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Babies and Knitting…

Sorry to my followers and readers for disappearing for a short time. My best friend finally had her baby and with that I have been wrapped up with all the excitement of being an “Aunty”. My little “niece”, Matilda Jane, is absolutely beautiful. Not exactly petite, weighing in at 9lbs 5oz (not bad being 2-3 weeks early), but ever so cuddly.

So this brings me to the subject of knitting. My best friend has asked me to knit Matilda something. At least that narrows what I’m going to knit…not. I have a couple of books that have somewhat inspired me and have come across a great website called Ravelry.

Ravelry has some awesome free patterns and forums. You will never be short of inspiration! Another good resource for knitters is You Tube. I do not by any means profess to be an expert knitter (in fact far from it) but You Tube has provided me with some tutorials that have helped me along. I am also part of a knitting group at work (many fellow workers refer to us in tongue and cheek as the Stitch and Bitch group) and we have a lovely lady who takes her time to mentor us novice knitters.

Knitting is one of those “old world” crafts that tends to be forgotten about due to the convenience of being able to go to various shops to by cheap and often poorly made jumpers, beanies even teddies. However I remember my Mum knitting when I was a child and I loved the jumpers that she use to knit me. Plus there is the giving of something that you have created yourself.

At the moment I’m in the process of finishing a project from last year. A scarf (pictured below) for my step-daughter. I’m determined to finish this before I start anything else. The bright side is at least there is no way she can grow out of a scarf.

The Scarf

In my pursuit of becoming more sustainable I have discovered where to get cheap knitting needles.  On the Op Shop tour I went on late last month I found where all the old knitting needle go to find new homes.  You will find them hiding out in a dark corner.

I have also found some great eco-friendly yarns that I am interested in trying out… 10 Eco-Friendly Yarns You’ll Love.  I’m quite intrigued by SeaSilk Yarn.  This is a yarn that is 70% silk and 30% sea cell (a fibre derived from seaweed).

I will keep you updated with my knitting adventures.

Her are some books that may also inspire…

Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook

Knitting For Dummies

Knitting for Baby: 30 Heirloom Projects with Complete How-to-Knit Instructions