Knitting together

This week I went on a knitting course! Two and a half hours to sit and knit in a nice place with nice cake and learn something new with other people who like to do that too. Very lucky me! The course was held at Stitch Solihull which opened about a month after we moved here. I was very excited when I heard it was opening and I was right to be! Not only is it a five minute drive from my house, they stock a whole range of really beautiful yarns, fibre, books, notions, and a heap of nice stuff for other crafty hobbies too. They’ve gone for a niche market; posh, fancy or special yarns, often hand dyed and including yarns and fibres they dye themselves. Just my kind of place.

They have recently started running a wide range of courses and the one I attended was Fair Isle (or technically colour work). I reckon you can learn most crafting techniques through YouTube, but it’s so much more fun learning and knitting with other people, and I think you learn more quickly too. Certainly I was surprised by what we managed to achieve in just a couple of hours, and somehow it didn’t seem nearly as tricky as I was expecting. I mean, it was tricky, but the other knitter on the course (there were two of us) knitted at almost exactly the same speed as me so it seemed like I was making good progress.

Here’s what I made:

Interesting to see how different my tension is with the colour bit. I’ll definitely need more practice before I can knit a cardigan but that’s ok, I have plenty more projects to complete first and I don’t want to break the rules.

I found it surprisingly compelling doing colour work. I guess I felt like I’m beginning to get the hang of it and I want to capitalise on that. Also watching the patterns appear is exciting. A lot like knitting lace but in a different sort of way.

The course was excellent value. £25 for 2.5 hours, with delicious cake and lots of drinks along the way. And a big treat at the end which was very unexpected; we had each selected three colours to knit with, all new balls and with new sets of knitpro needles, and at the end of the course we got to keep the lot! It was like a little present at the end!

Last week we spent the week in Cornwall staying with my aunt. She’s a big knitter, unlike most of my family despite all my persistent evangelising. Most evenings we sat down and got out our knitting together. It was really great! I haven’t much been able to fit in knit and natter groups, but it was really nice to knit with someone else, time to talk together, time to knit together. The course was the same sort of experience. Sometimes it’s just nice to knit with other people.

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