It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks after all

Blimey, it’s been quiet around here lately. The kids are finally back at school and I have had to dive head first into the giant pile of actual work that got neglected in the holidays. I haven’t touched my sewing machine for weeks – I’m in danger of forgetting how it works.

One thing I have managed to find time for is a fantastic knitting class at The Village Haberdashery. It is a really relaxed workshop for all abilities, and you can sign up for as many classes as you like (in blocks of three). A couple of women in the group had never picked up a pair of knitting needles, and by the end of the first session they were well on their way to making a gorgeous scarf! The teacher, Monica, is excellent and explains everything so clearly.

I’ve been knitting for years, although there are a few things that I have never been able to get the hang of. I love the look of Fair Isle knitting but all my previous attempts have been a bit of a mess (spot the deliberate understatement). It is amazing what a difference it makes having someone show you what to do – I managed to knit up a pair of handwarmers with only the tiniest bit of swearing and minimal frogging.

The other thing that would make a difference? Having another person in the house to take a photo. Maybe having the kids back at school isn’t so great after all.

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