This has probably been the first October half term holiday that I haven’t made a Christmas cake ( I will do this in a week or so) or done a spot of sewing since my kids were small. It seems that Covid saps all of your motivation and is exhausting!
I have done a little bit of knitting. I heard recently that knitting has the same therapeutic properties as Yoga and I can believe it. Knitting has always played a part in my life, I don’t remember my grandmother teaching me, but I know when I joined school knitting club when I was six I could do all of the basics including the casting on and off.
It really became my thing when I was in year 9 and I got glandular fever. I was really sick and needed to rest a lot. Woman’s weekly had some Jean Greenhow Christmas Ornament patterns and I remember going and asking my mum to remind me how to to do the increases and decreases. Then I was off. That Christmas our tree was full of little knitted decorations. My grandmother came to stay and just before bought me the yarn and pattern for a beautiful sweater and showed me how to cable. Yes that is the pattern above ( I hoard everything) I taught myself the bobbles, unfortunately they weren’t a success and by the time I saw my grandmother again to help me finish it I had grown and it only fit for a couple of weeks.
Since then when ever life is harder, whether it is grief ,illness or just life, knitting is my go to. 2020 has rekindled the passion. There is something so calming about yarn running through your fingers, the rhythmic under round over and off.
The shifty is my go to at the moment. It isn’t as stunning as the beautiful yarn used in the sample or as inventive as some of the gorgeous versions that I have seen on Ravelry. It has definitely taken longer than it should and I don’t think I am going to have enough yarn to complete the sleeves, but that is ok, sometimes it is just about the process rather than the garment. I love the fabric it feels sturdy and warm – I wonder how much it will change when it is blocked. Maybe next week or the week after we will see.