Monday, March 23, 2009

i want to knit

Knit hat, yarn, and knitting needles
Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth. Knitting consists of loops called stitches pulled through each other. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them.
Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. By hand, there are numerous styles and methods. Flat knitting, which can be done on two straight needles or a circular needle, produces a length of cloth, while circular knitting, which is done on circular or double-pointed needles, produces a seamless tube.
Different yarns and knitting needles may be used to achieve different end products by giving the final piece a different colour, texture, weight, or integrity. Using needles of varying sharpness and thickness as well as different varieties of yarn adds to the effect

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i have the need to knit.
I'm not sure why, but i am feeling quite grounded at the minute and i feel that knitting is something i can do anywhere. i don't need to pull out the sewing machine, i can just sit and knit. something that would be great to do over Easter and just here at home as well. i would love to knit and then teach Hugo as well ( not sure how john would feel about this !!!)
but i don't now where to start. my mum taught me to knit as a child but i never remember how to cast on or off and i can only plain or Perle stitch. maybe i go back to mum and ask her to start me off again. but how do i improve and what do i knit.
i am over squares or scarfs but of course it has to be something really easy. i saw this great magazine in borders today called vogue knitting and there was this great wrap which was classified as easy but I'm not sure........


Ann said...

I used to knit a lot. But when I went to Singapore, there was no need for warm clothing, so I stopped, But the skill is still there.

The other day, my 20 year old daughter decided to knit a scarf. I left her to knit for one month, and there was no progress.

One day, I looked at it, there were so many holes, and the tension was all different. She wasn't home, and I decided to help her, and started on the other end of the ball. Eventually in one evening, I managed to undo her knitted end.

She came home, and said," Mum, you are such a perfectionist, you undid what I took a month to do." Ungrateful girl.

Enjoy your knitting for your little ones.

Jo said...

Aaahh, I've been meaning to email you!! I was at Winterwood the other day and there was a brochure on the shelf for beginner knitters - I think it was a 4 or 6 week course - could be good for meeting other local beginner knitters too. I have another friend who is interested, and I think I would be too as I only have very basic skills. Anyway I will try to remember to grab a brochure on Wednesday when I'm down that way and scan it and email you : )

Until then, the basic instructions that I use can be found here

chat soon, Jo x

Tania said...

I reckon when all else fails, it's 11.30pm at night and your Mum hasn't a clue what knit effect you simply must achieve before bed, there's nothing like asking a stupid question on Google, UTube or Ravelry.

And thanks for stopping by and leaving very lovely comments. Be assured any knitting advice I have is heading your way - though beware - I'm on a heck of a steep learning curve myself!