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  1. Happy Knitting Alison!
    I adore that picture at the top of your post…the colours are fantastic! Good luck with your Cath Kidston knitting kit. I bought the crochet one and am not that impressed with the acrylic yarn, it splits too easily. Very fustrating. I must admit that I find 100% wool more forgiving and more satisfying at the end of a project. But CK colours are great 🙂

  2. OOOh gill, that is the exact problem I have been having: the wool splits! I thought it was just me being inept…

  3. I am a knitalohic. I took a class last summer and haven’t been able to put it down since. My best friend and i call ourslves the knitwits. Tell me, are the cute little clippers with the flowers on them (in your instagram life post) handknit? If so, can you tell me where to find the pattern?

  4. Oh, Alison, you have no idea what you have let yourself in for. Alice Starmore and Nancy Bush lurk around the next corner. If you decide to try knitting a project with cables and get your self a cable needle or hook, for the love of God get one of those little elastic loop things that are usually used to hold the temple pieces of eyeglasses, some glass faceted beads and other goodies, some string wire at the bead store and make yourself a pretty necklace that will come down past the middle of your chest, with the loopy thing in the middle of your design. Now when you are finished with using your cable needle for the row, you can just slip it into the loop and it will be securely held. If you don’t make something like this to hold it between use, I will guarantee that it will be constantly slipping down the sides of your chair or between the sofa cushions.
    Also please fix the color combination in the comment boxes. White on light gray is almost impossible to read and thus tell what is typed. I had to open Notepad to type this comment.
    Have fun knitting.

  5. Oh, Alison, you have no idea what you have let yourself in for. Alice Starmore and Nancy Bush lurk around the next corner. If you decide to try knitting a project with cables and get your self a cable needle or hook, for the love of God get one of those little elastic loop things that are usually used to hold the temple pieces of eyeglasses, some glass faceted beads and other goodies, some string wire at the bead store and make yourself a pretty necklace that will come down past the middle of your chest, with the loopy thing in the middle of your design. Now when you are finished with using your cable needle for the row, you can just slip it into the loop and it will be securely held. If you don’t make something like this to hold it between use, I will guarantee that it will be constantly slipping down the sides of your chair or between the sofa cushions.
    Also please fix the color combination in the comment boxes. White on light gray is almost impossible to read and thus tell what is typed. I had to open Notepad to type this comment.
    Have fun knitting.

  6. Don't you fret, lovey! Knitting, once you stop needing to spend ages working out just where you were each time you pick it up, becomes something you can just pick up and put down and do for a few minutes and while you watch tv and so on. Honestly, it comes pretty quickly, being able to knit a row without looking at each stitch!
    Ravelry, on the other hand, is completely addictive and sucks the time out of your life like a vampire sucking your lifeblood… but I wouldn't be without it!
    Also, knitting is immensely soothing. Really. It is therapeutic and many of us will head for the knitting in times of trouble to "knit on it for a while" and find suddenly we have made a decision, or worked out what to do, or whatever was needed to soothe our troubled brows.
    And it's so portable, so you can knit on buses, trains, in waiting-rooms…
    And just THINK of the adorable sweaters you can knit for Finn… original designs by you!
    And the cosy socks for padding around the house after a bath… maybe a little duck-egg blue soft cashmere? Pale lilac fluffy angora? Sturdy pure-wool boot-socks in cheerful warming stripes for wearing in winter inside your wellies!
    (Check out New Lanark for the very best, incredibly cheap, lovely Scottish wool online – I use it all the time, even if it is handwash… that just means I get to add a few drops of essential oil and a teaspoon of glycerine to soften the wool and scent it gently in the final rinse – lavender for bedsocks, rosemary for bootsocks, rose for summer lacy socks…)
    Welcome to our world, Alison – you'll be so glad you came in…
    Laura_Elsewhere

  7. Oooh! I love knit wise, such a sweet shop. Have you seen some of the wool from lazy kate http://www.etsy.com/shop/lazykate?section_id=10065440 who runs spinning classes there (not the energetic kind though!) Beautiful. 
     
    I am a fairly new knitter and managed to whip up a beautiful shawl using this ravelry pattern.
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/3s-shawl, it is a lovely simple pattern and you can freestyle with the lacey bits which keeps it interesting. I wear mine lots and am going to make another one with some custom yarn lazy kate has made especially for me! 
     
    Happy knitting! 

  8. Congrats Alison! Loved this post and all the photos…..it’s a good addiction.  I can only think that Richard will think you are even more amazing !  My hubby told me the other day as I was knitting..”that is just genius how you weave all those knots together ” .  Watching TV or a movie with husbands as we knit is a little tricky but manageable . Be sure you sit right beside him and always say yes when he asks did you hear that or did you see that  ( this will be asked several times ) . When asked ” did you see that ‘?  Say yes, stop knitting for a few seconds or  a minute and just look at the tv or movie untill you can tell he is not looking at you…then proceed to knit. Trust me, when they ask “did you see that” , they will be watching you until you stop and look up.With some patterns and experience you will be able to knit without hardly ever having to look down at your work – thus impressing them all the more,  Children seem to be more impressed with this one. 
    Happy knitting Alison – can’t wait to see a photo of your scarf ! 
    All things are possible when you own a cat !  – love your blog even more now!

  9. Oh Alison, that’s wonderful! After learning several times as a child I picked knitting back up a few years ao and now can’t stop. I’ve had good luck buying yarn at a local craft supply shop that seems to get all the discontinued ends at a decent price. I really recommend knitpicks.com too for good quality wool and cotton at a reasonable price. I don’t know what shipping would be to the UK though. It’s always been very reasonable to Canada, surprisingly so actually. As for time? The other posters are right, it’s something you can pick up and put down. I love to knit while watching TV with my husband. I live in a larger city and take transit, and knit on the bus and train. I knit while waiting at the doctors office. I even take my knitting to concerts, which occasionally leads to some amusement as I produce most of a sock in the span of the evening. The portability is useful.

  10. I’m so glad you’ve learned! I love knitting. I learned so that I could knit my own sweaters. Then fell in love with knitting socks. I adore knitting socks.

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