Monday, 30 July 2012


This weekend I decided to get a move on with one of my New Year's resolutions.  I decided it was time to...



I started on Saturday.  I have since learnt to cast on (thumb method - could not or the life of me fathom how to do it with both needles), how to knit and how to purl.  It's been fun, in a challenging, mildly  painful way.

As it turns out, I have a gift for knitting holes and stabbing my left index finger.

Also, purl is my default setting.  As soon as my concentration drifts even a teeny, tiny bit, I find myself slipping back into a row of purl.

It's been quite a learning curve, but I do finally feel that I *get* knitting.  I can see how it works, how the stitches go together.  It's so different from crochet, which although you can work in rows, is usually quite geometric. It feels like quite a breakthrough!  As you can see from the photos, my knitting is riddled with mistakes, but I think it's just a case of practice and concentration - I find the 'knit one, purl one' routine really challenging!

And what prompted this sudden burst of two-needle action?  Well, apart from the New Year's resolution, a secret envy of hand-knitted socks and a life ambition to make a fair isle jumper, these patterns will soon be in stock at The Hookery...

...and I really, really like both of them.  I'll be stocking the yarn too!


  1. just too much of a pun to suggest you'll get hooked - but, hey, I couldn't resist!