Doesn’t it seem like everyone is taking up knitting these days? It seems like all of my favorite sewing bloggers are either getting back into knitting, or learning to knit for the first time. I just recently started knitting again too, after a history of many stops and starts. I jumped back in with the popular (and free!) Honey Cowl pattern.
I used Madelinetosh Pashmina in Sea Salt, which is totally dreamy and soft. I was careful to swatch and measure and get this to the exact dimensions of the pattern, mainly just to practice following a pattern. I even blocked it, so proud of myself, ha. 🙂 Now I am working on some matching fingerless mitts made up in the same yarn.
My grandmother was a knitter, and she taught me to knit when I was young (around 10 years old?). I have vague memories of learning from her, and would knit little projects off and on like hats and scarves, but never learned how to follow a pattern. It’s enough that whenever I pick it up again it’s like my hands have some memory of what to do, it all feels familiar.
10 year old me with my grandmother
When she was unable to knit any longer my brother took over and made a few, including one for my husband and my oldest daughter. But by the time my littlest arrived, his life had become decidedly busier after the birth of his own child, and he hasn’t been able to make one for my youngest daughter. So one of my big motivations to pick up knitting again is to get a stocking made for her by next Christmas! My mother gave me a copy of my grandma’s instructions, and I have to say I am pretty lost with them right now.But the good news is I have almost a year to figure it out 🙂 And I would love to knit some big slouchy sweaters, and maybe even some owls. I am Kellylc on Ravelry if you want to meet up over there, I would love to see what you guys are working on!