I am not sure if I have mentioned this previously but one of my goals for this year is to try out a new craft each month. There are so many things that I would like to do and never seem to have the time. I figure if I just try out one thing at a time it will be easier. A month seems a decent amount of time to give something a go. Also short enough that if I really hate something it will soon be over and done with!
Who knows I may be totally hopeless at some things but may just find a hidden talent.
So, January is knitting. I am a novice. I knitted a square to earn my Brownie knitting badge that was about 45 years ago. I have tried several times since then but just can't really get the hang of it. My Mum was a good knitter and was never without her knitting when I was a child. I can still remember the sound of those needles clicking away at great speed. She passed her skills on to my sister who is a beautiful knitter although she no longer does it very often.
When I knitted that square for brownies I remember that I couldn't get the hang of holding the needles. I still can't. My technique is to have the right needle sort of propped vertically in my lap and then I knit round it with the left needle. The right needle does not move!
Anyway, I decided to start with the basics. A knitted square of plain stitches. I found a website that said 40 stitches knitted on 4.5mm needles would give me an 8 inch square. That seemed a good size. I had the needles and some scrap wool in blue that someone gave me ages ago. I had to find a tutorial to remind me how to cast on. It took me forever!
Once the stitches were cast on, I got knitting and I did remember how to do that basic knit stitch. I have since learnt this is called garter stitch.
I knitted around 80 rows to get it to 8 inches. I'm not exactly sure as I lost count. It took me about 4 hours.
I ended up with 41 stitches and one small hole so not sure what happened there! Do you see it?
This is the finished square. I am quite pleased with this first attempt. All I need to do now is to knit about another 50 and I'll have a doggie blanket! LOL.
This evening I am going to do another one. I want to see if I can do one without a hole and keep the correct number of stitches.
A fellow Etsian who is on the Craft Britannia team is sending me some of her wool and a pattern that she has designed for simple fingerless mittens. She needs a tester to see how easy her instructions are to follow. She will be on hand if I get stuck. I am really looking forward to giving it a go.
I shall be doing updates throughout the month to let you know how I am progressing.