For the last week, ive had this uncontrollable urge to pick up the needles and cast on a knitting project.......not just any knitting project but a throw just like my Nan used to make many years ago:
So today, even though i have other projects screaming for completion, i knitted!! Now my Nan used to knit up beautiful squares and then my Mum and I would help her sew them all together to make these amazing technicolour throws. She used to have them all over the house, on the sofas, on the beds and a stack in the linen cupboard that my sister and I used to use, with the help of a few chairs, to make playhouses. Im not sure where any of these throws have gone, maybe to the goodwill shops or maybe they just wore out from all the use.........regardless, i have this desire to make one of my own!!
Now im not the greatest knitter, nor do i look co-ordinated while im knitting but there are times in my day that im idley waiting around, so now i can knit while the dinner or lunch is cooking or while im watching Cohen splash around in the bath or while i read the blogs (oh ok maybe not then but i can try lol). Today i managed to achieve one square , just in those few spare moments (and Cohen really appreciated the extra few minutes in the bath....about 3 rows worth!!!)
The pattern is Moss Stitch (my Nans favorite). I plan to knit up different coloured blocks with different patterns (might help improve my knitting) and then they will become the greatest blank canvas to be creative with. Im planning on doing some wool embroidery on a few of them, maybe using some braid, buttons or sequins or whatever i feel like to give it a little pizazz!!
I always feel close to my Nan when im stitching but knitting these blocks brings back so many memories ( i even remembered how many stitches to cast on to get a 6" block!!!) I may not have one of hers, but ill have my own version of one of her "wonderful throws".