In the last year I have learnt a lot, by sheer dint of quantity of knitting. I am not a super fast knitter, but over the last year I have had more time for knitting than the year before, when abi always seemed to be in my arms. But then, around age 1, she started doing more of this:
This is what I have learnt, that the dialectic proposition of idea+ needles/yarn = so much more than a garment.
And technically, from knitting this hat, I got a good feel for shaping a hat well, so that is fits a head. It shouldn't be a disc at the top with straight sides. neither should it be a perfect sphere at the top, if sons head seems to be a bit flat up there. Knitted top down, the hat can perfectly form itself to the shape of that head I birthed almost 9 years ago (and finally, I can no longer see obvious signs of the ventouse)
Another example is this dress (knitted from the same rowan coccoon yarn) which is pretty recent...technically it taught me much, as I had never knitted top down before this year. However, if you are scared of knitting top down (ie. improvising it), don't be. There isn't much to it. Cast on enough for a neckline. Increase at regular intervals, placement of said increases depending on proportions required. Continue for a while, form armholes and underarms or sleeves as desired, knit on a skirt. This type of knitting is liberating in the extreme.
- made of natural materials
- not pink
- comfortable and loose fitting
- pretty, rather than garish or lurid, in a style which I like to think lets abi's beauty show, rather than shouting about its own features
- has no excess ribbons, sequins, patches, novelty flowers etc attache
- in fact, it has no fastenings at all. Fantastic.
Also, I have learnt to knit socks!