a bit knitty

Sources: 1. Hooray Cardigan by Veera Välimäk, 2. Folded by Veera Välimäki 3. Sweet Vanilla Tunic by Veera Välimäki, 4. Tea Leaves Cardigan by MadelineTosh, 5. Camilla Pullover by Quince & Co, 6. Anabel Sweater by Quince & Co.

I want to knit.
Like I really really want to knit.

the above statement may not seem that ludicrous to you, but trust me it is... See I have always been a bit of crochet-exclusive. Maybe it was because my first adventures in knitting when I was 7 or 8 went like this:
Mum casts me on to make a nice, simple scarf
I end up with a wondefully, holely, wonky triangle.
My grandma sews it into a tea cozy in an attempt to cheer my defeated spirit.
I do not speak of knitting again.

Forward a few years as a 11 year old I am taught crochet granny squares. And love it! Though still to this day my technique is bizarre, it is fast (for me) and efficient. From when I started learning to crochet I have made one or two simple things every winter, and in recent years progressed onto baby clothes, shoes, hats, mittens, adornments and more recently clothes.

I have also amassed an impressive amount of yarn.

Yet the desire to trade in hook for needles has not even slightly tempted me. There was one occasion three years ago my dear friend Anna gave me a pattern for a 1940s knitted hat which was too gorgeous not to try - which I half completed in pea green wool (hole-free) - and then moved on...

To my discovery of Japanese crochet books! Which reignited my love of the superior yarn-craft of crochet. Knitting was too slow and wool-consuming I told myself!

And then so it happened maybe a week or twrice ago I was on ravelry, getting my yarn fix when suddenly a little spark grew inside me - a desire, a longing - to knit. I admit I was wooed by all the beautifully knitted garments you see above.

But to actually want to knit myself?
thats just crazy talk.

Here I am in the sweaty heat of summertime when usually wool is far away as possible from my hands, and I want to wrap myself up in its 4 or 6 or 8 ply strands and knit a sweater. Maybe it has something to do with moving to france where I will actually
feel a cold winter, and instincts for staying warm and hibernating are kicking in.

maybe its just what I thought, an unexplainable treason to the "other side" of the yarn world.

I have decided to embark on my first real knitting project - the simple sweater pictured last. It was designed by the aptly named "Quince and Co". I will update my progress, and whether I am truly converted in the coming weeks/months... the yarn is called "clay" - but it looks more quincey to me.
all that said, the hooks are still best.

over and out,
from the
crochet *come knitty* lady