As I’m sure you have picked up in my previous posts about my making the Kingston Sweater, Tara-Lynn Morrison’s Good Night, Day has been my knitting awakening.
These are patterns that are designed to be simple, minimalistic, accessible, size-inclusive and take a more holistic approach to the creative process in the way they are designed to be like a meditation, a launch point for your own ideas and creativity - leaving you free to express yourself with colour schemes, customised sizing, length and proportion, and optional embellishments.
We all have sets of fashion rules imprinted in our heads that we carry with us every day, whether we know it or not. They’ve come from the media, magazines, our friends and family - passed down through the years and generations like sniggering little urban legends. Yet no matter how hard we work on ourselves, where we’re at in our lives, those fashion rules live on, quietly negging us, telling us what to wear and how to be.
Well, today I say ENOUGH! It’s time to cancel, mute and forget those fashion rules once and for all - and in doing so, you might just open up a whole new world when it comes to your future knitting projects and how you see yourself!
I feel incredibly jubilant today, for I am here to share with you that:
That’s six whole milestones and revelations! Things I never really thought I could do, and that seemed ridiculously impossible when I started writing for Outlaw Yarn as a brand new, beginner, knitter!
I remember when I first started Never Been Knit and Ethan said to me that I’ll be knitting jumpers within six months and I thought he was being very kind to me, and maybe overestimating my abilities! I couldn’t even cast on and the idea that I would knit so many stitches that it would make anything, let alone something I could put on and enjoy as a key part of an outfit.
But here I am - sweater completed! A couple of posts ago I shared with you my progress to date making the Kingston Sweater - and my journey very much continued on this trajectory. I took me two weeks to make this project, in total.
Kia ora! Welcome back to Never Been Knit where I share with you my stories of being a newbie knitter and explore the fabulous world of yarn crafts and knitted garments!
As you’ll know from my last post, I’ve been steadily working away on my second-ever project - the Kingston Sweater. As I’m nearing the completion of it I’ve been thinking a lot about my knitting journey so far, and reflecting on what I've learnt, and what I’d tell me of 4 months ago, when I first picked up some needles and yarn, having never made a stitch in my life. It was a daunting time!
Whilst my skills are still rudimentary, and every session with my needles is a lesson full of trials and errors, I think it’s nice to be able to acknowledge what I have picked up and what tip and tricks have made my journey easier - and it's nice to be able to share these with other beginners, so that you know you're not alone in feeling quite 'ummm....what am I doing here' so much of the time!
In today's post I thought I’d share with my 5 tips for beginner knitters, things that I have figured out along the way that have really been game-changers in terms of my skills, confidence and attitudes towards knitting. And if you are reading this post because you too are thinking of learning to knit, I urge you to simply start! You'll never know until you try and the learning process has been one of the most fun parts of this journey - so I help these tips help you. Good luck!
A couple of posts ago I was very excited to share with you the completely delightful new Lissy Cole Auaha Haukara collection of chunky yarns and revealed to you that I would be starting my second ever knitted project - the Kingston Sweater by Tara-Lynn Morrison.
Having only ever knitted one thing before, I am aware that some may consider a whole-ass jumper a little ambitious....but what can I say? Your gal has gall!
So this week I wanted to give you an update on where I'm at with the project and how it's been going! Here at Never Been Knit I'm all about the realism - the warts-and-all processes. I know myself that when I'm new at something, I hate seeing everyone else making everything sound easy and never sharing the craft bloopers so to speak. So it's important to me I share the process and journey with you!
I'm Lou, an Ōtautahi based personal stylist and craft-lover, and this is Never Been Knit - my journey from complete knitting virgin to...well, let's find out together!