I have been knitting since I was about 15. Well no, actually that's not really true. I had a long break of about 25 years when I did no knitting at all, but last year I rediscovered it when I wanted a wrap and couldn't find what I was looking for anywhere. Of course I'd given my humungous collection of needles, stitch markers, darners etc to the charity shop long ago and had not a scrap of yarn in the house, so I had to begin again from scratch. And it occurred to me, not for the first time, that nothing is ever really wasted and nothing is ever really forgotten.
Knitting has apparently been quite trendy again for a number of years, but non-fashion follower that I am, I wasn't aware that it had been away. When I joined Ravelry in April I was immediately struck by how much has changed since my first incarnation as a knitter back in the early 70s. For a start there is a dazzling range of fibres available now, in an equally dazzling range of colours. Knitting needles are works of art in themselves. Patterns exist for just about anything you might conceivably want to create and a lot that you, by which I mean I, might not (knitted uterus, anyone?) It is a great time to be enjoying my own personal knitting renaissance and I suppose I just want to say, if you've ever thought about it taking it up yourself but haven't done so yet, well delay no longer! Apply for an invite to Ravelry and get stuck in with the sticks. And when you're in come by and say Hi to me - I'm dancing-girl on there too.