It rained all last summer and I couldn't do many of my outdoor hobbies so I did a lot of crochet and it was only a matter of time before I started knitting again too. Since Debbie Stoller's crochet book had been so good I decided to get Stitch and Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. For good measure I also got Stitch and Bitch Nation also by Ms. Stoller. Stitch and Bitch is a great beginners book with lots of clear instructions about how to do just about everything you will ever need to while knitting. I refer to it all the time whenever I can't remember how to do things like ssk. Stitch and Bitch Nation is more about patterns and how to make your knit clothes fit you. It's very good also. I haven't made any jumpers from it but the information is very useful. Now that I remembered how to knit I decided to try a jumper.

I found another wool shop in Waterford on Patrick St called Needles and Pins. They stock a good range of wool including Sirdar, Patons and Wendy. They also stock a great selection of crochet hooks, knitting needles and stuff for tapestry. I bought a Sirdar Denim Knits pattern book and 7 balls of Sirdar Denim Chunky. With my Mum's help over the next few months I finished a cardigan. It's really nice and wearable too.

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