On my last birthday I received a lovely book of knitting patterns called “Knitting from the North”. It is full of beautiful two or more colour patterns which as a returning knitter I am too terrified to try.
But I search the internet for lots of yarn/wool/craft related things everyday and recently I found a list of yarn and wool shows across the UK.
The best bit is that one of them is local to me and has knitting workshops! My salvation is at hand, my book won’t sit gathering dust for years to come! Yarningham is held in… you guessed it… Birmingham – meaning it’s a short train ride away. About a week ago they released their workshops for the weekend.
I have booked myself two workshops for a full day of knitting. I take along my 4mm needles and the rest is supplied for me.I will be learning how to double knit with two colours to get a reversible pattern. I will also be learning about Shetland Hap Shawls earlier in the day.
I am hoping that these two workshops will expand my repertoire past knit, purl, yarn over and K2T. Then I will feel more confident to try to make some of those patterns that scare me a little bit. And if all else fails I can always frog it.
Also my yarn arrived! I ordered enough balls of Scheepjes Chalista to make the One Step Beyond Blanket by Martin up North.
I will be using a 4.5mm hook to make my stitches a bit denser to use it as a bath mat.
The wonderful thing is Chalista is 100% cotton, machine washable and goes in the tumble dryer so is perfect for the bathroom. The colours aren’t half bad either…
Until the next time,