I've been knitting since I was little but only recently have I gotten any good at it really. I bought a book and actually sat down and learned how to do some stuff. Turns out knitting is actually insanely easy, you just have to learn some basics and get the right tools - who'dathunk it?! I've been terrible for ignoring instructions and attempting to do craft things without the proper tools over the years but lately I've been completely changed my approach and started doing thing a bit more properly. It's totally working. On the left is a picture of some fingerless gloves I made on Tuesday night. There's a few key things to learn for knitting - casting on, casting off, knit stitches and purl stitches. After that it's down the combination of these things to make most patterns.
I've also knitted scraves, bags, socks and a blanket. I've had a go at knitting a baby matinee jacket which was going well but I decided I didn't like the colours for a baby and would like to make it with brighter wool so I repurposed it. Once I get some more wool I'll have another bash. I'm at that age when everyone is having babies so I'll need to stockpile...
http://www.deramores.com/ has some pretty cool wool but I often just get it at Watt Brothers in Glasgow as its a lot cheaper.
Also today I found this amazing blog post on old Sauchiehall Street on a site called Glasgow History - check it out! It has been created by Chris Jones and all the images in the post are from his collection unless otherwise stated. Click on the pictures to take you to the post.