So far with my knitting I have been practising away making a scarf of sorts with simple stocking stitch, but last night I also 'sort of' mastered moss stitch and have begun a lovely green scarf.... see below... (note... scarves are definitely all I can manage for the moment....!)
It is these sorts of traditional skills that I have wanted to learn, to go along with my new simple lifestyle, so along with all the baking and cooking things from scratch, it would be great to be able to make all my own clothing as well. The other thing is that doing all of these things takes time, so rather than rushing through life and trying to complete as many tasks as possible at once (multi-task really is an evil word), knitting, crotchet and sewing really makes you sit down and focus on the job at hand.
Ok, so the flowers are a bit wonky, and actually a bit uneven, but I was pretty excited to create SOMETHING when yesterday it was all a massive mystery.
I have only been knitting a few weeks and it was amusing the comment I got from my husband. "Why are you being such a Granny?!" Ok, yes...I know, sometimes these time honoured skills can seem a bit grannyish (is that a word?), but there was a stage a few years ago when knitting became really trendy and today people of all ages clack away with their needles.
Knitting and crotchet are a lot like sewing, where today it doesn't actually save you any money to make your own clothes. Wool is really expensive but the whole point behind making yourself a garment is knowing that you have MADE it yourself. Watch out everyone I know because you'll be getting scarves and crotchet flowers for gifts ..... unless of course, I can extend my repertoire!
But despite the cost of sewing, knitting and crotchet, there is the joy in actually making the item and you can be happy in the knowledge that you are creating clothes that you know where they have come from, and how they were made. By this I mean that someone stuck in a sweat shop, being paid $1 a day, hasn't made your clothes. By making your own you are abandoning the support of cheap labour, and this is a good thing.
So where do I go from here? I really want to learn to do Granny Squares as I want to have a whole blanket made out of them, just like the ones my grandmother made who was apparently brilliant at crotchet and made my Mum a WHOLE suit out of it, and people couldn't stop asking her where did she get her Chanel suit! With my knitting I still haven't learnt how to cast off....so basically I'll just have to knit this scarf from here to eternity...or at least until I work that one out, and I will also need to learn how to increase and decrease my stitches so I can start to do garments. Oh...the challenges that lie ahead!
Have you taken up a craft or hobby lately?