As a 'crafter-who-dabbles', I enjoy looking through catalogues like Hobbycraft or Panduro or Search Press for inspiration, but I'm always drawn to the knitting sections.
Knitting is probably the craft I most consistently enjoy. My mum taught me to knit when I was 7, and I can remember many Sunday afternoons where we sat watching an old black and white musical on the telly, with three sets of pins clacking away (myself, Mum and Helen). In fact, at one stage there were four sets going, because my brother wanted to knit a jumper for his Chief Scout's Challenge...
Over the years, knitting fell out of fashion. Wool shops disappeared - Mrs Matthews' shop in town, with cubbyholes crammed with woolly wonder, lived on in my memory while market stalls filled with nothing except vividly coloured acrylic double knit stepped in to plug the gap.
|The rainbow jumper I knitted in the 80's when mohair was |
fashionable (if a pig to knit with!)
In recent years, knitting has become fashionable again - so much so that today, there are at least three market stalls selling wool and patterns, plus a lovely craft shop with a good selection of more unusual yarns.
I have, for the first time in many years, had a go at something other than socks, I knitted myself a gorgeous patterned tunic top in silky cotton...
|My odds-and-ends socks, from leftover sock wool|
Anyway, today the Search Press catalogue arrived. It appears knitting is definitely very popular - crochet too - as there were ten pages of knitting and crochet books. Ten! There were shawl, scarf and sock patterns... flowers and animals galore... stitch dictionaries... vintage patterns... Granny squares... even boot cuffs and tea cosies. And then there were some weirder things to knit...
'Woolly Woofers... no self-respecting dog is seen in the park without the latest cashmere cable knit...'
'Knitted Meerkats... twenty fun characters...such as a bikini-clad babe, a rock star complete with guitar...'
'Knit the Alphabet... great for jewellery, gift wrapping and home decor...'
'55 Christmas Balls... Arne and Carlos bring...holiday crafting...with their Norwegian-inspired ornamental balls...'
Actually, I quite like the sound of the last one, (stop sniggering!) because I LOVE making Christmas decorations. And it'll make a change from socks.
Right, where's the order form?
|Taken at my last guide camp in 2011; we knitted squares as a camp challenge, which were made into blankets and donated to Age Concern. From memory, they ended up with thousands of squares and hundreds of blankets...|