‘Knitting??’ I hear you cry, ‘isn’t that a bit old-fashioned, and, dare I say it, uncool?’
Well, ‘old-fashioned’ is probably correct: the technique of knitting is thought to be over 1000 years old. As for being uncool, although admittedly it always used to be something your granny did, knitting has enjoyed a renaissance in crafty circles (and even the kids are doing it these days). Sites like Craftster and Ravelry have popularised a kind of open-source, sharing, friendly knitting community who create, swap and modify patterns, and offer help and advice. The creation of ‘Stitch’n’Bitch‘ groups in the USA is likely to have helped too, and indeed my favourite London-based knitting group is having to ‘rehatch‘ in order to cope with demand!
Anyways, I thought as part of that whole getting organised thing that I should start trying to knit now, instead of leaving it until the autumn then panicking. So I grabbed several of my craft books (I have a lot of them), read through the instructions for knitting in all of them, grabbed my needles and wool, cast on wonkily, managed to knit about ten rows and then did some surprisingly neat binding off. Apparently beginners have a tendency to gain stitches as they knit, and even though I dropped a couple of stitches along the way, I somehow managed to gain three stitches by the time I’d finished! I’m pretty impressed with my first attempt, and it can’t be too far from this to the tiny bobble hat I’m aspiring to, can it?
I’d be interested to hear if you knit, or want to knit, or used to knit. Any advice will be gratefully received!