Hello world!

My name is Ann-Marie and, among many other things, I’m really enjoy knitting.

This year I’m taking myself on a knitting adventure! On this blog, I’ll be sharing my adventures in playing with colours and knitwear design.

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” — Wilfred Peterson

To try new things, to make new blog-friends, and to break my routines of simply following patterns, rather than try to understand knitting techniques and of buying yarn that simply languishes in my stash, I’ve created a challenge for myself.

Opening doors: the challenge

Each month, based on a picture of a door, I’m going to:

  • Design a knitting pattern that incorporates the colours and/or patterns and textures of the picture
  • Knit it using yarn that is already in my stash
  • Blog about my progress
  • And finally, publish the pattern on ravelry.

I’m hoping that through this challenge, I’m going to deeping my understanding of knitting techniques, and perhaps try a few new ones, play more with colour combinations, particularly those that I wouldn’t normally use, use more of the beautiful hand-dyed yarn I keep buying, and have fun along the way.

Why pink geraniums?

Well, geraniums were the first flowers I grew in my windowbox at university, and watching the plants grow and the flowers bloom made me happy. I feel geraniums are such fun plants too, with their curvy, curly leaves, many flowers and the many, many colours and varieties they come in. Plus they’re down-to-earth and easy to grow, while still being so pretty, and I’d like my designs to reflect all of these aspects.