It’s been a while since I picked up my needles but after meeting so many inspiring knitters at the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards I figured it was about time to tackle it again… and I have to say… something feels different… It’s going really well… (ssshhh don’t tell the knitting fairies – they might think I’m getting cocky)
I figured the best way to get me back into the knitting saddle and also continue a knitting habit so I’m not starting from scratch every time, was to take on a really quick and easy project that would result in something I could use immediately and then also try something bigger and, though not necessarily more challenging; something that will require me to commit to the knit. I absolutely loved a tutorial for beautiful knitted bangles in issue 41 of Mollie Makes so this seemed like a great place to start. I’ve also been slightly pining for a big knitted blanket in greys and pastel colours ever since being involved in Get You Knit On at Southbank Centre. I know and you know this is going to take a very long time to complete, so despite the glorious sunshine I’m making a start and hoping to have it completed for winter!
So first up let’s chat knitted bangles. The bangles were designed by Anette Wetzel-Grolle and are a beautiful simple design that leaves loads of room for customisation. Anette also has a really ace blog full of ideas, DIYs, lifestyle and travel chat.
In the issue they’re created with fabric yarn, but I made my first batch with the DK yarn I had already in my stash. Because the yarn was fairly thin I doubled it up to give the bracelets a chunkier look. I’m really happy with the result and I’m now on the hunt for cotton yarn in a really lovely colour palette so I can make more.
This was ALSO my first attempt at knitting in the round with double pointed needles!! Terrifying – I honestly felt like I had grown a whole load of new fingers… or that I was holding a porcupine, and I definitely have a new affinity to Edward Scissorhands. However once I got into the swing of it it was actually really easy (and dare I say quite relaxing?). Here’s to more multi-needled, porcupine-eqsue projects in the future!
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