So as of late I have rekindled my skills and knitting needles for knitting and crocheting. Yes we all know that it sounds like I am 72, sitting in a rocker with a brightly coloured crocheted blanket over my lap....but these skills are becoming more and more trendy now and there are some very cool patterns out there. I prefer to tackle small things for teeny tiny people (babies) as I know I am more likely to finish the item if I see the end in sight. The last time I tried to knit something for myself ended up being for a little sister who was 7 years younger me! It took me that long!
So here is a peek at the type of things I have been crocheting and knitting lately!
What inspired me to start up my woolly craft, was the need for woollen clothing for wee babes in our community not to mention my own wee blessing due in the vicinity of 7-9 weeks (I don't like due dates). So apart from knitting a cardigan and booties for this blessing that is currently having a party inside me, most other items are being tucked away for whenever they may be needed. I am getting quite a collection. I only wish I was faster at it either that or I had more time to sit and knit. But I am not and I don't so I have to make the most of a spare 5-10 mins where I can flick through 5-10 rows at a time. They soon add up!
If you are keen then I encourage you to pick up some needles. Better yet pick some up from the local op shop, they are way cheaper than buying them new. I usually pay between .50c to $2. Which it doesn't make it that much of a disaster when your 20month old feeds them through the gaps in the deck or uses them for drum sticks and consequently snaps the ends off them. Its all good if you have only paid .50c for them!
Also the world of YouTube and Google can be a wanna-be knitter or crocheters best friend. You can find out and be shown how to do almost any stitch you come across right there. Its like having your very own knitting tutor right beside you! You just type in the stitch name or even just the abbreviation and PRESTO you have a demo!
There are a heap of free knitting patterns to be found on line as well or if you browse sites such as Etsy and Craftsy you will find thousands of patterns usually for a small fee of a couple of dollars. You pay by credit card and you can instantly download the pattern on to your computer. Really its just so easy and doesn't leave you with a whole lot of excuses for you not to be able to have a go. Its really just up to you!
Go on, have a go!!!