Back in May I shared with you my Mittspirations post - which came out of my actual need to have a pair of fingerless gloves for winter, since my old faithful pair vanished off the face of the earth (8 weeks later and they’re still MIA).
Eventually, as the weather continued to get colder and darker, practical needs completely outweighed any fancy schemes to spend time making something a little more intricate, challenging or beautiful - and I simply needed a pair of gloves ASAP! And so for the first time I set about knitting something out of NEED rather than DESIRE.
Every year, without fail, the doldrum-inducing qualities of June creeps up on me and knocks me sideways. Here in Aotearoa we tend to think of July and August as ‘peak winter’ but, for many of us, June is the one that’s hardest to get through.
If, like me, you feel this way - rest assured you're not alone or imagining it - you too have a case of the SAD's (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Thankfully, knitting is here to help!
When I first got the Quintessential Cardigan pattern in my hands, and I had a read though the beginning sections, a set of instructions jumped out at me, almost right away, that set my heart racing and filled me with dread.
It was a very intense looking SPECIAL TECHNIQUE disclaimer and instruction - the technique itself goes on to take up a quarter page of explanation on the following page.
The brand-new-to-me special technique that I was about to be introduced to, very early in this new cardigan project, was the CLIP AND TURN.
Last week I introduced to you my latest project that I’m going to make - the Quintessential Cardigan - my first full scale garment in DK weight yarn, and one that I know is going to take me some time to complete!
To track my progress, and share with you my learnings on this leap of a project, full of lots of firsts for me, I wanted to keep a project diary to share with you where I'm at each week and what I’ve encountered on my way. It’s my way to make beginners knitting more accessible, relatable and show you what it’s really like, if like me, you are learning this craft but can feel a little overwhelmed at times by the sheer talent of everyone and the intricacies of the patterns that we come across, and endless photos of beautifully completed projects that makes you feel THAT WILL NEVER BE ME!
So let’s get started!
If you’ve been following my knitting journey this year you’ll know that I’ve gone from complete knitter newbie, having never picked up a set of needles before, and where it took me numerous attempts over multiple days to cast on ten stitches, to dipping my toes into the world of projects via my first make - the Skyping Beanie.
In the past few months, via the splendour of chunky yarn, I found my knitting mojo, ignited the flames of new craft passion. Since then I have been working very happily with the Lissy Cole Auaha Haukura yarn range to steadily knock out my next few projects - including my first large scale garments - working though the Good Night, Day collection - The Kingston Sweater, Carlisle Cardigan and Aiki Seeded Rib Scarf.
However this whole time it’s been in the back of my mind that I’ve been playing in the baby pool. Paddling in safe, warm and shallow waters where I now find myself quite comfortable. And there’s nothing wrong with that - I could happily stay in that shallow end for quite some time. However with these recent projects under my belt, and my eye firmly on knitting future that involves being able to someday make a fantastical West Knit pattern - I know I have to pull on my big girl pants, leave the safety of the shallow end, and get back onto the DK yarn train if I’m to continue to grow and evolve as a knitter.
Which leads me to introducing to you my next project - the Quintessential Cadigan.
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!