Purls of wisdom
New knitter Kath Garner tries chunky needles and discovers a new world!
Kath Garner discovers chunky yarn.
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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.
EASY WINS AGAIN
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.
THE SEARCH BEGINS
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$"w%`"&i"'%(ÌÌ(%}"Ü(Ì)"Ì)i" gorgeous Wild Cat wool I discovered months ago. It’s the same shape and length but uses smaller needles and a mix of knit and purl to create a fab soft and cuddly silver grey item.
NEW NEEDLES, NEW WORLD
By now, I was actively enjoying experimenting with different-sized needles and wool types. Next was a bright blue, moderately chunky wool and 22mm needles! I’d spotted the wool on the shelf and discovered a simple pattern on the label. I soon got my head around wrapping the yarn twice around the needle and dropping the extra stitches to create a totally different pattern. With such big needles and such big holes (intended ones v$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?
NO NEED TO CALL 999…
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.
FIVE SCARVES, TOO MUCH?
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!