Well friends, I've been twittering on about this on Twitter, but I can't remember mentioning it on this here blog...I've taken up knitting! I've been so inspired by you talented knitters out there , that I just had to give it a go. I am particularly holding the following culprits responsible for what I foresee becoming an expensive addiction:
- Liz of zilredloh stole my heart with her first ever vintage sweater. Liz also shares some breathtaking knitting inspiration on her blog, including free patterns and lovely vintage illustrations.
- My friend Kat of Krafty Kat has made the cutest, snuggest baby cardigans which she shared here and here. I need my friends to start having babies soon please!
- Ashley of Jellybean's Odds and Ends is so talented! I particularly love this intricate scarf and this cosy-looking hat.
- Karen of Did You Make That? recently blogged about her vintage-feel Debbie Bliss sweater and this divine snood and beret combo, which I so want!
I'd be thrilled if I ever got to knit as well as the ladies above, but I fear this will take some time!
My beginners' course is eight weekly lessons long at Leicester's gorgeous Knit One and tonight was my very first lesson. We learnt to cable cast-on and the garter stitch. We practised casting-on a couple of times and then practised our garter stitch. For homework we must knit up our little ball of yarn and then next week we will learn how to purl stitch. It's all so exciting!
We each got a goodie bag tonight too, containing some yarn, a tape measure, an issue of Debbie Bliss magazine (although upon close inspection I discovered it's from 2009...naughty!) and what I'm told are good quality knitting needles. All I know is that they are bamboo ones and feel really nice to hold!
The contents of my goodie bag
A close up of my imperfect, yet thoroughly satisfying to knit, garter stitch
Do you knit? If so, please feel free to post a link to the item you're most proud of in the comments below. I'd love to see what you've made!
I feel so geek-chic now that I knit...teehee!