Its all about knitting . . .
I dedicate this post to my cousin Bets, as it's her inspiration with knitting that got me started again!!
I learnt to knit many years ago but never really got into it. My mum use to be an avid knitter, she knitted everywhere and I mean everywhere. I never wore a shop bought jumper or cardigan as she made everything we wore. She didn't make ordinary jumpers, she could do the fancy patterns and produce beautiful pieces. After her stoke she had limited hand movement and stopped knitting, but since moving into the nursing home she has started up again. Nothing fancy, squares to make a rug . . . as knitting is very good for your hands, it makes them move and the elderly are encouraged to knit, even those with dementia.
I am many years from reaching old age (!!) and nursing homes, but I thought I really ought to polish my knitting skills and as you can see in these photos, I have started my first square (in garter stitch). It might take me until I am 80 to finish the rug, but that's ok - I am in no hurry. And by then, I will need a rug for my knees.
When I visited my local news agency on the weekend I discovered there is a new knitting magazine (weekly) called "Knit & Stitch" which I thought I would subscribe too. Just looking at the first magazine (which came with 2 balls of wool and needles) I think it will be very useful and hopefully I will be able to learn many new stitches/patterns. The magazine covers both knitting and crocheting (and a range of other crafts as well). I would love to be able to knit for my grandchildren one day (I don't have any yet, which is probably good as I need some more time to practice) and this is a good way to start.
Unlike my mother, I am yet to master the ability to read and knit at the same time (the book won't lie flat), but I can knit and watch TV at the same time. I think I just need to find books that sit nice and flat (and no, please don't suggest a kindle which I know would be perfect for any knitter!!!).
Are you a knitter? What do you like to knit?
Don't expect an update on my knitting for some times, perhaps in a few years!!! By then I might have finished a few squares!!