Start Small

You may have seen a lot of social media posts about oversized chunky knitting lately. I’ve certainly been tagged in a few!  

These huge arm sized Knits look really cool and lots of fun, but for a beginner, I like to start small.  A bit like my new kitten Earl. So cute!!

Handwarmers are the perfect project to get you knitting. They are easy to knit - worked flat, not in the round - and you will learn all the essential knitting skills. 

Learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.  From there you will be ready to tackle any project.  

The beauty of a small project is it is quick to finish so you won't have time to be bored. Also these little projects are very portable - just pop it in your bag and you can knit wherever you like - the bus, the beach... where ever!



The WhatJaneKnits handwarmer kits are such a great project currently available in two beautiful colours - dark blue/green teal and vivid fushia.  They also make a great gift for guys and girls.

Superior quality 100% Australian merino yarn. 

The handwarmer project kit comes complete with beautiful yarn, knitting needles, pattern, sewing needle and resealable project bag.

There are video tutorials and help from me online. 



Beautiful teal handwarmers and beanie  


Small things are so cute.. fushia handwarmers 💗 


As a child of the 70s I have quite a few of these photos with rounded corners, taken on my Instamatic camera. This particular photograph is a favourite and the story of this knitted jumper has stayed in my mind.


I remember my Mum knitting this with a huge bag of yarn and giant grey plastic needles. They were Rocket needles. Such a cool name I thought, Rocket needles!

It must have been school holidays and we were staying at my Uncles farm. My Mum was knitting away creating this awesome jumper using what she said was Carpet wool.  Oh wow, I thought, Carpet wool and Rocket needles this is cool.

I'm guessing that my Mums knitting did not go exactly to plan. I think this very on trend chunky cowl handknit was intended for her. What a boon for me then, that the finished item was obviously too small. I was given the amazing jumper. How exciting. I felt like such a grown up! After all this was the height of fashion in the 70s  all the glamour models were wearing this style. Yes, funny isn't it 2015 has the same trend!

Look at that smile as I hoist my little cousin on my hip, proudly modelling the chunky knit in front of the family Cortina. I was only about 11 years old, but I thought I was very mature.

As a knitter now, I can see the folly of this project. Carpet wool!! Are you kidding ?  This was never going to end well. And guage... don't forget to measure the gauge!

I can tell you my smile soon faded as this jumper was the heaviest and scratchiest thing I think I've ever worn. In fact I think this may have been the only time it was worn.

I'm sure my Mum was really disappointed she couldn't wear this jumper. However the photo of her daughter, so happy to sport this garment, must have made her feel a little better and at least she finished it and it was being worn.


What knitting memories do you have of your Mum? I'd love to hear. Let me know in the comments.