Since my sister got me into knitting, I have become a bit obsessed. As I have said previously, it is the perfect meditation after a busy, stressful day at work, and since my knitting has improved with practice I am really enjoying trying out new techniques. My recent projects include my orange cowl, which is very lovely and soft, and was quite a time-consuming project. It is essentially a big rectangle, which you knit from the wide edge, so each row was over 200 stitches! At the beginning, it took me 15 minutes to knit a row, and by the end I was down to around 10 minutes.
For my last birthday, Lizzie got me the wool and pattern to knit my own pink cashmere bed socks, and they were my first introduction to cabling. When I look at them now I can see the unevenness as I struggled to find the right way to hold the wool, and keep the tension even (I knitted them before the cowl) but I am still proud of my first proper knitting project.
The wool for my cowl was so gorgeous I bought some in a different colour just on a whim, and then decided to make wrist-warmers with it, to keep my hands and wrists warm while I knit (how very circular). I have just finished them and am very pleased. Next project!
I have been doing lots of knitting recently. It is calming and meditative, a counterpoint to a busy day spent in front of a screen and piles of paper, speaking to people and reading and writing. I love the feeling of the wool in my hands, and watching progress being made (sometimes veeerrry slowly, sometimes surprisingly quickly!)
One recent project was a little hat for a newborn, which I will shortly send to my colleague who has just had a little baby boy. It has a bit of lace in it, which might be slightly ‘girly’, but I’m sure we don’t need to be so gender-prescriptive at this stage (or indeed at any stage).
The pattern is here: the story of a hat. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a lovely soft washable wool blend. I might scale it up and knit it for myself…
My sister Lizzie is a champion knitter (as is my mummy also.. see her posts here and here about her beautiful lacy knitting, some of which I was lucky enough to be the recipient of!) Lizzie is also very patient with my demands and commissions for various knitted items, the latest two being mug cosies and a hot water bottle cover. These are still in the design and manufacturing stages (I hope, unless she’s decided not to make them after all!) but I am already the proud possessor of a fantastic tea cosy.
She doesn’t have a blog, preferring to spend her time actually knitting (very sensible, I think), so I thought I would show off her superior knitting skills here. Below is a photo of the tea cosy in its proper milieu, on the breakfast table with my egg, which was ably prepared for me by Mr. Meg who suggested I point out what an ‘eggspert’ he has become with things like poached eggs. And he’s right- I wasn’t quick enough to photograph his poached eggs before they were in his belly, but they did look astoundingly tasty.
So, returning to knitting, Lizzie and I were very excited to spot some ‘guerrilla knitting’ in Munich. I had seen some before in the UK, but am very impressed that it’s such an international phenomenon. The cleverest one I’ve come across so far was in Bristol, where until recently there were painted gorillas scattered around the city as a public art project and then auctioned off to raise money for the Bristol Zoo. I spotted one of these sculptures wearing a knitted bikini, which would be what can only be described as ‘gorilla guerrilla knitting’. Brilliant. Sadly I had no camera with me, but I was better prepared this time.
Isn’t it wonderful? A bit of whimsy and random beauty on the street, for all to enjoy. And an excellent use of yarns which might not have such obvious everyday application, at least not in my wardrobe.
I think this one is a bit of guerrilla knitting and also guerrilla painting of some kind. As a not-terribly-great knitter who could perhaps contribute to this trend in some other medium, I was interested to see this approach.
So, keep your eyes peeled for random bits of knitting adorning objects in your city…