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Knitting Knicknacks

Updated on September 18, 2014

The Knitting Bag

It is that time of the year again when the knitting bag with all its many bits and pieces comes out of the cupboard and the fun begins.

Inside there are all sorts of different wools of many colours, different sized needles, crochet hooks and so many bits and pieces of finished and unfinished knickknacks of all shapes and sizes.

These are the ones always put off for another day, like the rather large throw rug that I still haven't finished which was started a few years ago.

This is half the fun of knitting, a relaxing creative process that takes many twist and turns and hopefully the item is finished when the right time comes provided there is still an interest.

Knitting From The Top

There are so many items to knit and so many colours and different wools all with different textures to choose from that in the beginning it may seem a bit over whelming.

So we start at the very beginning with a simple pattern, such a scarf, knitted in the simplest stitch, the best one for this being 'plain'.

You need to learn how to 'caste on' stitches and 'caste off ' stitches. With a good beginners book, from any good craft store, beside you or better still with the very experienced knitters, those wonderful mothers or grandmothers with there boundless knowledge, who know all the tricks of the trade, you can start to knit.

There are really only two stitches that you need to know and they are 'pearl' and 'plain.' These two put together create and form all the patterns that you would like to use whilst making your creation whether it be a scarf or a work of art.

You can have fun knitting with lots of colour and differently shaped wools to make a wild and interesting scarf made by hand by you.

Unfinished Throw Rug.

Unfinished Throw Rug.
Unfinished Throw Rug.

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Knitting Over The Years!

Hand knitting has gone through various stages and changes in popularity over the years.

Knitting items were a necessity at one stage as it was the only way to make warm clothing, being much thicker than ordinary material. Jumpers, socks, hats scarfs were in high demand in the cold winter months .These items were all kept after the oldest child of the family had grown out of them and were later pasted down to younger brothers and sisters when the time come. Buying a new jumper from a shop was not heard of back then, this was only for the very rich.

All women learnt to knitted or if not themselves new someone who did. They were very skilled and proficient, handing down their great skills on to all the female members of the family. Knitting was a form of survival back then keeping out the cold with a good jumper or too.

Knitting was still a tradition in our mothers and grandmothers day to hand knit many of the winter clothes and they were particularly busy when a new born was on its way, knitting shawls, booties and caps for the expected baby.

Today, with the arrival of the knitting machine, it is much more convenient to buy our woolens, being one a big time saver and in most cases less expensive.

We now have the choice and the luxury to do both.We still have the great joy of creating and playing with wool in the knitted form with the added pleasure and satisfaction when finished to wear or use what we have made with our own hands.

Knitting is back!!

Knitted Shawl
Knitted Shawl

© 2010 Julia M S Pearce

I love to knit and if you do I would love to hear from you.

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      Yeny 2 years ago

      i was in the middle of cotmiemnng here this morning, and well, you know.I was gonna say the skirt looks so perfectly swingy! I have several vintage knitting books etc etc, but have felt kinda lost when it comes to knitted boy things. and why is it that the goodwill has so many more girl clothes than boys? not fair. For all of the crafty-goodness to be made, I can't help but hope for a girl next.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      I agree. Hand knitting is best. Maybe my fingers have a hard time learning a new process now that I have crocheted so long.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I don't know about knitting machines, it's nice to use your hands I think.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      I crochet but I have wanted to learn to knit. Barbara is right, that is also why I have such a hard time with it. I've been looking at knitting machines, but, I have seen mixed reviews about them.

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I'm more into crochet, because that is what I learned when just a child. I've tried knitting and always want to do an extra twist. I think crocheting so much makes me do that.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      My fascination with knitting began when as a child I would sit and watch my grandmother FarMor swiftly knitting. I used to sit with yarn and needles and make clicking noises and mimic her movements, but much to my surprise, no knitted product resulted from my efforts - lol!

      As a young wife I taught myself to knit by following the steps in a Womens Weekly knitting guide I bought... ditto with crochet... love working with yarn, and wore home knitted jumpers for decades, as I preferred them to what was in the stores, and of course, they can be tailor-made to exactly the sizes and fittings you want, once you become an experienced knitter.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'm not a knitter but definitely appreciate the craftiness of others.

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @Jennifer Campbell: Thanks Jenny for stopping by! I usually buy my wool and other knitting accessories at Spotlight stores around Melbourne and I have seen some good looking wool on ebay lately, might try therenext time.

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      Jennifer Campbell 7 years ago

      This lens is just so apt. I noticed my son had washed a jumper in the normal wash and started talking to him about wool, which this jumper wasn't made of. I suddenly got the idea of knitting him a jumper. You are in Melbourne, as am I. Recommend any wool shops around? It is so long since I knitted anything.

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      CannyGranny 7 years ago

      Knitting is almost a lost art - good to see you're still knitting woolen knick knacks

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @hayleylou lm: Thanks hayleylou!

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      @SusannaDuffy: Thanks Susanna for winging my way with an angle blessing!

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Your (unfinished) throw rug is similar to my (unfinished) throw rug and I forget what's in my knitting bag till the cooler weather comes in. These days my knitting bag is a shopping jeep :) A lovely lens, Julia! Blessed by an angel today

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      A friend of mine has a Mom who knits and she is always getting great clothes for the kids. I love knitted clothes. Great lens, love the elephant, thumbs up :)