I learned to knit in Australia where I spent 4 years studying a double degree in Finance and Economics in Canberra. I remember cold winter nights knitting around a fireplace or even a heater either at home, in a cafe or at a friend’s house and finding it the most soothing thing in the world. I was self taught but had plenty of encouragement from a friend who got into it before me.
Canberra, really Australia in general, had a lively artsy scene. Whatever you may be into whether it’s crafting, poetry, fine/modern arts, there’s a place for it and people to do it with. This was quite novel at the time compared to Malaysia, or at least for a relatively sheltered girl from suburbia KL who was living abroad alone for the first time in her life. I remember wandering through weekend markets and picking up the odd skein of handmade yarn to try out and admiring the wonderful works of art that people created. I developed a sense of pure appreciation for workmanship and talent.
Sadly, when I came home I lost touch with this side of me because I was keen to get on the corporate ladder and work hard to earn a living. It’s also never cold enough for knitting and having no one who understood the joy of it alongside me really meant that my interest faded very quickly. So I packed up all the yarn, needles and books that I had amassed during my time in Australia and gave everything away to a delighted relative of a dear friend.
About a year and a half ago I discovered that Daiso sold knitting supplies. I was shopping for costume ideas for Sofia to wear to an upcoming Harry Potter themed birthday party and suddenly was overcome with the thought of knitting her a Gryffindor scarf. Turns out, my muscle memory was intact despite the passing of 6 years without ever picking up a single needle! I got down to the business of making the scarf very quickly (my daughter made a very cute Gryffindor), and much more recently I finished two tea cosy projects – one each for my mother and mother-in-law for the coming Mother’s day.
Once again I am hooked (pun intended). But this time, I am determined to do it proper and deliberately increase my skills by taking on more complex projects. Eventually also I plan to learn to crochet which is sort of inevitable (granny squares here i come!). But mostly, I’ve forgotten how therapeutic knitting can be – I can sit anywhere in the house and indulge in a luxurious tactile experience with all kinds of wools and cottons.
I shan’t promise to post up more knitting projects but I will try my best 🙂 All I can say for now is that i have a baby due in about a month and seeing as how i’m now too heavy to do much standing and walking about (I am one unfit pregnant lady) I’ll definitely keep myself occupied by knitting up a storm. I’ve already got a few projects lined up, especially to coincide with our year end family holiday! Can’t wait!