This weekend I booked myself into Hobby Craft to promote knitting and show a range of things that could be knit. I took along all sorts of knitted things which I laid out onto the demo table. There were bunnies, baby booties, handbags, blankets, cushions, coasters, a girls dress, socks, scarves and hats. I wanted to show to anybody that stopped by that just about anything could be knitted; that it wasn’t limited to jumpers and cardies.
There were a couple of delightful young girls of around 12 years with their mum who were so interested in what was on my table that they disappeared off and came back with three balls of wool each and new needles to ask what they could make with that. They had tried a bit of knitting before and could do a knit and a purl stitch. I suggested a scarf would be nice, either k1, p1 rib or garter stitch to stop it from curling, and showed them a picture of the ribbed scarf in Rowan’s Alpaca Colour. “Something like this.” I said. “You could change your colours in different sized blocks.”
One lady stopped by and said she had stopped knitting years ago as there no longer seemed to be the availability of decent patterns. “Have you looked at the Rowan website?” I asked her and showed her some of the latest books. Can you believe there are still knitters out there who no longer knit and just don’t know that there has been a complete turn around in designs and yarns?
An amusing tail from the day – and this was perhaps a little embarrassing also – was that when a lady passed by holding a pattern in her hand I asked her what she was knitting. It was a baby cardie knit in broad stripes. She didn’t know what colours to use so I started to help her choose: pistachio and ivory go nice together, cream and mid brown look very British wool, and on and on. Eventually she asked me if I would be getting in any more of a certain type of wool. “Oh I don’t work here!” I said. “I’m sorry, I was just interested in what you were knitting.” She looked surprised and I slid back to my demo table realising that I am perhaps a little over-enthusiastic!
Overall it was a fun day. I met some lovely people. Will I do it again? I definitely will.
If you are interested in learning to knit, I can arrange anything to suite what you are looking for. Just contact me through my facebook page Knitted Pink. Hope to see you there.