Right, so, I was telling you about the knitting in my life. I’ve been thinking of knitting over the last few months. I’d love to do some more but when I take on a project it can take me WEEKS, MONTHS and sometimes NEVER to finish it and really I should be concentrating on my novel. As I said, I am a rubbish knitter. I can knit straight lines but if I drop a stitch, I’ve got no idea how to pick it up again, and I have to holler for someone to come and rescue me. Usually there is no one around to don their SuperKnitter cape (made by someone else in the finest gossamer silk yarn and slender needles) to salvage my creation, so I have to pull it all off and start again. Yes, I really do; I did tell you I was dim.
So imagine my delight when lovely Angela, who works at BNH Hospital, told us the other day at a committee meeting, that they were organising a Knitting for the Needy project. The winter in 2008 was unseasonably cold and many people in the north of Thailand didn’t have warm enough clothes to deal with such extreme weather. The idea is that we knit 6 inch squares and donate them to BNH Hospital who will sew them together and distribute to those in need before the winter comes. They want simple garter stitch (knit rows only no clever clogs purling to be done) and they want straight lines… YAY ME. There’s even a team at the hospital who will teach you to knit if you don’t know how. (No I don't need to go!)
It’s a bit like 100 words a day: infinitely doable.
If you click on the poster you can check out the details for yourself.
It’s so perfect I’ve started already, and so has Daughter. Admittedly, we’re having a few technical difficulties working out how many stitches we need, using the wool and the needles available in my knitting bag to get the size right. I think, on reflection, that we’d better go out and buy the correct size needles.
I think six inch squares are the only size missing at the moment... but watch this space. We'll get the size right soon and then we'll be away....