Alas, no photos (that I'm admitting to) survive!
It's not as if I lack knitting needles as a recent sort out of the blanket chest in our spare room revealed!
Oh my! I don't think I'll ever need to buy another knitting needle. I've been through and tried to sort them out and I think I have more than one set of every size imaginable. The lovely red knitting needle box was a present from my German pen friend with whom I'm still in touch thirty years down the line and will be visiting in June. She'll be absolutely amazed that I still have this. In fact - so am I.
The green box and the other assorted needles all came to me from my Granny's collection. We went up to Scotland to visit my paternal grandparents every other summer and all my memories of those trips include Granny knitting. She could knit and hold a conversation, knit and watch TV .... if she was sitting down, she was invariably knitting something.
The other essential part of my knitting kit is my bag - another hand me down, but this time from my other grandmother. I don't think that she actually used it for knitting from what I've learned about her (she died when I was very small) - I guess it was for embroidery projects or some such. Still - it's perfect for my knitting and really pretty too.
So having found all these goodies, I had no excuse!
I decided to ease myself back into knitting with some really easy projects. Scarves don't need too much by way of skill and the gauge really doesn't matter. The first of these was knitted without a pattern in a simple rib using a really lovely suede effect yarn. The second took a little bit more time (OK - lots more). The pattern was courtesy of Purl Bee and is fittingly called the April Showers scarf (it's raining as I type this!). I made this up in a pima cotton yarn rather than the cashmere called for in the pattern ... I'd love to knit in cashmere but I'm violently allergic to lambswool, cashmere, mohair .... and all those other lovely yarns, so I have to make do with cotton, silk and acrylics.
So, I can knit long rectangles ... big deal!
Tomorrow might just find me at the local wool shop looking for inspiration and something a little more complex. In the meantime, I've got half a skein of the red yarn left over and a rainy Sunday afternoon - it's time to get the crochet instructions out again and see if I can't make some headway there.
Someone told me recently that crochet was supposed to be easier than knitting - I'm finding that hard to believe!!