Overheard in the woolshop this week

Lots of new faces and new knitters in the shop this week, also old knitters trying new things. It’s a good reminder that however familiar a technique becomes, it always starts life as a new way of doing things. And as the beginning is often the most exciting bit, it’s a total joy getting to join you for that bit of the ride when you pop in to get going…

‘I’ve made the fingerless gloves, the hat and the cabled scarf. I want to make the mittens next. Summer?What’s the summer got to do with it? It’s the next pattern in the book, so that’s what I’m doing next!’

‘I managed to get a space with the tattooist in Brighton so I’ve got a Dachshund as well now. Would you like to see? Also left me with time to come back here for some more Bluefaced Leicester to finish my sweater. Hooray!’

‘I followed the buttonband instructions exactly I promise. Picked up 2 stitches out of 3. Then did a knit 2 purl 2 rib and that weird bind off. But it’s still curling. Why is that?’

‘I started crocheting it this morning. I’ve not really made anything before. Now I can’t stop. I’m just so pleased you’re open. I’m not sure what I would have done if I’d have run out of wool and couldn’t get anymore today.’

‘I’m on vacation from North Carolina. I work in a yarn store there and it’s also called Wild and Woolly. My co-workers wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t come and visit.’

‘Wool and cotton mixed together? I’ve always thought that was a bit like milk and meat. Do you think it will knit up ok?’

‘I’ve only ever knitted upwards. Will it be the same if I’m knitting down?’

‘So I get to the end of the row, but it’s not really a row, so I don’t turn my work, and I just carry on knitting? No, it doesn’t make any sense, but I feel like you know what you’re talking about so I will give it a go.’

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