfish Knitter or Gifter Knitter?
I find knitting very relaxing and get great pleasure from it. I would happily knit for England given the time, just as long as I do not have to knit something for myself. Having tried many times but never completing an item I long ago decided knitting for me, is not for me.
It's all in the hands
Have you ever watched someone knitting and thought 'don't they hold their needles funny'? I have and it started with my mum. I think one of the reasons it took me a while to get the hang of knitting was because I was trying to hold the needles like she did. I couldn't do it the same way so eventually I found a way that felt comfortable to me and that is what matters. It works for me.
When it comes to choosing wool it has to feel right. From 4ply to chunky I really do not mind. There are some wools I cannot touch, they are what I term 'furry wools'. We are all individuals what suits one will not suit another.
Knit to your lifestyle
One of the things I like about knitting is you can put it down after a row or two or equally, if the mood takes you, spend a whole evening merrily knitting away. Speed is not essential; again we are all different and should adapt to our own style. Sometimes if I am working on a big project I will knit a bit faster because I am always looking forward to starting the next project.
Knitting style is personal
Overall I believe we should only knit to please ourselves, knitting is a pleasurable pastime that should always be enjoyable. This may be by making something wonderful for yourself or to give as a gift to someone you care about.
Now to announce the competition winner for a skein of yarn from this month's box:
Congratulations Angela Bolton. We will be in touch to send out your skein of this month's yarn.
Thank you to everyone for entering and we will be running another competition in two weeks' time on the newsletter.
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