You know that I’ve only just started thinking of myself as a knitter. I learned to knit so long ago that I don’t even remember when that was. It’s just something that I could always do, although not very well, and nor could I cast on or off. But thanks to YouTube channels like Very Pink and Purl Soho, and not to mention my friends Tammy and Sarah, I’ve gone over to the dark side!
About a year ago Vanessa Kind shared some We Love Knitting yarn on Instagram (or maybe her podcast) and it was love at first sight. Then came the challenge: how to get my hands on some! It became a matter of stalking the Instagram page, enabling notifications and setting alarms for shop updates. And I’m not the only one who does this – it’s a real game of Fastest Finger First to checkout. More than once I was quick enough to get some in my basket only to find that it was sold out by the time I tried to pay.
Eventually I scored a few skeins of peaches and cream and sea glass, just in time for my gran and aunt to come visit, saving a fortune on shipping. Oh Australia why do you have to be so far away?
Fast forward six months, I had to get more. I bought two skeins of mintfetti DK and after trying to crochet a shawl design, I realised that this yarn needs to be knit and – honestly – is wasted on crochet.
So then became the hunt for the perfect project that wasn’t a shawl and could be knit using only two skeins. Enter Ravelry and Jane by Georgie Nicholson. The combination of the mintfetti and this design is amazing. The yarn loves the stockingette stitch and it’ll make the perfect kids cardi.
I honestly can’t believe that I never paid attention when everybody told me that knitting for kids is so satisfying. That it goes quickly and I would be so encouraged by the progress. Especially in a 8ply DK yarn. If been using 4ply fingering for so long that I had forgotten how fun a chunkier project is!
Now this is my first garment knit. I’m keeping it simple while I grow my confidence. I’d LOVE to hear your tips for simple and beautiful knitted garments. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. I’m just enjoying this so much!