Since seeing Sam’s Off Topic Thursday (on a Tuesday): Knitting I’d been thinking about getting back into knitting and trying a new-ish hobby that wouldn’t involve me eating something I’d baked and piling back on the pounds I’ve lost.

I have very fond memories of spending summers with my Gran with her teaching me to knit and guiding me through patterns.  I never quite grasped being able to cast on or off so she (or my mum) would have to do this for me.  I have distinct recollections of knitting a pink and grey dungarees set for a baby girl I used to babysit for when I was about 13 (different times!) and knitted cakes!!! Now we’re talking!!! Cakes, knitted cakes, no calories…..

My strongest memory of the cakes is a knitted Battenburg cake which looked something like these, it’s a shame really as I have no idea what happened to them.

I remember finishing 2 types of knitted cake and am pretty sure the other one was a Swiss Roll, but look, these are still actually a thing >>

My favourite is the doughnut!

So when my daughter asked me if there was anything I’d like in particular for Mother’s Day, I was like YES, a beginner’s knitting kit 🙂

And so, this is what I was very kindly given by my lovely daughter which I’m going to get started with this afternoon and I AM going to teach myself to cast on with the use of this book (and possibly YouTube) and make a scarf.  Watch this space!

Do you knit?

Or have you taken up a new hobby? How’s that working out for you?