I've started attending a weekly knitting group here in St Albans and I'm really enjoying having company whilst knitting. The group comprises a mix of women of all ages and backgrounds yet there is one strange thing that bonds several of us together – bizarrely five of us are all called Penelope! Not something you'd expect with the name not being all that common.
Its been lovely to get to know these women and between them they have some fantastic knitting skills. The speed of some of them is also astounding. Each week more and more finished items are pulled out bags to be passed round the group for everyone to admire. It's also the only group I've been to where it's common for someone to pull out their own knitted tea cosy to put on one of the cafe's tea pots!
Last week one of these lovely women pulled some knitted baby clothes from her bag and passed them around to ask for opinions on what age range they would fit. She's had these in her house for several years and couldn't remember what size she'd knit. After some debate on sizes she then asked if anyone knew of anyone with a child that would fit into this lovely cardigan. Errr – yes I said, Little Miss C. So, home with us came the cardigan and it fits LMC perfectly. A very pretty pattern and knit with much, much more skill than I have. I just couldn't believe that this woman was happy to just give this away. Next week I'll definitely make sure I'm there in time to pick up the tab for her tea and cake order.
The pressure's going to be on for whatever I knit next…