Hello World!

Today I write my first post on this website in what I hope to be the first of many posts I share with you in my journey of knitting. I intend to keep it light and informal, and nothing I say is meant to cause offence to any person dead or alive (phew! Disclaimer done). You are free to comment, suggest, opine and even mock anything I say here. I do reserve the right to not answer – I am a lawyer after all. I’m all for free speech, but just to keep tempers cool all around in this heat, I say let’s keep it civil guys!

Back to knitting then. One may be tempted to ask why of all things knitting. I mean we do have just two, at best three months of winter here. No sooner do you air your woolens, that it’s time to shelve them again. There are also those deeply distressing memories of bulky, slightly shapeless – remember no offence meant – hand knit sweaters that were de riguer when we were growing up. You may ask if you really want to bring those back in fashion. Most importantly, isn’t baking artisanal bread the IN thing to do this lock down season?

To all you doubters and naysayers, I say you’ve got it all wrong! Oh, times they have changed greatly from when we were kids – and here I refer to my generation i.e. the 80s kids. Knitting is no longer just about sweaters and mufflers – in fact it’s no longer even just about wool. They call it YARN these days folks and that comes in all shapes and sizes. Think cotton, think silk – there is even such a thing as T-Shirt yarn. Hell, you even have the exotic sounding PLARN which is nothing more than yarn made out of waste plastic bags. Not to say that wool has taken a backseat in any way. There are even more varieties available now – gorgeous wools like mohair, alpaca, merino, angora – the list is endless.

And there are all sorts of things you can knit with that aforementioned yarn. Skirts, ties, knit tops, delicate lace shawls, hats, mittens, scarves, bracelets, boots, cushions, blankets, table runners, bags, clutches, rugs, you name it. There are hundreds of patterns and tutorials available on the internet to teach you whatever you want to make and any technique you want to learn. 

In light of which, I say why not knitting! It’s simple, creative, productive, engaging and best of all it can be done ONE KNIT AT A TIME!

~P

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