I first learned to knit, (the extreme basics) when I was about 10. I think my mother taught me. From her I learned how to cast on and off and purl a stitch. Truthfully, all I could knit were scarves, which I was able to do without dropping a stitch. Fast forward more years than I care to count and I’ve decided to pick up needles again; this time with the aim of producing more than just a scarf. I want to learn how to read patterns, gauge wool, and take on more complicated stitches. Basically, I want to learn how to knit like my nan, who was quite the whizz with the needles in her youth. Since her early 70s though, arthritis has prevented her from continuing her life-long hobby.
I first invested in needles and yarn from Tiger, but sadly, the needles bent rather quickly under my heavy handed technique and the yarn frayed and broke far too easily. Luckily, I discovered Creations, a knitting shop very close to Turnham Green Station, which offers an array of good quality yarn and needles of varying thicknesses for a decent price.
I started practising a few months ago. As you can see from the pictures, I still have some ways to go. I keep adding stitches (don’t ask me how!), which messes up my attempt so need to be careful about that. I put my needles down for a few months after my thumbs and forefingers became a bit too sore for me to continue.
During December, I went with my sister to watch The Force Awakens (I’m a huge Star Wars fan) and whilst coming up the escalator at South Kensington Station, I saw an advert for Wool and the Gang. Their adverts, by the way, are brilliant, and as I had a few minutes to spare, I popped into the shop, located within the station.
I did not have time to make a purchase there and then, but their website provides keen beginners with concise videos that make knitting seem really simple. They have covered everything, even how to read charts – something I couldn’t do before. Having watched a series of them, I’m determined to actually knit something before the end of January. I will probably start with a simple scarf and dedicate a few hours a day for the next two weeks. Once I feel comfortable, I will purchase yarn and needles from Wool and the Gang to tackle a beanie, something more challenging for me.