If you need a beanie, scarf or cosy rug, grab some knitting needles and yarn and get busy knitting!
With the cool tendrils of winter curling their way into the early mornings and evenings you might find yourself digging out the winter woollies. Winter brings to mind images of a steaming mug of hot chocolate, sitting around a roaring fire and wearing your favourite snuggly jumper. If you need to add a beanie, scarf or cosy rug to that picture, grab some knitting needles and yarn and get busy knitting!
This practical past-time has a long history, with a pair of socks from Egypt dating from 11th century. The need for durable, warm clothing ensured knitting become a huge industry and quite the art form. Knitting today is for pleasure, but it is nice to know that you are participating in an ancient ritual. The other great thing about knitting is anyone can have a crack at it – including kids and men. Yes guys, if Russell Crowe can do it, so can you!
Do not despair if you do not know how to knit, Sunshine Coast Libraries have you covered with a comprehensive collection of all things knitting. With so many projects available, there is sure to be something that tickles your fancy. Choose from the neck warming scarves and awesome beanies to cosy blankets or elaborate jumpers and cute babywear. If you think knitting is boring and only for little old ladies these ideas should persuade you otherwise.
- Take a look at these funny knitting patterns.
- Check out these wild and wacky knitting projects.
- Teach the kids with this handy how to video.
- Give back to your community by knitting for those in need both human and animal. Try Knit4charities or Wrap with love.
- Start an online social media knitting group where you can connect with fellow knitter’s share projects, problems and laughs.
So what are you waiting for, get out there and get knitting now!
Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:
- 1000 Japanese knitting & crochet stitches : the ultimate bible for needlecraft enthusiast
- The knit vibe : a knitter’s guide to creativity, community, and well-being for mind, body & soul
- Add one stitch knitting : build up your skills stitch by stitch in 15 stylish projects
- The complete beginner’s guide to knitting
- The Mr X Stitch guide to cross stitch
- A beginner’s guide to intarsia knitting : 11 simple inspiring projects with easy to follow steps
- Jomo knits ; 21 projects to celebrate the joy of missing out
Get carried away with these knitting eBooks:
- Vampire knits: projects to keep you knitting from Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller
- Highland knits: knitwear inspired by the Outlander series by Interweave
- Baby knits for beginners by Debbie Bliss
- Knitting for dummies by Allen
- The chicks with sticks guide to knitting by Nancy Queen
- The complete photo guide to knitting: all you need to know to knit: the essential reference for novice and expert knitters by Margaret Hubert
- Knitting without needles: a stylish introduction to finger and arm knitting by Anne Weil
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Listen to these knitting inspired eAudiobooks:
- And then you dye: Needlecraft mystery by Monica Ferris
- Lambs of God by Marele Day
- Murder tightly knit by Vannetta Chapman
You can borrow up to 30 eAudiobooks from each provider at a time for a period of three weeks. To get started, download the BorrowBox, Libby, and RBDigital apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Click clack with these knitting eMagazines:
- Knitting & crochet from Women’s Weekly
- Australian Knitting
- Interweave Knits
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Occupy your ears with these knitting podcasts while you knit:
- Fruity Knitting Knitting inspiration from around the world.
- The gentle knitter podcast Dedicated to all things that make life gentle.
- Relentless Knitting Emily and Karla knit relentlessly.
- Knit Lit Chicks Mother and daughter team are obsessed knitters and avid readers talking about current knitting projects and favourite books.
All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher.online survey.