Wednesday, 13 April 2011
K is for .....Knitting
I learned to knit as a child, having excellent role models in my Mother, Aunt and Grandmother. In those days it was not so much about ‘fashion’ as ‘frugality’!
Over the years I've tried knitting most things - I knitted baby clothes as and when they were required for work colleagues and friends and when my own babies arrived they had their fair share of ‘picture’ jumpers!
Also a 'Thomas the Tank Engine' for my son - he had a TT plastic shape-sorter that he would try to take to bed, so I measured it up and recreated it in wool - much more snuggly.
As a joke, I knitted a pair of 'ruby slippers' for my 'Wizard of Oz'-mad daughter, in sparkly red 'eyelash' yarn, complete with anti-slip soles especially for the laminate flooring in her flat!
A couple of years ago I decided to have a go at sock knitting.
I frequently have several projects on the ‘go’ - currently: baby clothes for a Chinese orphanage, a jacket for myself, a pair of socks (something easy to take to ‘knitting club’!), and my son wants a hat with earflaps!!
Knitting is a great way of freeing my mind to think through plots – if I’m not knitting, then I’m usually writing, often crime/thriller fiction. This earned me the nickname ‘Knitting Assassin' (thankyou David Barber!) and by way of a tie-in, here’s a knitting-themed short story 'Stitch and Bitch' - hope you enjoy it!
Now, where did I put those needles.......? ;-p