I’ve made it my mission to master the craft of knitting. Plenty of people have been raving to me about what a great stress-buster and creative outlet it is, and like the idea being able to make stuff whilst watching TV or sitting on the train – bit difficult to do that with a sewing machine. And it’s sustainable – make something from scratch, grow bored of it, unpick it, knit it into something new…
I’m not sure if I have the patience to create those elaborate project pieces women spend months working on – not when I’m used to running things up on the sewing machine in five minutes. But I quite fancy making lots of little trinkets like these, and stringing them around my room like bunting.
Knitting for a hobby is as cheap or expensive as you want it to be – you can splash out on luxury wools, or you could unpick old charity shop jumpers and re-knit them into fabulous new creations.
There’s heaps of knitting clubs out there too – most famously, the global phenomenon that is stich’n’bitch groups. We have one in Cardiff, but instead I’ve been going to a local club called yarn’n’yarn as the attendees are younger and the knitting they embark on less complicated! Have a look-out for different groups in your area as they might not all be to your tastes.
The first thing you’ll need to learn is how to cast-on, i.e. actually get the wool on to the damn needle. If you want to master the basics before joining a club, or just want to learn at home, there are some great tutorial videos on YouTube. I particulalry like this casting-on video, although the sound is a little odd at the beginning.
The user also has a good ‘basic stitch’ video:
Who knows, perfect the art and you could one day be creating statements like this:
(First photo from glittyknittykitty, shared under a creative commons licence. Second photo by Marianne Jørgensen.)