Back in October I took up my knitting needles after an interval of twelve years. Actually, they weren't my knitting needles at all because I gave those away when I thought I wouldn't be needing them again. Then came the news of my daughter's pregnancy and I had this overwhelming desire to be a 'proper granny' and knit something .
So much has changed in the intervening years: I used to buy my wool from one of two craft shops in the village but both closed a few years ago. I went into the nearest town and discovered there are no specialist shops left there, either. There is a limited range of knitting supplies in the only department store in the town but, having tracked that down, I realised that all the knitting needle sizes have changed and I couldn't work out what 2.75mm was 'in old money'. I settled for one of those kits for beginners, containing pattern, needles and yarn and I made this little set.
Then I became a bit more adventurous and knitted some scarves. Feeling more confident, I thought I might tackle a pretty matinee jacket for the grandbaby but I discovered that I had forgotten the jargon: yrn p2totbl and sl1k2tog psso and the rest. I had to unpick and start over again seven times before getting this far.
At last, though, I have finished! I sewed on the buttons a few minutes ago and I have decided that the matching mittens, blanket etc won't be needed. I shall be to be a modern granny instead and knit chunky sweaters in strong colours.
4 ply and size 2.75mm will be replaced with merino aran and 5mm. I can't wait to get started.