Post in collaboration with Deramores
The evenings are getting darker and there’s a chill in the air. It’s definitely starting to feel autumnal now. I think this time of year is awesome. It’s still relatively warm during the day, but as the evenings draw in it gets a bit cooler. It’s the best of both worlds, nice days out and cosy nights in. I’m loving being able to close the curtains that wee bit earlier, shutting myself in for the night.
This time of year is perfect for taking up a new hobby. With the light fading earlier and earlier, we start to spend more time indoors. Instead of spending that time twiddling your thumbs waiting for summer to roll around again, why not learn something new?
This autumn, it’s my goal to start knitting or crocheting. Hey, I might even push the boat out and learn both. My mam was great at crocheting and she was keen for me to learn too, but when I was younger I just wasn’t interested. Maybe it’s a sign that I’m maturing, but now I’d love to be able to sit down and make my own scarf or blanket from scratch.
I did try my hand at knitting last year, and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I didn’t have anyone to teach me, but there are lots of tutorials on Youtube. If you are thinking of taking up knitting, they may be a big help! I only got as far as knitting some little practice squares before life got in the way and I stopped. Recently though, I’ve been looking at lots of cute knitting patterns from Deramores, and I’m keen to get going again! Deramores have lots of knitting and crocheting patterns available, some of which can be digitally downloaded instantly which is fab. Having seen a lovely pattern for a hat and scarf set for the kids, I’m really feeling inspired to pick up the knitting needled once more.
So if you are thinking of taking up knitting this autumn, here are my top tips!
Beginners knitting tips
- Start from the beginning – It can be tempting to just jump right in with a pattern and then get frustrated when you can’t work out what you are doing. Start from the beginning and learn the basic stitches. Get some cheap wool and practice casting on until you get the hang of it, then move on to the knit stitch and so on.
- Don’t spend a fortune – Don’t go out and spend a fortune to begin with, you don’t need a big kit to get started. Simply get a pair of knitting needles and some cheap yarn and go for it. Once you find your feet you can start to add to your kit.
- Youtube – Honestly, youtube is your friend when you start knitting. After hours of trying to follow instructions on how to cast on in a knitting magazine, I was ready to throw it all away. After a few minutes of watching someone do it on youtube, I had mastered it.
- Take a deep breath – Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, but it’s easy to get frustrated when you can’t work out how to do something or if you make a mistake. I’ve been tempted to launch the needles across the room many a time. The best thing to do it put the project down, take a few deep breaths and then come back to it once you are feeling calm. Once you know what you are doing you’ll find knitting quite therapeutic and calming, but it does take time.
I’m really looking forward to getting back in to knitting during the colder months. I actually can’t wait to chill out in front of the stove with my knitting. I’m half way through a new project of making a cup warmer from my husband who drinks tea like it’s going out of fashion. I’ll be back to show you my progress once it’s done!
Are you looking to start a new hobby this autumn? Let me know in the comments below.