Lately I have been admiring many gorgeous knitted and crocheted creations being made by my friends and talented creatives on Facebook and Instagram. These gorgeous creations sparked a little fire in me and had me wishing I had some knitting or crochet to pick up in the evenings to work on while I was sitting on the couch.
I was VERY excited when I saw that the lovely Jodie of Jellywares on Marshall announced on Facebook that she was going to be running another of her Yarn clubs, this one with a Winter theme, as it's currently Winter here in Australia. For the months of June, July and August, each month we would receive a gorgeous box of goodies handpicked by Jodie, including some yarn and suggested patterns for using our yarn.
Now, once upon a time I did do some knitting, including little baby jumpers (before I had kids) and I remember knitting a cable cardigan in emerald green in my first year of marriage. I haven't picked up a pair of knitting needles since (that I can remember) so I bravely joined the Jellywares Knitting Yarn club.
Early in June, my very first box of goodies arrived. I was SOOO excited. I would finally be able to join my friends in picking up some yarn and making something beautiful for my family.
I loved opening this box of goodness and seeing all that Jodie had chosen for me. I was like Christmas!
Along with a lovely and thoughtfully written letter, Jodie had spoiled us with a project bag with an indian headress stamped on it, some of Jodie's favourite mints and a ball of yarn. For the first month we were sent a ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Jodie chose a deep burgandy colour for me.
As part of the club, Jodie chooses a selection of patterns that are suitable for the yarn sent to us each month. After spending lots of time looking, thinking and deciding which appealed to me and which pattern I could understand, I settled on a pattern called Emerald Fingerless Mittens. I was grateful for Jodie who was available for me to message her with a few questions that I had while trying to understand the pattern. It was also my first time knitting in the round and knitting with such beautiful yarn too, so after watching a few Youtube videos' I bravely began.
It didn't take long for me to realise that I was HOOKED, well and truly. I wanted to spend every spare minute I could with knitting in hand. Even though I found it challenging at times trying to work out the pattern, I loved the thrill of learning something new and seeing it all come together. After a day spent on the couch, as I wasn't feeling 100% that day, my first mitten was finished - yay!!
The next challenge was to reverse the pattern and make a second mitten. I must confess that after knitting a few inches of the second mitten, I dropped a stitch and couldn't pick it up again (this wool is really dark and hard to see), so I un-pulled it and started again - good practice :) I began again and got my needles clicking and after many late nights of fun, I finished my second mitten. I was thrilled and so proud of myself for actually completing a project. There have been many clubs over the years where I have just collected kits, so to complete the project for this month made me very happy indeed.
These mittens are super warm and cozy to wear and perfect for the freezing cold winter mornings and evenings we are having at the moment. There is something special about wearing something handmade too - I have always loved and appreciated handmade but I haven't really ever knitten myself something like this before either. I definitely have the knitting bug and am already planning what will be cast onto my needles next. I also can't wait for the next box of goodness to arrive from Jodie from the Jellywares Yarn Club.