I knit in the winter. It seems to start towards the end of December and by the middle of January I knit every day. Now that February has arrived I have decided to learn a new knitting technique. I used to watch my grandmother knit Aran cardigans but I had never really tried cable knitting apart from a few small samplers. As well as thinking it would be complicated, buying the wool in Japan is expensive and I didn’t want to waste money on a failed project. But I found some cheap yarn made of acrylic fibre and I practised some of the basic patterns. I’ve now started something more complicated and I love how the cables look, though I wasn’t able to take a picture that shows just how lovely the pattern is.
I bought a great book full of beautiful patterns and I’m going to see if I can work my way up to the more advanced ones. I always enjoy knitting but these patterns also come with nostalgia and the closest thing to longing for Ireland that I’ve experienced in quite some time.