Purls of wis­dom

New knit­ter Kath Garner tries chunky nee­dles and dis­cov­ers a new world!

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Kath Garner dis­cov­ers chunky yarn.

Look out for more of Kath’s won­der­ful knit­ting ad­ven­tures in fu­ture is­sues of Sim­ply Knit­ting. If you’re a be­gin­ner knit­ter let us know about all your spe­cial knits by email or snail mail at VJG!WUWCN!CFFTGUUGU!s![QW!ECP!"PF! them on page 45.

You’re not ex­actly ad­ven­tur­ous!” Ac­com­plished Knit­ter stated. “Same size nee­dles, same wool, same stitches. Isn’t it time you pushed the bound­aries?” I hate to ad­mit it, but she’s right, again! I have limited my­self to dou­ble knit­ting yarn, size 4 or 5mm nee­dles and up and down knit­ting.


There is a rea­son of course. It is sim­ple, straight­for­ward and as I al­ways end up mak­ing mis­takes with easy knit­ting, why put my­self through the mis­ery of some­thing more com­pli­cated? But then again, if I’m to im­prove then it is time to push those bound­aries and set my­self a chal­lenge.


Scour­ing the in­ter­net I came across a suit­able pat­tern – still straight knit­ting but chunky wool and 12mm nee­dles and what fun it proved to be. Chunky wool and chunky nee­dles make for a very fast grow­ing gar­ment! I loved the colour, a beau­ti­ful deep red, and even Ac­com­plished Knit­ter was im­pressed by the speed of my achieve­ment. She was even more im­pressed a few `>ÞÃ"#>ÌiÀ"Ì$"w%`"&i"'%(ÌÌ(%}"Ü(Ì)"Ì)i" gor­geous Wild Cat wool I dis­cov­ered months ago. It’s the same shape and length but uses smaller nee­dles and a mix of knit and purl to cre­ate a fab soft and cud­dly sil­ver grey item.


By now, I was ac­tively en­joy­ing ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent-sized nee­dles and wool types. Next was a bright blue, mod­er­ately chunky wool and 22mm nee­dles! I’d spot­ted the wool on the shelf and dis­cov­ered a sim­ple pat­tern on the la­bel. I soon got my head around wrap­ping the yarn twice around the nee­dle and drop­ping the ex­tra stitches to cre­ate a to­tally dif­fer­ent pat­tern. With such big nee­dles and such big holes (in­tended ones v$À"$%Vi®]"Ì)(Ã"Ü>Ã"w%(Ã)i`"(%VÀi`(L#Þ" quickly – progress was be­ing made!


“Another?” ques­tioned Ac­com­plished Knit­ter rais­ing a quizzi­cal eye­brow. “One can never have too many,” was my tart re­sponse. My next chal­lenge, a blue frill-ef­fect wool, needed a call to A&E Knit­ter to set me off, but by now I was on a roll. I’d dis­cov­ered a soft che­nille wool with another la­bel pat­tern – it was be­com­ing a bit of a habit! This Ì(&i]")$ÜiÛiÀ]"*"Ü>Ã"&$ÃÌ"`iw%(Ìi#Þ" yÕ&&$Ýi`">%`"&Þ"V>##Ã"Ì$",E-".%(ÌÌiÀ" went unan­swered. What was I to do?


I’m not sure the lady who called to dis­cuss re-up­hol­ster­ing my din­ing room chairs ini­tially knew quite what was hap­pen­ing when she was fran­ti­cally quizzed about knit­ting! Thank­fully she found it amus­ing and was quickly re­leased once she had started me off.


The Ac­com­plished Knit­ter was suit­ably im­pressed with my achieve­ments. And yes, as she pointed out, I do now have wÛi"ÃV>ÀÛiÃ"Ü)(V)"(Ã"«iÀ)>«Ã"À>Ì)iÀ">" lot for one per­son, but it does mean I have one to go with ev­ery outer gar­ment that I own! “It’s just this one I’m not sure of, “she said point­ing to a very wide item in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent colours. “Ah,” was my cryp­tic re­sponse. “That one’s a lit­tle bit spe­cial.” But that’s another story!

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