Going to my first knit night…

1970's Vintage Knitting Book

1970's Vintage Knitting Book


Before heading to my first knit night ever I had to buy some yarn.  When you live in downtown Hamilton with no car any last minute options for yarn purchasing can be limited to mainly The Dollar Store.  Luckily a friend had recently tipped me off to a knit shop that just opened in Westdale called Fireball Knits .  I decided to take a little look.  Although currently their selection of yarn is limited, as the store has just barely opened, the owner, Elizabeth assured me that more wool would be coming in soon.  According to Elizabeth, in addition to selling yarn, Fireball Knits also offers all different sorts of crafty classes such as; yarn dyeing, weaving, drop spindle, spinning wheel, crochet and knitting.  They even sell spinning wheels! I ended up buying two types of yarn, and Elizabeth even pointed to a picture on the wall of the very sheep my yarn came from.

Last week I went to the knit night at The Brain, which has been host to a knit night now for an established amount of Wednesday evenings, (so established that it appears they even received a free plate of Portuguese nata custard tarts!).  There was a good show of knitters -about 15.  A friend taught me a basic stitch and I was well on my way to knitting a monster-green dish cloth.  I’m not going to fool anyone with my novice knitting skills, cast on cast off.

When I used to work as a librarian I saved some books from the discard pile, which I thought might come in handy if I ever decided to take up knitting.  It’s a good place to go for some knitting inspiration.  These pictures are from the book Knitting Techniques and Projects.

retro blue knit sweater and knee high socks

Knit two piece bikini

retro 70's knit picnic

knit argyle scottish knee highs socks

retro knit caps hats

retro 70's knit tunic

*The Brain, 199 James St. north, Hamilton

*Fireball Knits, 777 King St. west, Hamilton

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