So, as I mentioned earlier, knitting’s a bit addictive…
I started off simply enough with a hat, using a free pattern I found on the interwebs:
Officially 'Not Bad' according to the other half
This would have gone better had I realised that UK and US knitting needle sizes aren’t just different but completely backwards, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. ‘Wow,’ said the other half, showing great faith in my talents, ‘that’s not actually that bad, will you knit me one?’
So I did (although he seems to have hidden it – or maybe he’s actually wearing it – so you’ll just have to believe me).
Then I knitted a scarf to go with my hat:
it was supposed to be longer but I ran out of wool
And then I went a bit mad and actually ordered some wool (cocaine might well have been cheaper) and knitted this:
Still waiting for me to work out how to knit handles
Which was supposed to shrink down to lap-top bag size when I felted it but didn’t. It seems that all those airy felting instructions you read on the internet about just putting stuff in the washing machine presupposes a rufty-tufty top-loading American washing machine that washes things so that they stay washed, not one of our wimpy European front-loading eco-friendly washers that just sort of dabs them clean.
So anyway, nothing daunted, I then started to branch out and knitted a hot-water bottle cover which was based on this but with several off-piste additions of my own:
Like a tiny jumper, for someone with no arms.
Then I went even madder and knitted this:
Knitted felted mug cosy, patent pending
Which is a mug cosy of completely my own design, albeit following the rather more detailed instructions for felting on the excellent ‘Knit like a Pirate’ site. The other half reports he can now eke out his coffee for fifty percent longer than before without it getting stone cold. This has made him correspondingly fifty percent harder to get out of bed in the mornings, especially with the nice snuggly hot-water bottle in there.
So … now what? A brief glance through the world of knitting websites suggests there’s nothingon earth you can’t knit, if you try hard enough. I’ve got three or four smallish balls of wool sitting tempting me on the kitchen counter… what would you knit?