Well learn to knit I did! Mostly with the help of my trusty friend youtube but also with the invaluable help of my Mum (who actually recently corrected my casting on method meaning I now never cast on too tight hurrah!).
My first real project was a scarf, but after that with the small amount of confidence I'd gained I decided to try some handwarmers. They were very very simple but I was hugely proud of them when I'd completed them and once again I had the satisfaction of actually finishing something and being able to wear them.
Spurred on with the success of my first handwarmers I decided to try again. This time I got a little bit braver and decided to try something that I loved but also scared me... cables! Once again, with the help of good old youtube I learnt to cable and made these.
Seriously, I love these so much. Again, these were relatively simple as they are essenitally just rectangles that are seamed up the side with a gap for the thumb. I always have cold hands and these have been worn a lot!
Sadly I forgot to take a photo when they were all shiny and new and this photo of was taken when they were starting to look a little bit worse for wear.
So, I decided to try something new for my latest pair of handwarmers. Knitting in the round! I've tried DPN's (double pointed needles) and hated them. I felt like I was trying to knit with a million legged spider and the final straw came when I dropped my working needle and all my stitches fell off. I gave up!
However, you can also knit in the round using circular needles (basically two normal needles with a plastic cable connecting them) and I decided to have a go using the magic loop method. So I looked it up on youtube (you can see a bit of a pattern emerging here can't you?) and had a go and finally I made something from my original knitting list... Fetchings!
I finished these today and I love them. It's the most popular pattern on Ravelry and best of all it's free!