I’m knitting and I love it. Who would have thought it?
There’s been a small group of colleagues who have been convening at the pub or round someone’s house to knit for a while now. I’ve always politely declined. I just didn’t think it would be my thing at all.
I used to love doing textiles at school and specialised in it for my GCSE Design subject, but that was years ago – and it was more about sewing, fabrics and fashion than knitting.
But when an email started circulating about knitting tiny jumpers for penguins – that’s right, penguins – I was in!
Image from urbantimes.co
Apparently penguins caught up in oil spills need jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the oil off with their beaks. I love penguins, so I couldn’t think of a better excuse to start knitting.
I was taken to a local department store on our lunch break on Wednesday and I bought some needles and wool. We then met later on in the evening, and got the pattern ready to follow. Turns out that penguin jumpers are not an easy thing to start knitting when you’re a complete beginner!
Realising there was no way I could remember all the twiddly moves to do knitting and purling, I decided to try something a little simpler instead. Luckily, someone had bigger needles and thicker wool, which made it easier to see what was actually happening when being taught what to do, rather than fiddling with thread that was almost the width of cotton.
So I’m now making a scarf. Or something rectangular, at least.
It was difficult to remember everything to start with, and I found that if I stopped for five minutes to chat I’d return and realise I’d forgotten everything. But I’ve been persevering and have made great progress.
If you are interested, find out more about making jumpers for The Penguin Foundation here.