As you all know, I ended up with 2 kilos of yarn (about 10 balls) after the dye workshop. What was I, a non-knitter, to do with so much yarn? I could have sold i. I was sure to find some tourist meandering through Ollanta interested in buying naturally dyed all natural yarn. I could have given it away as presents or I could have let it gather dust in the corner of my house somewhere. But in the end I knew the right thing to do was to learn to knit.
Luckily for me I’m surrounded by expert knitters. This means I had a nearly unlimited supply of patient teachers as well as a nearly unlimited arsenal of knitting mistake fixers. I think I learned fairly fast, dredging up old knitting habits my grandmother had taught me and my brother nearly 15 years ago. And now I love it. As someone who always like to be doing something knitting is the perfect filler for life. On a 2 hour combi ride to Cusco? Why not knit! Nothing to do but laze around outside on a sunny day? I could probably do some knitting. Bored waiting for your climbing partner to get to the anchors? It’s easy to knit and belay at the same time (just kidding…)!
It has been rather hilarious knitting in public here in Peru as all the older women LOVE to saunter up to you, sit down and start interrogating you about your work. “What are you knitting? Why are you using such small needles? Is this sheep or alpaca? Can I see it? Oh you made a mistake there (they love, and I mean loooooooove, finding knitting mistakes).” I live in somewhat constant fear of these knitting meddlers after a story my friend Donata told me. She had been knitting a scarf in her homestay and after she went to bed her Aunt, who had told Donata earlier that night that the stitch she had chosen was too difficult, ripped out all of her work under the cover of darkness and reknit it in simply stockinette (all knit) stitch which she then left for Donata to find in the morning. I presume she expected a thank you. Now, whenever a strange woman sits next to me while I’m knitting, I stiffen up like a board and clutch my knitting to my bosom like some sort of terrified mother.
Anywho, I’m rather proud of my knitting projects so I’ve included a few of the finished ones below. Not too many requests now!
PROJECT #2: Wrap scarf
PROJECT 3: Hat for Andy called “Turn a Square”
PROJECT 4: Lattice knit top