Do you ever get that craving for something to hit that sweet spot nice and quick? Something that you know might not be full of crafting goodness like a huge quilt masterpiece or some pretty bunting? But you just want to do something?
Well, I have found something that really does it for me. I can partake in it at a moments notice. I can indulge myself in front of the TV of an evening without having to put in much effort.
And best of all? I won’t put on any weight! In fact, I think it helps as I don’t find myself straying towards the biscuit tin if my hands are occupied.
Finger Knitting. I first saw this on pintrest and my interest was instantly piqued. I found this great ‘how to’ blog post over at flax & twine (love this blog) and spurred on by the fact that even children can do this I set about starting. And it was easier then it looked and really good fun.It’s also pretty calming too.
I have started using up the wool I’ve had waiting for other “one day” projects. I absolutely adore the idea of regular knitting. I can knit a mean square but my self teaching sessions have never taken me further. I also find it’s a slow process and I am not the most patient of people when it comes to crafting results…
When I started finger knitting I had a vague notion of a scarf but never really knew what this ever growing pile was going to be used for.
And then after wondering around pintrest some more I came across Arm Knitting. Yes, knitting on your arms. It seemed odd. Quirky. And quick to deliver results.So it seemed perfect for me. Arm knitting calls for some thick wool to produce something substantial. Or even strips of Jersey fabric (old t-shirt recycling anyone?)
And here I was with a mountain of thick finger knitted snakes amusing the cat. It was meant to be!
Armed (get it?) with my knitted snakes and this youtube tutorial I set about knitting on my arm (a task even more likely to keep you out of the biscuit tin!). It’s fun! You should definitely try it.
And what will I do with my handy creation? I’m going to make a throw for my bed. It’s going to be a real miss-match of colours and textures and if I was planning to give this away to someone I’d use a very thick yarn or go with the jersey strips for consistency and to make sure the weave isn’t too wide. But as it’s just for my bed I don’t mind – it kind of represents me. A bit rough around the edges, not very uniform and a bit strange to look at!