I started learning how to knit at around the age of seven when my Mum started teaching me the basics. I knitted about fifty half scarfs before finally finishing my first sweater. Knitting has taught me a lot about patience as I’m not a patient person. It has taught me that good things take time and not to give up when something doesn’t go your way. You may drop stitches and have to unravel hours of work but if you keep at it you will have a beautiful finished product.
Tips and Tricks
When you don't have a lint brush
My favourite trick. Wash your hands, leave them wet and use them as the lint brush. Then, brush the knit upwards on your pants. This will remove extra fluff.
When your knit starts to pill
If you feel like the fibres are starting to pill together, you can very gently use a suede brush to separate them.
Always fold your knits
This stops them from stretching out of shape. Coat hangers can make holes in the shoulders. If you want to stretch your knit out a little, use a padded hanger.
When you spill something on your knit
Simply dab it off – don’t rub! Knits will shed at the start, so wear them with similar colours of jeans. Mohair will not stick to satin or silk.
Gently immerse your knit in warm water with wool detergent, paying extra attention to the area you are trying to clean. I use a big bucket or laundry sink. Have two towels ready. Note, the knit will be super heavy when wet!
Squeeze out excess moisture without wringing it. Lay the knit gently on a towel, being careful not to stretch it. Place the other towel on top and push down lightly to remove excess moisture. Keep it flat to dry.