Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Knitting Nightmares

I’m letting out an embarrassing little secret here – so don’t tell.....  I’ve TRIED to learn to knit so many times.  But I just can’t get the hang of it! 

My nan used to knit a lot when I was a little girl, and I spent hours sitting with her, trying to learn to knit myself.  She helped me to knit little things for my dolls to wear and once, when I was a bit older, she supervised me while I made a bootee for my cousin’s baby.  Unfortunately, the baby never received her gift, as I never got around to making the second bootee (she turned 18 a few weeks ago, so it’s a little too late now)!!!
A few years ago, I was given a scarf-knitting-kit for Christmas.  My mom showed me how to knit again (I’d forgotten everything I’d learned before) and, with her there to fix all my mistakes and do all the tricky bits for me, I (well, we) managed to finish the scarf.
Then I forgot it all again! 
But, over the past few weeks (with the summer holidays approaching), I’ve been thinking about what crafty things I can work on during my travels.  We’ll be doing a lot of driving (to and around the UK), and going on a cruise around the Norwegian fjords.  Well, I can’t take my sewing machine with me!  I was chatting about this very serious predicament with a friend last week, and she volunteered to teach me to knit!!!  I thought it was only fair to warn her of my knitting history, but she bravely left her offer open.....
We spent Saturday afternoon in the garden, with our cups of tea, balls of wool and knitting needles.  And I learnt to knit – AGAIN!!!  I was able to cast on and knit a few rows – all by myself!!!  We decided that I would make a square to begin with.  Then I could knit a few more and maybe turn them into a blanket.....  or perhaps just a little cushion.....  or maybe just finish my one square and turn it into a pin cushion!?!  After my friend left, I managed to knit a few more rows.  But then I made a mistake, forgetting whether I was meant to be knitting or purling.  I tried to fix it, but ended up getting cross and unravelling the whole thing.  I started again, messed it all up again, and unravelled it all again!  What I need is a live-in-knitting-fixer!!! 
Here is my third attempt.....  

so far, so good this time.  I’ve ordered a book that I HOPE will show me how to fix my mistakes without having to unravel everything (and teach me how to tell whether I’ve just been knitting or purling – because I can never remember), and it’s going into my suitcase along with all my knitting gear.  I am DETERMINED that, after my holidays, I will have at least one finished square to show you!!! 
If you're reading, thank you Saffron!!!  You are one patient gal!!!


  1. Looks good so far! Love the purple colour.

    Put a button on your sidebar so I can 'follow' you :)


  2. :-)
    Thank you! It took me almost a week to finish that one square (perhaps I shouldn't admit to that)! Now I'm on to my second. I'm trying garter stitch this time. I've already had to unravel this one twice!!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that practice makes perfect..... eventually!!!
    Thanks for the 'button' tips - let me know if it works!

  3. Looking great! Well done to you for continuing wanting to learn! Honestly, making mistakes is very important because learning to fix them, as you are doing, makes you a better knitter and at least it helped me to understand the construction and the craft better. Have you joined Ravelry yet? It will make you addicted to knitting!

  4. Hi Carly, nice blog, I shall be following you from now on. Thank you for the comment you left on my blog about Topsham, sorry it's taken me a while to respond. I hope you enjoy rummaging in that warehouse.

    Your knitted swatch looks pretty good to me... I have my fingers crossed that you will get bitten by the knitting bug and join the yarn-fondling ranks :-)

  5. Hi Kristen,
    Thank you so much for the confidence-boosting comment! If mistakes are good things, I'm doing well!!! :-)
    I joined Ravelry last week, but I haven't had time to have a good look around on there yet. I will do though - it's very exciting!
    Carly x

  6. Hello Susan,
    Thank you for your post - and for becoming my very first 'follower'!!! We're going to visit my in-laws in Exmouth in a few weeks - so I'm definately going to do some crafty bargain-hunting in Topsham! If I find any exciting goodies, I'll definately blog about it!!!
    I'm on to my 3rd square now! :-)


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