I've been inspired to try knitting again. This is my first attempt (don't laugh!). The last time was about 6 years ago, when Nick and I were living in Scotland and I think I managed half a scarf and then gave up. I have only ever been able to cast on, do a basic knit stich and cast off... so it's been a bit limiting!
It has been a while (and I was never any good!) so I had to look up instructions for knitting again in Pip Lincoln's book, Meet Me at Mikes. It got me started and soon I had 50 stitches and about 30 rows. I folded it over, stitched the sides, added a button and snap fasteners underneath and made a little purse;
I think I will send it to my Grandmother, who can no longer knit, due to arthritis, but I think she would enjoy seeing this, as she was the one who first showed me how to knit when I was about 15 years old. And now, 16 years later, I have finally knitted something from start to finish and have something to show for it! (Sorry you had to wait so long, Gran!)
Today, my lovely husband drove me all the way to Calico & Ivy (the one in Balmain, not Perth!) so I could choose some new wool for another little project. Now I just have to learn how to do the purl stitch...
And it looks like it has started a bit of a knitting craze in this house! The girls are using pencils as knitting needles (because I only have one pair!) and have already come up with some amazing creations. They've made bagpipes (?!), butterfly cocoons and mini wrapped birthday presents but my favourite was Elly's tiny little 'knitted pinata'! Oh, I love their imaginations...especially since they all sort-of look the same!