The Knitting Novice


So, following a tutorial on YouTube,  I’ve worked out how to cast on, and learned the very basics of plain and purl. It’s coming gradually… although at first it feels totally alien. 

However…. I started with fifteen practice stitches, and I’ve now got over twenty…😝. They’re breeding! I’m not quite sure how that happened or how to stop it…aargh…

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Enough to make me want to knit 

The recent visit to Skye culminated in a trip to Shilisdair, the yarn shop. 

Tucked down a narrowly winding, precipitous cart track ending in the sea, Shilisdair is based in a hut in the grounds of a crofters cottage on the shore of the  Waternish peninsula.

Inside it’s cozy and welcoming, with yarns of every hue lining the walls, and hand-knits hanging from the rafters ready for purchase. Everything is hand-dyed with plant based pigments such as madder, onions, meadowsweet and indigo. 

I couldn’t resist and bought several skeins. I guess the time has come to learn to knit, now!