Tim warned me not to put put anything on my blog about knitting as I would lose some ‘street cred’ … but I figured that everyone reading this blog knows me anyhow. They know that I have some very geeky (but endearing) qualities.
Aunty Betsie, a friend of mine’s mum, once encouraged me to take up knitting again when I was going through a very stressful patch, because it keeps you busy, has a calming effect and de-stresses you beautifully. I still knit to wind down.
But Tim draws the line at knitting in public. I once took some knitting with me to the pub. The poor man was mortified. Now I do most of my knitting either in the car on long journeys or at home.
And this is the blanket I am currently knitting:
I know that knitting is one of those things that people think is only for people over 60 (or perhaps even 70 these days). Of course I learned to knit at school. I remember knitting some booties for my newborn cousin when I was 11. My aunt, Ann-Marie, tells me that Mariette was only able to fit into them when she was over a year old! I think my skills have improved a little since then. *smile*
I was actually looking for a pattern for a hot-water bottle (much needed in a house that had no heating!), when I came across this blanket. It just looked so gorgeous. And the pattern is dead easy.
I will need 108 squares to make a blanket the size on the picture above. So far I have made 50 – that is almost half way. The thing I love about it is:
– It is so relaxing to do
– Once you know the pattern it is so easy
– You can finish a square in just over an hour
So it doesn’t feel like I am knitting something huge. A little like reading a newspaper rather than War and Peace. You can do it bit-by-bit.
Strangely, sewing the squares, into squares almost takes as long as knitting it in the first place.