Friday, 27 January 2012

Let's knit together!

I learned how to knit in primary school. The girls learned knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and other useful needlecraft twice a week, the boys did woodwork and carpentry. At the time I would have loved to join them, but now I'm delighted to know these practical skills.

In my community people often see me knitting socks during meetings. I have made many socks in my life, so for me this is a no-brainer; something I can easily do whilst still participating in the meeting. People who never knit socks don't understand this: they think it's highly complicated!

More and more people asked me whether I could teach them how to knit or crochet. So every now and then we gather in the lounge with our yarn and needles. We chat, drink tea, I rescue dropped stitches and help out with new techniques. I love it: being creative together feels very connecting and relaxing.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

I discovered Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) on knitting community Ravelry and am completely blown away by it. The idea: they have a forum where you post your wish(es) and then people who feel like it just grant them! It took me some courage to just post my wish (leftover sock yarn for my Blanket); it's a bit weird to ask for something without giving something back! At the same time I started reading other people's wishes and sending them what they need. Such a great thing to do! It just reminds me that there are so many lovely humans out there and it is so simple to connect and be friendly to each other.

This morning a parcel arrived and look what I got! Kate, you made my week. Thank you!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Making a blanket (or a scarf...) from leftover sock yarn

It's not a good picture, but it has been so dark today, that there just wasn't enough light! Still, I want to show my new project: a blanket (or, if too ambitious, a scarf) from leftover sock yarn. You can find the pattern of this Blankie here.

I have lots of leftover sock yarn and will need lots more. Soooo, if you want to destash, please let me know!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

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