Garter Stitch Goodness

Garter stitch, the knitting staple
Garter stitch, the knitting staple

If lace shawls are the knitter’s chocolate box of goodies, then garter stitch must surely be the bread and butter of the knitter’s world.

A new project on the needles last night. I know that I shouldn’t, but some patterns demand to be knitted as soon as they are discovered and this is one of them.

Aestlight Shawl by The Shetland Trader, Gudrun Johnston.

The project is so new that I don’t yet have a name for it. I’m making the large size as I have 2 skeins to play with. That’s a whole lot of garter stitch (triangle to 154 stitches) and I find myself being drawn a long way into the past: sat upright at my desk, in serried rows with all the girls in our Junior school year, Whitby Road Junior and Infant  School. We are learning to knit, even those of us who already can. We are knitting dishcloth squares in garter stitch using hanks of natural ecru dishcloth cotton.

That must be the last time in my life that I knitted so much garter stitch. Almost 50 years ago!

Shawl cast on last night on 4 mm needles and using Natalie’s The Yarn Yard “Hug” merino sock yarn in Crusty Bread shade. How apt.

Life's basics: food to eat and clothes to keep me warm
Life's basics: food to eat and clothes to keep me warm

Milk Rolls recipe on request. We’re having them with mushroom pâté for our tea.

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