Knitting is my favourite hobby.
Although I have knitted since the age of eight (a long time ago), knitting has become more of a focus for me in the last ten years. When my daughter was expecting her first child, I took up the needles in earnest, and have knitted regularly ever since. I found a beautiful circular baby Shetland lace shawl which I really wanted to knit. However, I lacked the skills. At this time, most of the local yarn stores in my city had closed. I went on the internet and joined a forum, where other caring knitters answered my questions, and helped me to understand the qualities of yarn, and where I could purchase it. I began buying knitting books – mostly online, and bought all the knitting magazines I could find.
I started a blog, and became involved in the developing on-line knitting community.
Now, the internet provides a vast number of resources for knitter at all stages. Thousands of patterns are immediately available, and there are countless sites which sell yarn and supplies. There are also many blogs and videos covering a huge variety of knitting skills – from casting on to the most complex projects imaginable. However, many of these sources are impersonal, and it can be difficult to find good quality information for the stage we are at, or for problems we wish to solve. Many of us do not have a local community of relatives or friends to help us along.
My aim for this site is to become a friendly community where we can support each other to learn new skills, diagnose and fix mistakes and to discuss various aspects of knitting in useful and accessible ways. I would love fellow knitters to comment, ask questions and give suggestions aimed at giving useful feedback, and improving my content.
Please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me. I am on Ravelry as Joanm
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