Seriously who thought up arm knitting? Genius. Arm knitting is one of those things I look at and think, mmmm harder than it looks, not for me. Over the long weekend I wanted to crochet a scarf for someone, turns out my wool was far to chunky for any of the needles I had, and I had up to 10mm. I thought I would knit it, again my needles were just not big enough and I have 12mm. While it looked ok it's wasn't the chunky loose look I was going after.
In comes the arm knitting. I actually was looking at it Saturday night, then a friend sent an image on the Monday morning [public holiday], and I found the video tutorial for the above image from Handimani, here.
I love it, I love the look, the feel, how easy it was and now all 3 of my girls want one! What a perfect gift that takes little to no time at all and you literally make it with your hands. Taking handmade to a whole new level.
To start with I did cast on a little then play a little before actually sitting and making it. I wanted to make sure I could do it and not make mistakes. Even so I did, but they were easily fixed.
What I did learn : Make sure you have the 30-45 min set aside, go to the loo first too, best not drink tea before hand, like I did. I got closer to the end and almost ran out of wool, which I then made the cast off a little tight, and they didn't match up the best. I used one ball, two would had been perfect.
I absolutely love my knitted blanket. But I tell you what this is coming a very close second to one of my favourite things I have made to DATE. I can't wait to make more. Heading to get more balls today [I got the 100% acrylic from my local reject shop for $8 a ball. My local fabric shop has them as well, better quality for $10. The local cheap shop ball is still just as soft]. If I hadn't made this with someone in mind, I would keep it for myself. Already I have a few people I want to make for, best of all I could get two made in a sitting.