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April 4, 2011

I stole the title for this post from the pioneering educator John Holt, who took up the cello in later life and wrote an inspirational book about it. I haven’t done anything as difficult as learning a new musical instrument, but I am so pleased to have learnt a new knitting skill – colourwork.

This is the popular Selbu Modern beret and it was really good for a beginner. If I am honest, I should admit that I have tried colourwork in the past, but never bothered to learn how to do it properly, with the result that the yarns became hopelessly tangled and I had to stop every ten minutes to sort them out.

This time I was determined to do it right and I used the instructions generously shared on the Philosopher’s Wool website. I learnt to knit holding a strand of yarn in each hand and the result was a lovely warm, closely woven fabric with absolutely no  tangling.

The yarn is proper Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith and I really enjoyed using it and thinking of the sheep it came from grazing on that beautiful, remote island. There are some very cute pictures on J and S’s Facebook page.

I feel sure this will open up a whole new world of knitting for me. Unfortunately I look dreadful in any hat with the remotest hint of slouch, but Susanna was happy to step in for a modelling session in return for being able to keep the tam!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 5:58 pm

    Oh, I also got some Jamieson and Smith wool last year for exactly the same tam! I did not manage to get it done for this winter, though, so it has to wait until fall. How many skeins did you use?

    • April 4, 2011 7:19 pm

      I used two of the cream and one of the blue. I hope you enjoy knitting it!

  2. April 4, 2011 10:59 pm

    Fantastic to persevere, learn something new and produce something so pleasing to the senses.

    What next?

    • April 5, 2011 8:04 am

      That is a good question. I’d quite like to do a more complicated hat but would prefer not to have to give it away again!

  3. April 5, 2011 5:42 pm

    Lovely! (But only half as much as your model! ; )

    By the way, I’ve been meaning to mention to you that I love your new header. So fresh and spring-y!

    • April 9, 2011 4:44 pm

      I told Susie what you wrote – she was very pleased!

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