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Welcome to Knit Republic!

 

My name is Rachel and as far back as I can remember I have loved to make things.  Over the years I have tried my hand at many different crafts, including dressmaking, needle felting, lino printing, weaving, cross stitch, fabric dyeing, crochet and many more.

My Grandma taught me the mechanics of knitting as a child, but I never got very far.  Periodically, she would cast on 20 or 30 stitches and I would manage a row or two before ending up with a tangled mess of wool, needles, tears (and sometimes hair).  Despite plenty of crafty endeavours since then, it was many years before I went back to knitting as I had decided it was too complicated and something I would be unable to master.

A few years ago, I was going through a difficult time and couldn’t seem to rest or switch off.  My Mum suggested I try knitting again to take my mind off my problem and have something else to focus on.  I did, and I discovered a few things;

  1. Knitting can be tricky at first, and requires some effort and dedication, but it is something that anyone can learn (and is well worth it).
  2. It is a great way to relax and soothe a troubled mind (it has been proven to have many mental health benefits).
  3. You don’t want my Mother as a knitting teacher.  She had no patience, didn’t understand why I couldn’t tell the difference between a knit and a purl stitch and got extremely frustrated when I dropped both with alarming frequency.  It was an insight into how she must feel when I am trying to teach her how to open an email. Again.
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My very first completed project

So, I bought and devoured books and magazines, read knitting articles and blogs day and night, and became obsessed with YouTube videos on the myriad ways to cast on, bind off, hold the needles, knit, purl and many other topics I was previously unaware were even a thing.

It took me 3 months to knit my first completed item; a chunky scarf in 1×1 ribbing.  The sense of achievement I felt when I had an actual finished scarf draped around my neck spurred me on to try something new.

I went on to discover lots more stitches, patterns and techniques, fantastic online resources, new tools and eventually began to design my own patterns.  I have learned through trial and (lots and lots of) error, curiosity and a continuous desire to develop my skills and now want to explore this further with my blog.

I will be posting tutorials, patterns, tips, and other woolly things and I hope you will stick around!

Thanks for stopping by!

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