I started off making tiny little things from simple patterns, mainly from library books. Things like these little boots from ‘Natural Nursery Knits’.
Then I realised that buying pattern books was also a lot of fun, so my bookshelf filled up fast. From there I discovered spinning, and procured a wheel and a number of beautiful spindles which helped me make my own yarn.
This kept me happy for a few months until I decided that I couldn’t find a pattern to suit a particular yarn that I wanted to use. So I wrote my own.
And now? My in-laws have a neighbour who keeps lambs. They sheared one and kept the fleece aside for me. My mother in law soaked it clean in her bathtub (not sure father in law was thrilled).
It turns out I am now going to try my hand at preparing and possibly dying my own fibre, to make my own yarn, to knit up my own pattern. Wish me luck, I guess!