Your knowledge will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

Awesome Star Trek references aside, on Saturday I learnt how to knit – from one seriously talented knitter whose work I’ve admired from afar for a long, loooong time.
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Yeah, I totally know you can jump on youtube and have someone, somewhere show you the basics and even the complexes. But I like learning on demand from real live people, plus the chance to chat to humans of the same sex as me in real time! I don’t get to do that enough. Throw in the ability to support a new, Melbourne based creative initiative – the Handmaker’s Factory? I’m there.

IMG_5263I’ve been buying skeins of gorgeously coloured wool every now and again, but they’ve just been shamefully accumulating in a box. Then I keep seeing creations like this:

Jorth’s green knitted dress – amazing!

and then this…

and then I started following Kate Davies Designs (oh, how I love posts seen through the eyes of Bruce! This one is my favourite) and the jealousy just got too much.

This knitting thing was a skill I simply had to acquire - by force, if necessary. And who better to learn from than the very person who inspired my covetous jealousy in the first place? Thankyou, Jorth.

I can now cast on, knit, purl, increase and decrease, decipher the obscure hieroglyphics that make up a knitting pattern and cast off, all without swearing and having to make reference to instructions. Go me.

Having moved down the beginners sewing learning curve already, I am vaguely aware that I’m not going to be able to produce the magnificence shown above straight away.

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JuliaBobbin and I get busy knitting

But just you wait.

In the mean time, I’ve succumbed and signed up to Ravelry. I envisage plenty of cold winter nights comfy on the couch with a cup of tea and some clack-clack-clacking. See you in knitting land!