If I had to sum up the most important things in my life (things, not people) I would say: writing, tea and knitting. I drink a lot of tea, I do a lot of knitting, and I write about both. I write about other things too, but I’ll be writing about knitting on this blog and here is where I write about the quest for the best cup of tea.
The very first thing I knitted was a tiny red cape for one of my Duplo people. I can’t remember how old I was, but maybe about four or five. I think my mother had hoped I’d get hooked and continue into a scarf, but a red cape was enough for me.
A decade later I picked up the needles again and started on a scarf. A decade after that I was still knitting scarves, but then I met the Outcasts (who always have a pot of tea on the table) and realised something with shaping might not be that scary. Nowadays I try to remember to be a fearless knitter and knit things that I would want to wear after I finish them, rather than just things I think look easy. Though I still knit scarves, I like scarves.
I believe that making anything from scratch helps to ground you and teaches you to take pleasure in the smaller things that fill life every day. I think knitting, like writing, can be a form of meditation. I try to be an evangelical knitter and pass on the craft to anyone who shows an interest.
Knitting also allows me to watch a lot of TV and be productive at the same time. Top TV to knit to:
- Agatha Christie’s Marple
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot
- The Gilmore Girls
- Midsomer Murders
- Pie in the Sky
All very good for knitting. Make sure you have a cup of tea with it as well.