why i started knitting
It all began when we visited friends and their new baby boy. The new mum showed us some gorgeous handknits that her mum had made for the baby. They were so unique and beautiful that my only thought was that I'd love to make things for my children. Shortly thereafter I became pregnant with my first. So after a failed attempt at knitting about a decade earlier, I came home from a craft store armed with a pattern book, some acrylic baby yarn and wooden straight needles. This is what I created:
Nearly four years later my yarn choices, skills and tension have improved greatly, but I still love my first basic, wonky, green jumper. Joseph got a lot of wear out of it, and my beautiful 9-month old girl is wearing it today.
Some of my favourite handknits since include:
I knit mostly small projects: baby and toddler clothing; accessories such as hats, mitts, and scarves; toys. I love to knit lace, but don't seem to have the time or energy lately. Most of what I knit is in DK weight, but I adore Malabrigo worsted (so hard to get here!) and have a growing collection of sock yarns waiting to be knit.
It's becoming winter, so I'm mostly knitting at the moment, but in my next post I'll tell you how and why I began sewing (and the subsequent acquisition of an ever-growing quilt fabric stash).