Knit one, purl one

I am moving house soon and have been spending a lot of time trying to reduce the clutter as our new house is a little smaller than our current one. Over the last 25 years a bag full of knitting samples has moved from house to house with us only to be put in the loft each time. I made these samples as part of the final year of my degree so they have a great deal of sentimental value. I  have also kept them as I told myself they might come in useful one day - even though after 25 years the only time I have ever used them has been when I look through them while packing for each house move! 

For this move I am trying to be a little more ruthless than usual so I knew that I was going to have to get rid of them this time around. After all if I have never used them in 25 years the likelihood of me using them again has got to be small particularly as I knit very little knowadays. Even when I knitted a lot I still didn't refer to the samples although I did use the books I got them from a great deal. My compromise therefore was to keep the books and get rid of the samples! I have kept all of my needles and other bits of knitting equipment. 

Finding these samples made me think about why I stopped knitting so much. I don't think there was a particular reason; my interest in textiles is far reaching and on reflection I have liked to learn new techniques but simply don't have time to maintain all of them. This means I get focused on a new technique for a couple of years and when I reach a high level of skill I get itchy feet to learn a new one.

I learnt to knit as a child and was taught by my mum. For many people that skill has skipped a generation as for a while it wasn't seen as 'cool'. With the revival of an interest in craft skills there has been a resurgence of interest in knitting so many people are looking for good sources of information on how to teach themselves. 

As knitting was in my mind this week I noticed a couple of related websites. I have flagged up  http://dailyknittingvideos.com/ just in case my interest in knitting grows again. It has loads of 'how to' videos as well as free patterns and general tips and ideas. It even has yoga exercises for when you get tired arms and wrists which is something I used to experience a lot! 

I also came across the finalists for the knitting awards at the Knitting and Stitching Show. There are some inspirational pieces of work which really show what amazing things you can do with knitting http://www.ukhandknitting.com/KTA_showcase_2012.php

On the fun side take a look at this clock that knits as time passes http://inhabitat.com/365-knitting-clock-tells-the-time-by-spotted-at-milan-salone-satellite/ or this rocking chair that knits as you rock http://inhabitat.com/brilliant-rocking-knit-chair-creates-winter-hats-while-you-sit/

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