At Christmas my niece, Alice Lindsell, was given a knitting kit to knit of all extraordinary things a cover for your Starbucks takeaway coffee. Seeing her complete it I suddenly realised this would be something I would love to do.
So straight off to John Lewis, picked up a Rowan Kitting Pattern for a type of beanie and within 2 days I had my own kitted hat! I was chuffed beyond belief. It is pure wool, the colours of my choice and as cosy as anything and cost me £10. Rowan seem to have the best selection of patterns and wool, although there is a great selection in general on the market. As I spend much of my day with my glasses on I find my eyes are tired at the end of the day and the last thing I want to do is read. I can do the kitting without my glasses so this is the most ideal hobby for me.
Since then I have knitted myself a dark marine blue tank top. Yes a tank top! I was inspired by a friend of mine who bought one back from Montenegro. I have to admit it looks very hand made but not such a bad thing in a world where everything is churned out without a hint of love or care.
I am now kitting what the pattern calls a Tankini. Its a pair of shorts with a crop top to match knitted in cotton for balmy summer days. I must add this is a present for someone young and lithe, not for myself. I have discovered vintage patterns on Etsy and highly recommend 2ndLookVintage for a great choice.
Next on the list is a great little kitted waistcoat I found years ago at French Connection. I have copied the pattern and reckon most of my family will be getting one of these next Christmas. If not this waistcoat certainly something else I have kitted.
I am loving it. John Lewis have a great selection of yarns. It is not an expensive hobby to take up and is extremely satisfying. Whenever I come across a stitch or instruction I don’t understand I go straight to You Tube where there are countless easy video tutorials to watch and within no time I am off again.
It is only since starting knitting that I have realise it is the preferred past time of catwalk models like Cara Delevingne. They have got it spot on, it can engross you for hours and I dare say that is whats needed before you get to strut your stuff on the catwalk.
For those interested there is a wonderful campaign called Campaign for Wool. Follow them on Facebook or check out their site to see some incredible creations. I have a feeling this new found love is, not before too long, be appearing somewhere in my online store, CeliaLindsell.com
So its a big thank you to my niece Alice and to whoever gave her the kitting kit that inspired me so much to get going. I highly recommend the hobby to one and all, it also has great health benefits which you can read about here.