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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Knitting is magic

Minimalist cardigan

There's always something slightly surreal for me about the first time I wear any handknitted piece, particularly with any item that doesn't need blocking (socks) or that has been blocked before sewing up (sweaters). One moment it's a project that you're working on, the next you've woven in that last end and it's part of your wardrobe. Part of it is that I'm still not entirely used to the fact that I can get new clothes without going into a shop and handing over my credit card* but it's mostly that I'm still stunned by the "ta da" moment when I realise that, with just a couple of bits of wood to help me, I've succeeded in turning the raw materials of spun yarn into a wearable garment.

It's at moments like these that I'm particularly glad to have a flesh and blood knitting group because no-one else quite gets how cool this is.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!

* usually by the time I've knit something up that part of the business is so long in the past as to have faded from memory.


lucie said...

Your cardigan is really lovely - looks like it could be a wardrobe staple. I really must start sweater knitting (in real sizes, not just for the babes).

The photos of Blenheim (?) make me homesick.

Lucie x

katieh said...


(aw! look at the yarn! all grown up!)