Fast forward a few years and input tons of inspiration by some awesome knitters in the blogosphere, such as Solanah, Lladybird, by Gum by Golly, Casey and lots of other lovely ladies (please leave me your blog, instagram, ravelry, twitter, facebook etc. if you are a crazy knitting lady so I can follow you for ideas and inspiration and annoy you with lots of questions when I get stuck) and I am hooked.
This time for real. I have actually made a few pieces already, followed patterns and ended up with finished pieces of clothing and accessories ready to share.
On to my third wearable piece of clothing I have finished so far. (the other two are still waiting to be blocked)
This little shrug/bolero is made from a pattern in the book "Fitted knits" by Stefanie Japel. It's available on Amazon here or if you are in the UK, have a look in 'The works'. I got my copy there for £3.99 I believe. Bargain as I like a lot of the patterns in this book.
This is the shrug pictured in the book:
I am not too keen on their colour combo but I like the simplicity of the bolero. It's a great beginners project as you only need to know how to knit and purl. The increases are easy, too. The whole piece is knitted all in one so there is no matching up individually knitted pieces. Just two underarm seams.
I decided to go for a dusky pink and burgundy colour combination as this will go with a lot of my floral print dresses in the Spring and Summer.
I knitted this mostly in the car on our short road trip to Devon last week. It's a great travel project as it is quick, only needs 2 balls of wool and you can put it down and pick it up again easily as there is no difficult pattern involved.
I'm currently making a light brown and chocolate version and maybe an all black one after that.
What are you knitting/crochet-ing at the moment?