Back to Knitting

I’ve been a bit too busy to write much here these last few days. We had a family get-together yesterday and celebrated our granddaughter’s third birthday and tomorrow there is yet another gathering and we’ll be meeting the newest addition to the family – Darcy, our great niece!

I got my knitting needles out after a gap of many years and have made her this pink bolero. My knitting is a bit rusty now, but this has inspired me to search out some new patterns and do more knitting.  Things have changed since I used to knit and I had great difficulty finding a woolshop – around here I could only find one stall at our local underground market and that only has a limited stock. Online suppliers weren’t much use as I only had a few days to knit something before tomorrow, so it had to be local. I found another source – at the back of an arts and crafts shop. Years ago every town and village had its own woolshop – a sign of the changing times I suppose.

7 thoughts on “Back to Knitting

  1. What a delightful bolero. You are very good with your needles. Waou! The raglan sleeves and the border… masterful! There has been a revival of knitting in the USA and you cannot go anywhere without admiring the wool skins in very yummy colors. My favorite ones are the yarns that are varigated. When you knit with them they form a pattern. They are very popular to make pretty socks. I have had no courage to tackle that project yet but admire them for afar. (Kaffe Fassett has a line with Regia Yarns called Mirage and Landscape that is fun, then Berroco socks yarn make very unusual colors and patterns http://www.berroco.com/previews/sox_pv.html)
    Happy knitting and baby holding to you.

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  2. Goodness, that’s pretty – it doesn’t look to me as though you are rusty! Wool shops do seem to be a thing of the past, don’t they – do you remember how they used to have shelf full of part bags, so that you could buy just a couple of balls out of “yours” at a time? A sort of never-never plan for sweaters.

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  3. Roxane, thanks, the border is easier than it looks. I like the variegated yarns – easier than fair isle, which I have knitted years ago now. Thanks for the link.
    Geraniumcat – I feel rusty, it’s not easy to get my knitting even! I do remember that time when you could order your wool and buy a few balls at a time to spread the cost and the choice of wool and patterns was enormous. I spent many happy hours choosing!

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  4. Wow–if that’s rusty–I’m impressed! I think I am more drawn to needlework at this time of year for some reason. Too dark and cold to spend time outside!

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  5. Wow, I am seriously impressed. I can do straight up and down knitting, but anything with twiddly bits like this is way out of my comfort zone. I do sympathise over the wool issue, though. My mother was a great knitter and even in her later years when her eyesight was diminishing rapidly she would crochet baby blankets in thick wool because she could do it pretty much by touch. However, finding wool for her became increasingly difficult. My major sources were shops run by Asian families. I don’t know if there is a knitting tradition in the sub-continent, but they never let me down when I was looking for wool for Mom.

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  6. This is beautiful! I always have a hard time trying to decide whether to knit or read when I have a few moments of spare time. Lately, the knitting has won out as I’m trying to finish up some Christmas presents.

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