My Sewing and KnittAntics

Frenzied Sewing and Hand Knitting Antics jazzed along by Machine Knitting.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Background to Knitting Part 1

How did I get into knitting??
Saw a jumper in window display of LYS two decades ago , walked in and asked to buy the jumper, only to be told by nice lady"My dear you will have to knit it up yourself"It was a grey chunky weight wool cabled jumper. I had never knitted a stitch before then ,even the proverbial scarf
Put up some front , calmly asked for a kit with all that I needed to finish project(yarn needles , beginner's guide to knitting)
I finished the jumper some weeks later, yikes it was too big ( what tension gauge?) but it was put to good use by younger brother.

Went very cold for the next ten years, busy learning couture dressmaking , falling in love with Issey Miyake designs( fodder for a parallel blog)
Liberty of London fabric sale one summer in the 1990's, stumbled on the Rowan concession( dont even ask me how) discovered a treasure trove of tactile yarns.
Bought Rowan # 24 , enough yarn to make Betsy byKim Hargreaves, a copy of Vogue Knitting Guide, and the rest as they say is history.

I still knit with selected Rowan designs and yarns , but very much a love hate relationship.The next post will discuss my knitting nirvanas.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

New Beginnings

New Beginnings.
My debut to Weblogging.Public journal to keep on track
Gazillion skeins of yarns , pattern books , knitting bits and bobs.
Endless wish lists, future projects ,magazines tabbed , stash hauled about to find the elusive perfect for project yarn.
I dont promise to post often ( too busy knitting)
But project details , yarn choices , progress and finished items will feature.