Well it was bound to happen at some point – a craft I haven’t managed to conquer in some way in a week to produce a finished item. I naively thought: knitting can’t be too hard, loads of people do it, including grannies. Surely I can learn how to do it in a week?
My desire to learn this very old craft (there are examples dating back to Roman times apparently) was enhanced by getting my mitts on a copy of the new, beautifully styled, Debbie Bliss book: The Knitter’s Year (out 3 September). The scarf on the front cover was enough to get me itching to get started. And there are lots more patterns inside to inspire from cushions to berets and socks to potholders.
I flicked through the book (organised by the four seasons) and picked out a couple that seemed doable for a beginner (the scarf will definitely have to wait). I decided the simple but pretty washcloth (spring) would be a good start. It’s simply garter and double-moss stitch (okay, I didn’t have the faintest idea what they were but they sounded innocuous enough).
I decided – in the absence of a granny – to find some youtube tutorials to help me out.
So I can now technically knit thanks to the videos. But I haven’t mastered switching between knit and purl yet which is kinda vital for the double-moss bit it seems – in hindsight this was not the best project for me to pick, the potholder looks much more straightforward.
I have unravelled and cast on again so many times I have literally lost count (but I am now great at casting on!) and I’ve lost rather a lot of patience too. But my aim is to make that beautiful scarf one day (and finish the washcloth) so watch this space.