I’ve been knitting since I was little. I think my first knitting project was a garter stitch frog in the first year juniors which was a dark green octagon with felt features. I also got my knitting badge in Guides, but my impatience meant that I got bored with projects quickly. A jumper took me about 5 years and I hardly wore it. I moved onto sewing as the fabric was already there and just needed sewing together.
Since then, I’ve knitted various little projects like toys and egg cosies which are finished quickly. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, a period of enforced rest gave me time to knit cardigans and jumpers for my baby to be. My journey through the Debbie Bliss patterns gave me some new stitches and techniques for my knitting CV.
Now my craftyguidelets are older, I’ve picked up the needles again. I’ve knitted a ruffle scarf after watching a demo on Create and Craft and picking up a ball of wool in Hobbycraft. A few tweets led me to Purls of Wisdom by Jenny Lord which was recommended to me as a book with small projects.
I chose to knit the lacy scarf as I’d never tried lacy knitting before.
It’s a simple pattern which is just 21 stitches across and every other row is a purl row. It was a bit tricky to start with as I kept losing track of which row I was on, but I soon learned to recognise the pattern. It grew really quickly and I now have a finished scarf.
I chose Rowan Cocoon in Seascape which is the same colour as in the book. Apart from the mohair shedding a bit, it’s a lovely wool to work with.
I can’t believe I’ve managed to achieve this so quickly! It’s really given me confidence to try other new things. On my list is a pair of mittens, socks, a hat and a gadget sock. But first is the Deramores snood knit along. It’s my first snood and my first knit along, and so far I’ve cast on. Watch this space!