'Look Ma, I can knit! ...a little'
No really, this is photographic evidence for my mother to show that the hours spent painstakingly trying to teach me to knit as a youth were not in vain (eventually!).
I really did try several times but never had the patience to practise and persevere with knitting. I ended up with miscellaneous holes, accidental increases / decreases and it never quite grew quickly enough to keep me inspired.
We had a couple of days away in Lyme Regis on the south coast last week to recuperate after a particularly grueling few weeks so I thought I'd make the most of some down time to finally get to grips with knitting with the help of several videos on 'Creativebug'.
If you've not come across it before it's a subscription based website full of video tutorials for all sorts of crafts -yarn based, sewing, paper, cake decorating, you name it. There's currently a free trial offer! I'd recommend it if you're looking to dip your toe into a new craft but I personally found many of the sewing based options quite basic.
I watched several videos by Debbie Stoller of Stitch Nation including 'Knitting and Purling' and 'Knitting Cast Ons' to remind me of the basics then I set to practising. I love Debbie's warm and fun manner in her videos which are really clear and helpful. She's not at all stuffy!
'...so put on your big girl panties and get ready for some purl on purl action!'
My hand warmers are just a basic 40 stitch square swatch started with 6 rows of knit / purl ribbing, followed by striped stockinette rows then 9 rows of knit 2 / purl 2 ribbing to finish.
I say hand warmers, strictly speaking it's just the one... can you spot the rookie error?
Noooo! I counted 4 rows instead of 6 so one's too short darnit! Whether I'll get around to unraveling or knitting up a fresh one I'm not sure but I'm super pleased with the first! It's the furthest I've got to date!