Stripy things are good too.

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.

Tea and knitting, all in one perfect package

Knitting also allows me to watch a lot of TV and be productive at the same time. Top TV to knit to:

  • Neighbours
  • 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.