I’ve been back from Harrogate for nearly a week now and I’ve had chance to think about my experiences and all the lovely people that I met. It’s also given me chance to think about what makes Purl & Jane different.
As I kept telling people at the show, I am a knitter. I am a knitter who crochets. I am a knitter who designs hand knits. I am a knitter who designs hand knits with a shop in Skipton. Or, to put it in a more business-like way, I am an independent hand knit designer with my own shop in Skipton.
It was wonderful for me to get out and meet so many people at the Harrogate Show. There were so many knitters with different interests and different levels of expertise but they all had one thing in common – a love of gorgeous yarn and simple patterns!
At the end of a busy day it is so relaxing to sit down and knit a few rows. It’s one of the things I love best about knitting – a simple garter stitch in a beautiful fibre is all you need. My garter stitch square is so simple but could become a cushion or a blanket and that is just the tip of the iceberg! See http://purlandjane.co.uk/shop/books-patterns/the-story-of-the-simple-garter-stitch-square/ for inspiration.
To a newcomer, knitting can seem very complicated and confusing but with just two simple stitches – knit and purl – you can create an infinite amount of things. Even with just the knit stitch, the possibilities are endless! Here is an example of the Fiona Cardigan which is made up of garter stitch squares and rectangles with a tiny bit of shaping http://purlandjane.co.uk/shop/books-patterns/fiona-cardigan/
I love helping knitters chose their yarn and pattern. I love seeing the shades they pick. I also love being a passenger on their knitting journey from the first few rows to the finished item and helping them along the way when they need it. My favourite moment is when people come in to show me their finished item – sometimes so perfectly styled with their outfits that it takes me a minute to notice their gorgeous new hat or scarf! So please pop in to the shop with any problems – I love to help – but equally please bring in your finished project for me to see the results!
It isn’t important how long it takes to knit something – it’s about the joy of knitting that one stitch… then another… then another. If while you are knitting those stitches you get to a tricky bit, please do come back to the shop and ask for my help – it might only take a couple of minutes to help you and once it’s sorted, you can get on with the next bit!
Being at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show reminded me that, like with most things, knitting is simple once you know how. And the best thing of all is you can always learn something new – no matter how long or short a time you have been knitting.