In work - Cosmic CAL blanket
Knitting etc

Rainbow Socks , Hats, Scarves etc...
Charity knitting & crochet..
Critter Crafts ...
My first exposure to knitting was watching my grandmother's fingers flying away making a jumper and having been amazed at what I saw, was doubly amazed when I saw my mother doing something similar later that same winter!  I was probably about 6yrs old and asked to be taught.  Hours of patient instruction later, as winter turned to spring, I apparently announced that i didn't want to knit - it was much more fun playing outside, climbing trees, going to the beach.

Years later I am at university and suddenly acquire a "knitting-bug" and make myself an extraordinarily multi-coloured long cardigan.  Looking back I am impressed.. it really was intricate.  Not sure what happened to it.  Fortunately the "bug" lasted long enough for me to finish the job and vanishes again.

Even more years later I inflict a couple of jumpers on my, then toddler, godson - Aran style - and again just manage to get the projects completed before total disinterest kicks in!
Socks that went to Sweden
Finally... after my fingers start to stiffen following the arrival of neuro symptoms in 2006 and physio exercises aren't really helping with fine dexterity I hit upon the idea of  knitting - it has to be something small enough and light enough that my arms can cope with (lifting anything makes muscles scream and ligaments protest!) and so... sock knitting begins, along with the occasional crochet project or knitted dog jumper.  

It turns out that knitting and crochet are not only therapeutic and good wrist/hand exercise, but can also provide a way for those mostly housebound or no longer able to engage actively in society to contribute to charities and gain a sense of self-worth.  

A high point, nearly a decade ago now, when I could still get out/about, was getting to the Campaign for Wool's 2013 Exhibition at Somerset House, London, where I tried Fair Isle knitting for the first time, thank you Sandra Manson of Jamieson & Smith for your patience, and observed a fabulous "visible darning" class with TomofHolland!  Who knows what my yarn future holds!  It is a lot of fun learning new stitches, new techniques in both crochet and knitting.  My hands cope best with a crochet project but knitting, especially for charity, is also always on the go - 2016 saw me start playing with crochet mermaid tail cocoons and finding new stitches on YouTube. Shawls followed (a design called "Virus" particularly appealing - nothing to do with #COVID19 of course!) and then a long hiatus due to breast cancer surgery and chemo and then cardiac ablation and thigh vascular surgery! Now socks again, sm wristwarmers (all small projects) and trying different stitches seems to be my limit at the moment. Who knows what the future holds!

Socks and Hats 'n Mermaid Tails
Rainbow Socks
Everyone says that knitting socks is difficult.  It isn't.  Yes, it is more fiddly than knitting a plain scarf, and turning a heel needs a bit of concentration, but you don't have to use double pointed needles if you don't want to (I do as I like a challenge), there are lots of patterns to choose from and the magic of self-patterning sock yarn means your "product" can be as crazy and colourful as you like!
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Havens Hospice Yarnbomb 2014
Woollen Woods Belper 2015
Belper December 2015
Seashore - Belper 2016

Critter Crafts

BDCH is happy to receive knitted items of any design, but if you want examples of what has worked well for them up to now, click on the links below for some patterns:

Little Penguin Jumper Pattern
Napoleon - Florida
CocoChanel - Florida
Fabio - Florida
wristwarmers with Bendigo yarn from Australia
Charity Knitting & Crochet
Favourite links
Shetland Wool Week