One row forwards, two rows back – my first time knitting

knitting needles Weapons of choice: er… knitting needles?

Knitting’s one of those skills I’ve always wanted to master. When I used to commute from Swansea to work in Cardiff, I’d always spot a knitter or two on the train and the green eyed monster would pop out. If only my sewing machine were more transportable, I’d think, then I could be a crafting commuter too!

Well, enough is enough. If anything, it was Karen’s sensational snood which set me off – truthfully, three things about her awfully comfy looking snood:

knitting tache!

You can consider me well and  truly on the snood bandwagon. Yes siree.

It was a close call though. For the past three days, I’ve driven the knitting expert in my house (my Mum) to near madness with my utter inability to get to grips with two knitting needles and some chunky yarn. Every five minutes, I’d wander to the living room, a skipped stitch or two in hand and plead for her to fix it.

“I swear, it’s like one row forwards and two rows back for you!” she said, undoing my mess and making sure my knits and purls were in the right places. Oops.

Instead of following the Guardian pattern, I’m trying to make a snood which is thinner but longer in length so I can wrap it around my neck and hide in it when people are looking for me. Foolproof!

I think she’s got it!

For once, this is a skill I’m learning the old fashioned way – it makes a nice change learning from an actual person than from a Youtube video. Saying this, I know plenty of you have learnt online – got any recommendations? Or should I just stick to annoying my Mum?

I’ve heard some good things about Ravelry – are any of you on there already?