Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Tuesday afternoons I usually walk to a knitting group that meets in a lounge area of our public library downtown. I discovered this group quite by accident five years ago this month when I went to the library to sign out a book or two - a rare occurrence since I access most of my reading through my book club. I saw an acquaintance there knitting with a group and quipped that I should have taken my knitting. They mentioned that anyone was welcome to come and knit so the the next week I packed up my knitting and headed to the library and I've been doing that almost continually ever since!
Most of my knitting projects have been done since I retired over thirteen years ago although I was about a year into retirement before I really started knitting non-stop.
I first learned to knit when I was about 10 - I was trying to knit a square for a Brownie badge. It was quite the experience learning to knit since my mom is left handed and I am not! I didn't touch needles again until I was in university and when I suddenly got the urge to pick up needles again and I knit off and on for the next few years. When my children were small I was encouraged to try knitting fair isle sweaters (knit in the round). Knowing that a baby outfit I'd started for my nephew about nine years before had never been finished. I chose red white and blue yarn to try knitting a sweater for our daughter, reasoning that if I didn't get it finished before she grew out of it, our son could maybe wear it. I had it done in no time and over the next while knit a number of fair isle sweaters. Life became busy and that was the end of my knitting until retirement.
I like knitting sweaters but I've branched out - with the inspiration I've found from my knitting group friends - to knitting fancy scarves, shawls/shawlettes, a pair of socks and even Easter eggs! Mainly I knit sweaters though because I don't like being cold and there are so many beautiful patterns out there. Here are a few of my favourite finished projects from the past 2 or 3 years.
b This one was completed last year and was perfect for our tour of Great Britain late last summer.
I knit summer sweaters too!
This one I knit for my grandson.
An updated fair isle
Grandson's Christmas sweater. He loves it but will probably need a new one.
My most recent finished project.