Last Friday afternoon it poured down with rain which called for cosiness and spoiling yourself a bit. Miss 14-year-old and I had just got back from her fitness class and we decided to treat ourselves to coffee and our current favourite of a dark chocolate Kit Kat, shared. We settled down for a peaceful time together and looked through one of my favourite knitting pattern books.
Knitting is making a comeback in popularity and is the new cool craft. I have taught all my children to knit – girls and boys. It kept fidgety boys still while I read to them when they were small, and they made little things like nice bookmarks for their sisters for birthday presents. The girls carried on knitting as they got older and tried knitting garments for their dolls, and later for themselves, their baby or even their nephew. I like to knit on long car journeys, while watching television or chatting with friends, or listening to an audio book. I go for reasonably simple patterns; ones that I can pick up and knit at any time, rather than ones that need my full attention.
I have some very beautiful knitting books (like Weekend Knitting) on my book shelf that I love to turn to for inspiration when I want to knit for my family. They are a good investment, I think, because they serve a dual purpose. First I get a lot of pleasure from browsing through the books like I did last week with my daughter, and then I also find that having good books on my own book shelf, and so always available to me means that I do use them when I need a good pattern. And after last week’s browse I now have two new projects on the go!