I first started making beaded jewellery when I found some beads for sale in a local wool shop. My new hobby takes up most of my spare time but I still can’t resist buying knitting wool occasionally, especially with all the beautiful yarns that are available these days.
Knitting is something I have enjoyed ever since my mother taught me to knit when I was about six years old.
These days I tend to get bored with bigger garments and the finishing-off and sewing-up is not my strongest skill – hence my embarrassingly large collection of half-knitted or partially sewn-up jumpers.
Scarves are more successful as they don’t take as long to knit and the sewing-up is not a problem.
Last October, Mariel the proprietor of the PreHisto in Le Grand-Pressigny, was knitting a fabulous curly-wurly scarf in a plain grey colour. The plain grey was not for me but the effect was wonderful. The yarn is a sort of mesh tape.
She showed me how to pick up the stitches and knit with the yarn but I could not quite grasp the technique.
Recently I managed to get hold of a ball of the yarn, which is called Can Can. There are instructions on the ball-band but I was still flummoxed so I found this very helpful video on youtube.
It’s quite fiddly to knit but it grows very quickly so that’s ok.