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12 Things You Only Know If You’re A Knitter

18 Sep 2019
12 Things You Only Know If You’re A Knitter

We hate to say it, but there are some things in the world that only those who knit can understand. Whether it’s airport troubles or pet-related disasters, we’re here for you. Do any of these sound familiar?

You'll never forget who taught you to knit

Whether it was your friend, your mum or even your grandma, you'll remember your first, faltering stitches like it was yesterday.

Getting through airport security will forever be a nightmare

Getting through airport security will forever be a nightmare

If you're thinking of knitting on the fly, remember to take a cheap set of needles with you – and come prepared with a backup plan should they be confiscated.

Your cat will covet your yarn more than you do

Your cat will covet your yarn more than you do

Your latest knitting project might just be the one thing to attract your feline friend faster than your computer keyboard. If you're knitting with kittens, watch out for prying paws and make sure you keep your WIP safely secured in a ziplock bag.

'Just one more row' is always a lie

We hate to admit it, but it's easy to get a little carried away with our projects. If you find yourself knitting at 3am on a regular basis, you may need to set yourself some boundaries.

Your knitting group can be more natter than knit

Your knitting group can be more natter than knit

Let's face it, sometimes you'll spend so much time chatting at your knitting group that no actual knitting will even take place. It's the one time you'll forget all about it!

You learn to keep secrets...

You learn to keep secrets...

...and fast. After all, nobody needs to know the size of your yarn stash, least of all your partner.

But you will of course need a whole room to store it in

But you will of course need a whole room to store it in

After all, keeping thousands of odds and ends is essential if you want to be prepared, and you're bound to use that handspun, impulse-bought multi-coloured silk yarn skein at some point.

You've finished your sweater...

...but now it's summer and nobody's impressed. You're projects may take a little longer than you expected, but who's counting? You'll get quicker – or set more realistic goals at the very least.

Mistakes happen.

Mistakes happen.

Despite what they say, it's not all mindfulness and relaxation! Things may not go to plan, particularly if you're new to knitting, but hang in there – it's all part of the process.

You may be the only one willing to wear your creations

You may be the only one willing to wear your creations

At first, anyway. Keep going – soon enough you'll have friends and family lining up for your latest project.

YouTube will become your new hero

YouTube will become your new hero

There's no shame in looking things up when you get stuck or want to try something new – and you can even pass on your newfound knowledge at your knitting club. If you're looking for more, you can also try our tutorials right here

The rewards are amazing

The rewards are amazing

That satisfaction you get when you give someone their very own hand knitted gift is the best feeling ever.

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