Are you a knitter? It seems that lots of artists knit – printmakers seem particularly drawn to knitting . . . is it the meticulous repetition, I wonder?
I knit purely for pleasure – I get lulled into a cosy stuper by the rhythm of knitting; not a mindless state, no, you need to use bits of your brain: counting, choosing colours – it's creative but therapeutic.
Last winter I was looking for interesting knitting patterns on the web (admit it, I bet that a few of you have done that) and I came across Cranford Mitts – the pattern had been generously donated by Jane Lithgow to p/hop . . . that's "pennies per hours of pleasure" – a clever fundraising idea for Médecins Sans Frontières which was the brain child of knitter and dyer Natalie Fergie. It's such a simple idea – you can download free patterns or swap free yarn and in return for the hours of pleasure gained, you give a donation to MSF via the p/hop Just Giving site. Simples!
So I had my pattern and I'd given a donation . . . I needed some yarn; I had a look at Natalie's web site The Yarn Yard, ooooo! it's full of scrummy coloured yarn!!! And they have such imaginative names (I like that) – I chose Velvet and Spicebox in a gorgeous soft Merino sock wool.
There was loads of yarn left over . . . ahaaa! I had a cunning plan . . . matching socks!
And, as there was still a little yarn left (and I was well and truly back into the knitting-zone) I went for a rummage in my stash of balls of wool – this stash goes back to my youth! But you just never know when a ball of wool, however small, will come in useful . . . I found enough balls of soft greys, fawns, terracotta and heather to knit a cardi :-)
I really enjoy making up repeated patterns and working with stripes so this was my idea of knitting heaven; and those beautiful ceramic buttons I bought from from Catherine Daniel finish it off just perfectly!
Now, I need a new knitting project, what luck that I bought that chunky felted yarn last week – that will be a nice little quick knit; and after that . . . well I've treated myself to some of Natalie's gorgeous Lace Yarn – I'll show you when I've finished, but it may take some time.