I taught myself to knit. When Nicola left for university I took over from her as Saturday girl in the village wool shop. I had never had so much money before.
Having mastered the basics of knitting my first attempt was a cabled jumper, how hard could that be? Having answered that question I progressed to fancy yarns and Emu Butterfly, a multicoloured mohair, this was the 80’s – nice colours but unpicking mohair was soul destroying and then Snowball, a super chunky – the pattern had a hand warmer pocket and garter stitch panels and I discovered the truth that just because you can knit the pattern it doesn’t mean you’ll look like the model.
Then finally it all came together with a trip to the local town and Rowan. A stocking stitch jumper in a tweedy, aran weight yarn with no fancy stitches (I think there was a pocket but I left it out, I’d learned that lesson). I wore that jumper to death.
So, at last, I come to the point of these ramblings, when I saw Knoll Kilcarra Tweed I had to have it. It’s the perfect beginners yarn, tweedy so you don’t need any fancy stitches, aran weight so it knits up quite quickly, and as a single ply with a light halo and nubs of colour, mistakes can blend in.
From Donegal it’s meant to be reminiscent of homespun yarn, obviously not any yarn that I’ve ever managed to spin, but it has a slight thick-thin thing going on and when washed it softens and fluffs up. It might still be a bit itchy to wear next to the skin for some but over a top it’d be lovely and warm and because it’s woollen spun it’s a light, airy fabric.
Best of all are the colours.
I’m in love with Raphoe
And if you’re not a beginner then it would be fantastic for cable work, it’s not so multicoloured that patterns would get lost.