I quite often have people asking me to knit for them.
There are some “interesting” ways my skills are requested – ranging from the polite and flattering,
“I know you’re really busy but you’re such a wonderful knitter could you please make me a “Knitted thing of immense size and complexity in ugly yarn?”
To the rather irritating,
“Oh! That doesn’t even look home-made ! It could come from a shop – you even could sell those! You can make ME one of those….I’d pay you…..” <Big Grrrr>
That one irritates me of too many levels to explain here….
Generally speaking, unless people are crafters themselves, they don’t realize how expensive the materials to make a “Knitted thing of immense size and complexity in ugly yarn” are or how much of my valuable spare time it would take to make their heart’s desire for them.
Also, I don’t like knitting for other people because I find that as soon as external pressure is put on my knitting, all the pleasure is sucked out of it and I find myself slogging through a chore. This is not what a hobby is for.
Therefore, I am usually very firm and tell people I only knit for myself and my family. I do quite often offer to teach people to knit so they could make the thing themselves. Suddenly, most of the requestors loose interest. A couple of requestors have learnt to knit -I have all the time in the world to help them
So why readers, did I allow myself to be persuaded to make a scarf for Lawrence, one of the chaps I work with?
He said the right things… He flattered my knitterly skills… He said he’d love to have a quality, handmade item that was unique…in a fabulous yarn. He constantly was impressed with my latest creations and seemed genuinely interested.
I said he could have a scarf but nothing bigger – but I thought I had a fool proof plan to wriggle out of it….There were two conditions. He had to pay me for my time with a bacon sandwich (my usual fee for favors at work!) and I said he had to come to the wool shop to choose the yarn and pattern.
Ha! That would put any man off!!
To my great surprise, I found myself in John Lewis’ yarn department with Lawrence who was happily looking at men’s knitting patterns and squishing balls of yarn and “oohing” over colours like a knitting veteran!
The man has good taste. We decided on the Salford Scarf from Rowan Magazine 46.
This scarf (Rowan picture – this isn’t Lawrence!)…he’s wearing the Salford jumper in the same yarn and pattern too.
From this Rowan mag – No.46…
It’s knit in Rowan Cocoon – a lovely snuggly thick yarn – I made myself a scarf a few years ago in Cocoon – remember Haven?
Lawrence chose this colour – Quarry Tile…
So how is it knitting up?
It’s actually a lovely pattern and easier than it look (I always say that though don’t I?) Salford is a combination of moss stitch and stocking stitch with an 8 stitch cable on every eighth row.
After 5 days I’m half way already and this is actually turning out to be an enjoyable knit!
All other knitting projects are on hold while I get this out of the way – and look forward to that bacon sandwich!