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So… I bought some yarn.

December 7, 2015

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that I need to find a new hobby. I also mentioned that knitting was something that I’m currently quite keen to try, so last night I thought ‘Why not?’

I’ve got a day off today as I worked on Saturday, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to head out to Spotlight to see if I could find myself some sort of starter kit for knitting. I walked straight to the knitting section and wow.. they have a lot of yarn.

I started looking at the different types and colours and I felt a little bit lost. How am I supposed to know what to start with? I walked up to the lady at the counter and she said that unfortunately they don’t have any starter packs or anything like that, but she recommended that I pick up a few 8 ply balls of yarn and a pack of 4mm knitting needles.

She mentioned that they have knitting books that you can buy, but she said I’m probably better off finding that stuff on the internet these days. I love it when they are realistic about that sort of stuff and don’t try to sell you things just for the hell of it!

So now I’m at home and I’m not too sure what to do next. I’m thinking it might be best to start with something easy, like a scarf or blanket or something. I might hit up Pinterest to see if I can find something useful, otherwise I guess I’ll have to resort to the good ol’ Google.

Wish me luck guys!


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  • Kialtho

    First of all: good luck! You can do it. It might feel ridiculously intimidating at first but you’ll get it. YouTube is a great resource, so you could search for simple terms like knitting, casting on or something. Very Pink Knits has some great videos on techniques, they’re not too long and very well produced. is also fantastic. It’s a huge database of patterns, yarns and a great social network for knitting.

    December 7, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks heaps for the tips! I signed up for Ravelry before so I’m sure I’ll keep an eye on that site! Used some YouTube videos to get me going and I have now started a scarf!

      December 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm Reply
  • Amanda Bella

    Good luck!! I like to knit, but I only know how to make scarves lol! I’m sure you’ll be great!

    December 7, 2015 at 11:35 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I’ll start with a scarf, but I’d really like to learn how to knit baby clothes. They’re so cute! 🙂

      December 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm Reply
      • Amanda Bella

        For real! Little knit baby clothes are the cutest!

        December 8, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Marsman

    Please contact my wife, her name is Hayley. She can help at least to start. Her email is Look at her blog, follow her blog, it’s word press. Her blog again is Hope for the best! You have friends who care!

    December 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks heaps! Will definitely have a look at her blog at some point! 🙂

      December 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm Reply
  • Juliany Diaz De Villegas

    I started knitting about 2-3 years back…At first its a bit confusing but after a while it gets super easy..I recommend to start with the original stitch..I myself only know how to do only two types of stitches because they can get so complicated lol…Go to youtube for sure because they have very good videos..

    December 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah I’m fairly sure I’ve started with the regular stitch, but will have a look at others once I’ve mastered this one! Haha.

      December 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm Reply
  • christieadams23

    Try a simple top or hat or scarf maybe? A throw or cushion cover is another plan there are some good ones on Pinterest but lots are badly written so beware!
    Practice by knitting squares and keep them in a bag, you can keep all your practice tension squares and make throw or cot blanket!

    December 8, 2015 at 6:16 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks for the tips! I’ve started with a scarf, so we will see how that one goes. Once I get better at it I want to attempt making baby clothes. Knitted baby clothing is so cute!

      December 8, 2015 at 7:05 am Reply

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