Mr Marmalade bought me this book last year for a Valentines present. Do you think he knew that it was about knitting?
So after completely losing the will to crochet, despite all your lovely and helpful suggestions and a private lesson from Lorna - thankyou! I thought i'd stop procrastinating and get this book off the shelf and try my hand at knitting instead. I did knitting classes at one of the many schools I went to - it seems amazing that we had dedicated knitting teachers in schools once upon a time! Mine was called Mrs Long, she was very stern indeed and we were all terrified of her but some girls still insisted on being cheeky, and calling her "Mrs Short" under their breath. She always heard as she had radar ears which were particularly tuned into "morse code" (tapping needles on the desk), and these brave girls were always quickly admonished with a few lashings from Mrs Long's razor sharp tongue. Perhaps she was a domiknitrix! Certainly that's what I intend to be one day - when I've read this book.
And so as soon as I got the hang of casting on, the rest came quite easy as I remembered the form from my old schooldays.
I haven't got past squares at the moment, mostly because I need to get some proper yarn and correct sized needles for this pointy hat pattern, which seems to be the easiest in the book...
This hat with horns, is my favourite hat in the book, but it is listed as a more 'advanced' pattern.
I love all the patterns in the book ...
A little red riding hoodie, this is my favourite
The shape of this jumper, but not the bow.
The ultimate!!! I might have this coat by the time i'm 90, if I live that long!
But first - before a post payday splurge on decent needles and yarn, I will get some cotton yarn and knit myself some flannels as described on this blog and this one too. I like the sound of these, and they let you practice your knitting while making something ridiculously simple and useful.
I know there are some other bloggers out there who have recently taken up the needles, and to you, I give these links, which provided no end of help for me..
Learn to Knit in the UK
Learn to Knit.com