Yarn Along February 2018

What I'm reading (The TimeKeeper by Emily Rodda) and knitting at the moment

It’s Yarn Along time again! I’m really excited to share my February Yarn Along with you today, because I’ve been doing some designing of late. This is an initiative started by Ginny at Small Things, where internet people share what they’re knitting/crocheting and reading for the month. If you’d like to add your own, click on the pic below:

My Current Read

The Timekeeper by Emily Rodda

Actually I just finished this book this afternoon! Thanks to a cranky teething baby who fell asleep on me so I had some time on my hands. The book is called The Timekeeper by one of my favourite authors, Emily Rodda, not to be confused with The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (which I haven’t read but I did love reading Tuesdays with Morrie). The Timekeeper is a kids’ book, which is often my preference for fiction (although I do enjoy a good crime novel too), and the sequel to the book Finders Keepers. The Timekeeper follows the story of Patrick, who, after discovering and befriending citizens of a parallel universe when he was recruited for a TV show on the other side (in Finders Keepers), is charged with saving both universes before a rift between the universes brings them both close to catastrophe. If you’d like to check the book out, you can see it on Book Depository by clicking here.

What I’m Knitting

My experimenting with a new mitten pattern

This is the bit that I’m really excited about. I bought some new yarn recently and I’ve been experimenting with some stitch patterns. I’ve been inspired by a pattern from the Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard, but as you can see in the photo above I’ve been changing things up and making it my own as the swatch grows. I’m planning some new fingerless mittens because I loved designing and making the French Rhubarb mittens so much. Some variant of the pattern above will feature on the cuffs. I love these colours together and I love the feel of the yarn. I’ve also been doing a tension swatch to figure out the best needle size to use, and after that’s done I’m about ready to start pattern writing and knitting a prototype! It’s so much fun to design something new. If you haven’t done it before, I’d encourage you to find a cool stitch pattern, get your needles, and experiment with modifying it to add your own touch.

What are you knitting and reading at the moment? I’d love to know in the comments, and check out Ginny’s blog and add your own Yarn Along to the list too!

Peace,

Kat

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What to Keep in Your Knitting Bag

Image of Stitch markers with text

In my knitting project bag, I keep a few things. My current WIP with the appropriate needles, yarn for said project, and my craft case. I think of it as kind of like my “knitting kit” in the same way that you keep a little “sewing kit” with a little bit of this and that you need for all the common mending jobs. Do you have one of these? Let me know in the comments what you keep in yours!

My case is a little pencil case where I keep notions and bits and bobs I might need on the go while I am knitting. It’s not all the knitting gear I own by any stretch. Here is what I keep in my craft case.

Needle Gauge

I use this one, which is an Australian brand. Mine has a ruler on the sides in metric and imperial, so it is useful both for gauging needle size and measuring knitting as I go along. The fact that it has a ruler on it means it is good to have on hand when out and about. Like, say, if you’re on the bus and you won’t be able to have a steady hand to measure something with your tape measure.

I also like that my gauge has needle sizes in US, UK, and mm sizes, so if my pattern is asking me to use 3.75mm needles, I can refer to my gauge and know straight away that I need some UK 9s.

This needle gauge (pictured above) is not the same brand I use but it looks really similar, and also has Canadian sizes. The reviews look good except one reviewer found that the ruler was off so be aware of that.

A Pen and a Pencil

Or use a 4-in-1 pen/pencil like I use. It’s got three pen colours and a mechanical pencil. The kind I use is made by uniball and was given to me by a housemate of mine. This housemate is Japanese and I’ve been given a very similar pen by a family member who got it from Japan. They have such nice stationery over there! I can’t find a link to the specific pen I use but the one pictured, by Bic, looks very similar and has mostly fab reviews.

Keep one of these for sure. They come in handy when you’re modifying a pattern and have to do a quick pen-and-paper calculation. My printed patterns are covered in long multiplication sums! They’re also good for recording the number of rows it took you to get you a certain length in your piece. This is particularly crucial if you have to make two things the exact same size (like two sleeves) but the pattern just tells you to knit to a certain length.

Highlighter

Let me know if it’s just me. When I’m knitting something that has several options for sizes, I’m likely to make a certain mistake. When I’m not paying much attention, I’ll just knit according to the first size recorded, and then I’ve messed up my piece! The solution to this is to highlight the instructions that are specific to the size you’re knitting! Does anyone else do this? Of course you can’t always do it like if you’re using a library book, but it’s a great tip for patterns you’ve printed off the computer. And if you’re planning to make the same piece in several sizes, just assign one colour to each size!

Scissors

Scissors

Find good, sharp craft scissors if you can. I used to have some of those fold-up scissors in my craft case (I thought that kind were so cool when my sister got a pair for her first high school hiking camp) but they weren’t as sharp as the pair I currently have. I thought they’d be handy because they’re compact, but in the end it’s the sharpness that matters most. It’s nice to have some scissors that you know can handle your yarn.

Tape Measure

Pink craft tape measure

I often have a couple in there actually, but one will probably do. Tape measures are great (and better than rulers) for measuring long stuff that isn’t straight. The faded pink tape measure pictured may not look like much. However, it is special to me because it belonged to my Grandma, who died in 2007. When I decided to take up knitting in 2010, I went down to the shed where we were storing my Grandma’s stuff and took her needles and notions (including the tape measure) up to my room. I didn’t even know what a lot of it was, like her stitch holder that looked to me like a giant safety pin, which leads me onto my next item.

Giant Safety Pins (er, I mean stitch holders)

Stitch holders

Stitch holders are invaluable for all kind of projects like gloves and socks. Coated metal ones like the bottom one pictured are good. That kind won’t rust unless they get damaged and expose the metal underneath. They come in different sizes but I find that as long as they aren’t too small, it doesn’t matter too much what size stitch holder you use. I prefer them to scrap yarn in cases where I don’t need to hold a lot of stitches.

Actual Safety Pins

Having a couple of safety pins are useful for when you need to mark a specific stitch or row, or to mark the beginning of a round.

Stitch Markers

Stitch markers

Essential for a lot of knitting projects. I have some metal ones and ones that are just loops of yarn, because sometimes you need a lot of stitch markers. Either work fine, so don’t stress if you don’t have fancy, purpose-built stitch markers.

Some of my stitch markers (the flower one and the clear button one) are made by me. For the flower marker, I simply got small split rings (think tiny keyrings) and attached a small charm to them. The clear button marker is a loop of wire attached to a button, simple as that. Others (the heart ones) I bought from a charming little town in the UK, called Lavenham, in 2012. Lavenham is well known for its wonky houses. The place I bought my stitch markers from is called Café Knit, which you might guess is a café and knitting shop in one. The stitch markers remind me of the great time I had in England with my aunt, in the country my dad was born in.

Point protectors

For protecting points! Of your needles, that is. To be honest I don’t use these much, but they are useful from time to time, say when you’re doing a project with lots and lots of stitches that would be really hard to salvage if they all fell off the needle in your project bag. Like a big lace shawl or something, of which I have knitted several.

Mini Craft Storage Containers

I use two small, clear, stackable containers to store the small items in my knitting case (like safety pins, stitch markers, and point protectors). These are very handy and if you’re crafty you likely have plenty of these already. They come in sets of several but there is no limit to how many you can stack onto each other. I don’t know where I got mine from, but these ones look extremely similar except a bit bigger than mine and they have good reviews.

Scrap Yarn

Small balls of yarn

Scrap yarn is handy when you need to hold a large amount of stitches instead of using a stitch holder. Spare scrap yarn is also great for when you have to do a provisional cast-on or add a lifeline. It’s also a life-saver when you’re running short of a few stitch markers and need to quickly make some out of loops of yarn. I keep a couple of small balls in contrasting colours. That way I know I’ll have a colour that won’t blend in too much with whatever project I’m knitting.

Sewing needles

I keep a few tapestry/darning needles of different sizes, and a few sewing needles. What knitting project doesn’t need you to use a sewing or tapestry needle, at the very least for weaving in ends? I’d struggle without my needles in my craft case.

As a side note, I keep my tapestry and sewing needles on a very small cross stitch in a round frame. I was going to show you a photo but it’s ten years old and has been knocked around a bit so yeah, it’s not so pretty anymore. In 2008, I went to World Youth Day in Sydney. This is a huge youth pilgrimage put on by the Catholic Church which is held in different countries around the world. Prior to World Youth Day in Sydney, I went on retreat with the Passionists in Melbourne, and stayed with a lovely couple, who gave me this cross stitch to do while I was with them. I credit World Youth Day to the growth of my faith, which has brought me so many joys like a sense of fulfilment, and wonderful friends including one I later married, and I know the joys will be even greater one day. This little cross stitch frame reminds me of the great time I had in Melbourne and Sydney in 2008, and of my faith which has been strong ever since then. Do you have any little trinkets that evoke big memories?

Sewing thread

Sewn hole in couch

I find that some sewing thread in my knitting bag comes in handy for all kinds of things. Yes, for your knitting projects, like sewing buttons onto garments, but do any of you ever find a quick little sewing job around the house that just needs doing? This is my couch, which I found a tiny tear in the other day. What do I usually have about my person? My knitting, of course. So I grabbed that sewing thread and sewed up the tear and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore!

Row counter

Row counter

Self-explanatory. Once you start knitting something by following a pattern, you’ll need some way of keeping track of your rows. You can do this in several ways. You can use a row counting app, or a pen and paper, or marking each row with a stitch marker. But the best (in my opinion) and simplest way to keep track of your knitting is simply with a row counter. The kind I use is designed to hang off the end of a straight needle, but since I use circular and double pointed needles often, I actually hang mine off a string and wear it round my neck. It’s a great conversation starter too, when you wear your row counter out in public! I’ve done that many times.

Cable Needles

I keep my cable needles in my knitting case partly because it is somewhere to put them and they won’t get lost, but they’re useful for saving dropped stitches or holding just a few stitches for a short period of time, like when you need to frog a small bit of knitting to fix a mistake. You can get bendy kinds or straight kinds. I use the straight kind and keep cable needles of a couple of different sizes in my case (FYI, for really small and fiddly cable projects, try using a toothpick instead of a cable needle!).

Crochet hooks

I keep a couple of crochet hooks (3.5mm and 4mm because I’m often kitting with yarn that is a good weight for these hooks) in my knitting case for those times when you need to save a dropped stitch. They’re also useful for provisional cast-ons.

Emery Board

What?! I hear you ask. Yeah, an emery board. I didn’t even put it in there on purpose. I think I was doing my nails one day and my emery board found its way in my case for some reason. But it is SO handy! I keep my nails longish, and occasionally I get a little jagged bit, you know? And those things snag your yarn like you won’t believe. And it’s annoying. Keep a small emery board or nail file in your project bag and you can thank me later.

Calculator

I’m recommending this but I don’t actually keep one in my case anymore! It broke, but it was worthwhile keeping in there. The kind I used was a calculator and ruler in one, very similar to this one (pictured). This is only useful if you’re the kind of person who isn’t always carrying her phone. Being able to do a quick calculation to work out how big something will be or how many stitches to cast on is very useful.

Random flotsam

Little bits of random stuff that I have stuffed in there until I can put it away or throw it out, which waits in my craft case for months until I get around to putting them in their proper place. Okay, okay, you don’t actually have to have random junk in your knitting case like I do. Right now I have some bits of paper from when I took up quilling to make my husband a first anniversary present (which was a year ago). There are also a few buttons, and some short lengths of thread which isn’t useful for anything. Oh, and a label for adding to knitted gifts which has been loitering in there for a couple of years and really lives in my box of craft supplies.

There you have it, guys. I hope you enjoyed reading about what I keep in my knitting bag, and hopefully it gave you a few ideas. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you keep in your knitting bag!

Peace,

Kat

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Yarn Along January 2018

Happiness Trap Pocketbook and Knitting on the Edge Book

I recently discovered an inspiring knitting-related blog and handmade shop called Small Things, written by Ginny. I’m new to the party, I know, but I hopped onto Small Things yesterday and found her post on her Yarn Along initiative, which seems to be quite a thing that I’ve been oblivious to. Knitters and crocheters share what they’re knitting and what they’re reading. So often a knitting fan is also a reading fan, don’t you find? It’s a shame the two hobbies are hard to do simultaneously! Well, I find it hard to do both at the same time. Does anyone out there read and knit together happily?

What I’m Knitting

Knitting on the Edge Book and Knitting

So here’s my contribution. At the moment knitting-wise, I’m working my way through an edging stitch dictionary called Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein, swatching whatever stitch takes my fancy. I’m finding the book quite delicious – I want to try them all! Actually I’m planning to do a book review for you of this book once I’ve explored it some more, so be on the lookout for that. The edging I’m working on right now is called Blooming Flower which creates cute, large flowers using bobbles as petals.

What I’m Reading

 

My evening read at the moment is called The Happiness Trap Pocketbook by Dr Russ Harris and Bev Aisbett. It is also marketed as The Illustrated Happiness Trap, and you can get a copy here. This book and the therapy approach underlying it is big Big BIG in psychologist land (for those of you who are new here, I’m a psychologist taking some time out to be a stay-at-home mum), and is pretty popular for the general public too. Very briefly, the principle behind it is that instead of doing what we always get told, to “be happy”, and to “think positive”, we can learn to accept negative emotions and thoughts and not spend all our energy trying to suppress them, and in doing so have the time and energy to do what we value. The Happiness Trap Pocketbook summarises the principles behind the theory using easy-to-read comic strips. It’s a companion to a book called The Happiness Trap (which I also own) which is similar but with more detail and no pictures. Both books are worth a read, whether you’re feeling good or not. There are some useful skills in there that more people could benefit from knowing.

 

Please join in Ginny’s Yarn Along! Check it out here. It looks like fun and I’m going to try to do it every month.

 

Peace,

Kat

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How to Organise your Knitting Needles (When you’re Not That Organised!)

Captioned image How to Organise Knitting Needles

Before you read the title of this post and judge me as a person who has it all together and can teach you disorganised people how it’s done, let me make things clear: I’m not that organised, and nothing highlights how much of an adulting amateur you are when you become a parent. I mean, I’ll sometimes leave my own clothes on the floor, and now I have to teach someone else to put their clothes away neatly! It’s hard.  However, I’m not totally hopeless, and one thing I do keep sufficiently organised is my knitting needles (straight, circular, and double-pointed) and crochet hooks. My system is not demanding at all, and yet it works. I’ve been organising my needles like this for nearly five years and it hasn’t failed me yet. Here’s how I do it.

 

My Low-Effort Needle Organising System

I have four cardboard tubes where I keep my needles. They’re travel tissue boxes with beautiful designs on them. You could use Pringles tubes covered in nice wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper, or anything that’s roughly the diameter and height of a standard drinking glass (if you’re putting crochet hooks in there, make sure the tubes aren’t too tall to reach in and pick up a hook. Cut down the tubes if they are too big). The tissue boxes I used were called Kleenex Tubes and I’m not sure if they’re still available, but these tissue boxes are very similar in dimension and look like they have beautiful designs. Remember you can always cover them if you don’t like the design on the tubes you’ve chosen.

Knitting needle organisation system
My needles organised in their tubes. Big labels and different designs make it easy to recognise which tube I’m picking up.

The Particulars

They are organised by size, but maybe not how you’d expect. That is, they’re not organised in small, medium, large, giant, or something like that.

Instead, I have one tube which contains needles whose size (in mm) ends in 0, for example 3.0mm, 4.0mm, etc. I have one tube for needle sizes ending in 0.25, one for those ending in 0.5, and one for those ending in 0.75. Each tube is labelled (simply with a marker or a basic label, but you could make a pretty label if you like), and needles are simply popped in there.

 

Why Organise Needles This Way?

It’s actually really easy to find the needles you’re looking for when they’re organised this way, simply by eyeballing them. Why? Because all the needles which are lumped in together are noticeably different in size. Say you have your .0mm tube, and you’re looking for a 3mm needle. The closest size to 3mm in the same tube is going to be a full mm or more different in size, so it’s easy to pick out the right size. I don’t know about you, but my needle collection includes quite a lot of needles which don’t have any indication of what size they are, so organising my needles in this way helps for quick identification. I’ll usually verify quickly with my gauge if I need to. If you’re interested, the gauge I use is Birch brand and available at Spotlight stores in Australia. This one made by Ladaidra is not the gauge I use but it is very similar.

Had you instead organised your needles by putting similar-sized needles in the same container, it’d be hard to tell apart the sizes just by looking at them. That would lead you to use your needle gauge excessively as you try to find exactly the size you need.

 

But What About Crochet Hooks, Double-Pointed Needles, and Circular Needles?

Circular needle in Knitting needle organiser
Circular needles can be stored easily using this system.

Well, just chuck them all in the tubes with your straight needles. Secure your sets of dpns with a rubber band to keep them together. Stick your circular needles in point-first with the nylon string hanging over the edge or tucked neatly into the tube. Or keep circulars in the little plastic sleeves they came in if you feel like it. I used to keep my circular needles in a pocket-book-sized expanding file, but I found the tubes to be better for them. This way they’re more easily accessible and they’re still sufficiently organised.

Double pointed needles secured with rubber band
Simply secure your dpn sets with rubber bands to keep them together when you store them.

So there you go: my lazy organiser’s needle organising system. Not too fancy, not too picky, but organised enough to make my life a little more efficient. What do you think? Do you organise your knitting needles differently?

One thing I haven’t mastered (like, at all), is how to organise my yarn! How do you do it in a way that works? By weight? Colour? Material? I would love to know how others organise their yarn so that I can try out something that will work for my not-too-organised self. Leave me a comment!

 

Peace,

Kat

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Welcome to Knitkatpaddywhack!

Knitted spheres

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Knitkatpaddywhack! Let me tell you a little bit about it, and about myself. This is sort of a new blog, but also, my posts go back as far as 2011! Knitkatpaddywhack is the second generation of my first blog, which was called The Knitted Kitten, and my old posts from The Knitted Kitten have migrated with me to Knitkatpaddywhack.

 

What This Blog is About

This blog is a place for me to share knitting information, techniques, tutorials, and patterns, with all of you. There are also the odd posts about spinning (like this one and this one), crochet, and other yarn crafts (like dyeing yarn). And there are a few posts (like this one from Paris and this one from England) about when I travelled around Europe chancing upon knitting stuff everywhere, and miscellany like that. I actually have another post which you can read here which outlines in more detail what you can expect from Knitkatpaddywhack.

I want to start a conversation with you about knitting and other fibre arts. Fibre artists could easily become a dying breed, lost in a techy world. Yet, there is vibrancy in the handcrafts, and I want in. Do you? Well actually, I am in, and have been since 2010 when I picked up a few how-to-knit books from my local library. My needles have scarcely stopped moving since, and now I design patterns too and would be honoured to have others knit and enjoy them. Please check out a few of my patterns which I posted previously, like the Angelfish Beanie, the Lily Earflap Hat, and the Knitted Sphere Tutorial. I have many more waiting in the wings to be edited and published for you to enjoy.

Please also join me on Ravelry, Pinterest, and Facebook.

What would you like to see on this blog? Let me know in the comments below!

That’s all from me. Peace,

Kat

Baby Dress

Hej,
Just quickly, I wanted to share a picture of a dress I recently finished for my baby niece. The pattern I used was this one, and I’m super pleased with how it turned out. As I write this, my niece is just under two months old, but the dress will be her first Birthday present from me. I’ll hopefully be able to present it to her personally. If you’re playing at home, the mummy of this baby is my sister, whom I have done some collaborative projects with and whom I mentioned in a recent post because she has her own blog. I have another niece, and also a nephew, whom I’ve mentioned on this blog too. They are equally as excellent as their little cousin.

Kat

Blogging: 30% boredom, 20% talent, 50% nepotism. Do not tumble dry.

This anonymous blogger with a sister who sounds freaking amazing wrote this great post about crochet. Just kidding, it’s my sister, and here is her post: http://landofmarj.weebly.com/the-state-of-yarn . Yes, I’m the prolific little sister who wants a sheep.

My syster’s (as they say in Sweden) blog also includes posts on other interesting topics such as parenthood (see that watermelon belly on the banner? My brand new baby niece used to live there) and terrible English usage. Our mum was an English teacher and our dad is an English person. Don’t hate us because we’re eloquent.

Paix,

The Knitted Kitten

Birth of the Meta-rabbit

Hello,
I’ve finished the first semester of my Masters and have spent the last couple of weeks doing very little psychologing (technical term), back home in South Australia. Apart from epic DVD marathons and epic naps, I’ve been doing lots of spinning. This is great because I don’t have any of my spinning gear in Hobart and I have HEAPS of fibre to spin and spinning is just awesome. And, it’s time consuming so it takes a long time to get very far with it, so it’s good I got plenty done. The most wicked and awesome bit of spinning I did was finishing spinning the yarn from my rabbit, Coal.

We’ve had Coal for about six years I’d reckon, and he was an adult when we got him, which means he is getting on in years. I love him. He’s one of the friendliest rabbits I’ve ever met and he’s also extremely cute. Here he is on a hot day when we put his hutch inside:

Also, funny story about that hutch. It broke (he has a bigger one now) and he was hopping around, and my Mum, Dad and brother (who is afraid of rabbits. He does have a good reason for it though, trust me) were all running around trying to get him out of some bushes. I came up and was like, “hey, what’s going on?” and they were like “the rabbit got out”, and then Coal hopped out of a bush and came up to us like “hey, you guys here to give me a carrot or something?”. Ok, maybe you had to be there. Point is, he’s cute.

Coal grows a thick Winter coat every year, which he for some reason sheds towards the end of Summer, leaving him with a pretty short coat in Autumn. Now that we’re a third of the way into Winter, his coat is recognisably thick again. Anyway, for the past two years (although not as conscientiously in the second year), I’ve been collecting his Winter coat as he shed it in order to turn it into yarn. As you can see, he doesn’t have very long fur. At first I tried carding the fibre, but it was too wispy. It wasn’t matted and barely contained any vegetable matter, so I just spun it with high twist, with a worsted draw, without any fibre preparation. After spinning it and setting the twist, I knitted the yarn into…a rabbit! Now I have a meta-rabbit or a double-rabbit, whichever you prefer. It is made from a knitted square from this tutorial. It was so easy! It’d be a good first pattern for a young knitter. Although when I was sewing it up, the rabbit yarn did snap every now and then, but it was all good. After I had knitted the initial square and tail (using my sphere formula), I fulled/felted the pieces a little, because, even after setting the twist in the yarn (which felts it somewhat), it still shed a bit. Overall, I am extremely happy with the meta-rabbit. Although it’ll never replace the one and only Coal, it is nice to know I’ll have something special to remember him by when he leaves us. Here is my handsome bunny rabbit with his meta-rabbit:

As you can see, the meta-rabbit is significantly lighter than Coal. This is because Coal is a smoke, meaning his fur is dark on the outside but closer to the skin it is grey. Our cats are the same. I believe the term for an animal with the same colour fur down to the skin is “self-coloured”.

When I’ve told people about the meta-rabbit, I’ve had reactions ranging from “cool!” to a bit of shock and weirdness combined with “cool!”. I totally get the weirdness of spinning your pet’s fur into a smaller version of your pet. It’s less weird than this, though. Also, a fibre-producing animal is a fibre-producing animal, whether you consider him family or not. Sometimes I think people forget that wool comes from sheep. My loved ones should remember this mini-rant when I attempt to spin human hair. It’ll probably happen eventually.

Peace,

The Knitted Kitten

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Today is my Grandma’s 90th Birthday. Unfortunately, my Grandma died in 2007, but I believe that she’s out in the universe somewhere and happy. She is the Grandma who joined the army as a teenager during WWII, but who was happy as a mother to my dad and his siblings. She is the Grandma who moved her family from the UK to Australia in the 60s, where there was no extended family. But a big one grew around her. She is the Grandma who taught my mum to cook my dad’s favourite foods. She gave my mother a geranium cutting from her house, and from that cutting my mum planted geraniums at many of the family’s properties over the years.

She is the Grandma who looked after my siblings, cousins and me after school. Potatoes and gravy? Yes please. She is the Grandma who, in her later years, would buy goodies from the cart that went around the nursing home and loaded my sister and me up with head scarves, hair clips and chocolates. I love her for all these reasons and more. One thing I’m very grateful for is that she is the Grandma who taught many children to knit, and one of them was me. I even remember her teaching me when I was about six. Thanks, Grandma, you laid the foundations for a passion which I hope I’ll do until I’m 90 and beyond.

My Knitting is Waiting!

It is a public holiday today. ANZAC Day (shout out to my brother in the navy even though he definitely won’t read this). I’m taking a short break from homework which I will be doing all day so that I can have a quick snack. My knitting has gone neglected for a couple of days out of sheer lack of time. Here is a melodramatic poem about it:


Oh, my knitting!
You sit on the shelf above me,
A half finished sheep with no face.
You are so near to me,
I could reach out and touch you,
You are so dear to me,
Kitchener-stitched to my heart.
But you are so far from me!
Oh, so far!
For my homework forbids me
From an extended time of bliss
From the first purl, I am well aware
That our meetings are brief.
The parting is so hard
That I rarely take you up,
Though I wish to so much.
I can therefore only wait
Until the semester draws to an end
And I can pick you up again
And give the sheep a face.