The pleasures of knitting

I have recently got back in to my knitting after a few months of my knitting bag being shoved at the back of my wardrobe. This bag only re-surfaces when I have some spare time on my hands, and now it has again seen the light of day I am determined to put it to good use. I have already knitted myself as long winter scarf in white wool, and yesterday I knitted a long ‘ribbon’ which I can wear, tied in a bow, as a headband. I love knitting. Not only is it a great way of showing your creativeness, but you can make things to wear yourself and gifts for other people. For me, it is a way of relaxing and as (if you become proficient enough) you can knit without looking – you can watch the tv or take part in a lively debate without being too much otherwise engaged with your creative activities!

Knitting

My recent knitting - I'm still in the 'scarf' stage!

If you want to take up knitting (and I really do recommend it) you first of all need to either: find someone who can teach you how to knit or watch tutorials on the web such as:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9hv44QwQ-A&feature=related

Which will teach you how to cast on and start your first row, and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgwi3xgZzlk&feature=related

Which will teach you the ‘knit’ stitch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqqaIgvohcI

Will teach you how to ‘bind off’.

Needles can be bought from any knitting shop quite cheaply, or ask around family and friends to see if anyone has some they wouldn’t mind you borrowing. Grandparents are great for this kind of thing – as they have the time and the patience to teach you and often have their own supplies of wool and needles. The best thing to knit first is a scarf – nice and simple and you only need to know one stitch. Once you can do that, head down to a knitting shop to buy a pattern for something a little more challenging – a hat perhaps or maybe even some mittens!

The web is a great place to learn how to knit, and I particularly recommend YouTube and Videojug. The best places to buy cheap wool from are (you’d never of guessed) charity shops! They often have baskets where you can buy 2 or 3 balls of wool for a couple of pounds. Cash-and-carry’s and thrift shops also sometimes have wool for sale. Specialist knitting shops are great for buying particular types and weights of wool in certain colours, but are very expensive – so if you are a beginner buy cheap and experiment.

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