Comfort Crafts

The Principles of KnittingNights are longer, mornings are colder and rugby’s back on the telly. Yes, it’s autumn – the season I reach for the knitting needles and attempt to achieve something constructive while watching Tom Taylor kick up a storm for the Crusaders.

Every year I pick some crazy project to brighten up the cold months. I’m not a skilled knitter. Sadly, I lack the concentration to create a Fair Isle masterpiece and my tension is variable to put it mildly. I once knitted my husband a jersey that had one short arm and one very long one.  He did try to wear it, bless him, but the comments he got were so derogatory it ended up as the dog’s favourite cuddly. However, given all this, I still love knitting. There’s something about the warmth of wool, the fallen leaf colours of the skein and the quiet repetition of the task that attracts me time and time again.  I pick simple projects and do a lot of them. In 2010 I made a dozen scarves, last year I filled the couches with cushion covers and this year I’ve discovered mittens.

I haven’t got the hang of circular needles yet, and I know the thumbs are going to be a bit of a challenge but I should be a master by the time spring rolls round again. What’s more I’ll have lots of funky presents to give my nieces and nephews as they hit the ski slopes. Knitting – it’s a great way to warm up winter.

Fun is … unravelling!

Cover of Knitty GrittyFor years it seemed to me that my nan sat in front of the television watching countless episodes of Coronation Street knitting what seemed like never-ending, but progressively larger versions of the same bottle green sweater for her 10 grandchilden who all attended the same local schools.

Typically, as she and my other grandma both kept us well provided with woollen garments, I never felt the need to learn.  Not saying she didn’t try but I wasn’t exactly a willing pupil!

My New Year’s resolution in 2011 was finding pastimes to keep me occupied and away from the television.  Well, I was still in the same room as the TV, but certainly couldn’t concentrate on viewing whilst getting to grips with a new interest.  A variety of short-burst ‘enthusiasms’ ensued and then a colleague suggested I try my hand at knitting.

I thought I would start with a scarf – mistakes occurred but the end result was snaffled by my  niece so I consoled myself that it obviously wasn’t too shabby an effort. Confidence at high levels I then attempted a sweater…  thank goodness for literature that explains how to correct mistakes.  My new hobby appears to be UNRAVELLING on a major scale.  The hours of fun I have had!!

Fortunately I have located both library books and magazines devoted to knitting  on the subject to assist me through this steep learning curve.  I have also discovered some interesting links in the library’s handicrafts page.

What New Year’s resolutions do you propose making in 2012?