Friday, 9 September 2005
Doing a bit of retail therapy this afternoon with Mr Doris, we were buying some lovely tapestry fabric for a project when I noticed a French Knitter. At £2.99 it cost considerably more than our old wooden cotton reels, with nails hammered in, ever cost but it was very pretty and smooth.
Together with some multi-coloured wool at £1.40 I reckoned I could interest our 11 year old son in French Knitting and he took to it with great gusto. I may have had quite a few goes myself but he did it for over an hour this evening. That's an hour he could have been glued to the computer games or doing something more apparently cool but he was well pleased and wondered if it would catch on and plans to tell a few of his friends about it. Oh bless the young generation :-)
We discovered something new about Mr Doris as a result. He knitted a 40 foot length when he was a kid so son aspires to knit the whole ball of wool for starters! I never made one that long and used to be so painfully slow but now am fast. I also remember we had to tie together different coloured threads because we didn't have multi-coloured wool in those days. And then the wool would often snag on the wooden reels or the rough nails. I think we even had different numbers of nails and maybe that's why it always used to take me so long as I had ridiculous numbers of nails to work round.