Time and time again, there seems to be a recurring theme with the questions that non-knitters ask you. In a way, it’s nice they’ve tried to show interest, but in many other ways it just makes things worse…
1. “Won’t you hurt yourself with those big needles?”
No. No we won’t. Coming from someone who inherited the clumsy gene from both sides of the family, I can confirm that even the most accident-prone knitters do not sustain any form of eye-loss or impalement. Nor have I ever heard of another knitter causing pain to an unsuspecting spectator or passer by.
Stay back: these ladies are loaded
2. “Ooh, you should start your own business doing this!”
No. No we shouldn’t. Not unless we’ve found some very clever way of dissuading Primark (or Target for Americans reading) buyers to part with something closer to £100 rather than £10. Getting people to pay for hours spent on something handcrafted is a dying concept that many do not understand.
“Yes, but you love it. You do it for the pleasure, the money is a bonus.”
Certainly, if it was a hobby. No one would dream of asking you to do a free spreadsheet in your spare time for the pure thrill.
3. “Could you knit, like, a jumper?”
This one is baffling, and yet is one of the questions we’re asked the most. You really can knit anything if you put your mind to it…
What have people asked you?
After several attempts – due to editing the pattern for our family’s infamous tiny head – the hat has been knitted!
If you like what you see, the pattern is available on Ravelry.
You might notice that this one is slightly different from the picture on the pattern. This is because – again, partly due to our family’s tiny head – my mum prefers the Cloche style as it’s more 20s.
Although there are some bits on this pattern that take a moment’s pause and hand miming before you actually pick up your work so as not to get it wrong, it’s largely quite simple to follow. There’s a little bit of maths involved, but nothing I couldn’t do, so that means most will be comfortable with it!
Similar hat patterns can also be found on Ravelry, so have a good browse before you start.
So I recently bought this book…
Best in show by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne
…And loved it!
There are some really cute patterns in there for the most commonly owned breeds of dogs, which makes it an ideal handbook for knitting a dog-lover a gift or two.
As it happens, this is exactly why I bought it. I knitted this one:
Good bits: not very time consuming to make
Good bits: simple patterns
Good bits: very clearly explained
Bad bits: a lot of faff to knit some small areas that would be easier just sewn on, e.g. the eyebrows were a bit of a mission.
Get results of poochy-perfection with this very clear guide, it’s a fantastic knit project.
This one’s for Grandma. Due to her condition, she can’t have the heating on but still needs to keep warm. I knitted this for her neck to keep her nice and cosy.
She loves – if you hadn’t already guessed – daisies and butterflies. So I went to town on the decorations…
Awful pun titles aside, Knitted Meerkats is a great book.
They’re the perfect thing if you want to make something small. In this instance, it was for my Grandma, who loves the adverts.
Once you’ve mastered the basic meerkat body (never thought I’d write that?!), the clothes are easy to make and take very little time to do. There’s a whole family of different type of meerkat, so potentially there’s a lot of knitting to be done – there are even children meerkats .
Seeing as Grandma already has a meerkat that’s dressed as a groom, I knitted her the bride…
Most knitters enjoy the actual process as well as the final result. These are some of my favourite finds where knitters have made things for the pure joy of the craft as well as the final result. – Are they functional? Not really… – But do they bring a smile to everyone’s face? Definitely. For the real knitting lover, the enjoyment is enough.
Some of these were also made for exhibitions. This is great because it demonstrates how knitting isn’t only functional, but is also a form of art.
Artist, Crystal Budd’s knitted laptop
Susan Penny’s book, Knitted Cakes, well worth buying
Best design of the week from Ping Map, Tokyo 2008
Student’s eco design from The Knitted Shields
Crocheted sardines from best-post.com
A tiny Amigurumi hoover from iknitty.com
Rubbish bin from the collection Knitted Lives
I know it’s Spring, but I still want to have something around my neck – just for the shady bits when the sun goes behind a cloud.
So here are a few scarves that I LOVE.
Keep an eye out for some inspired tutorials!