As a child, I LOVED knitting. I tortured my aunt and my mum to teach me. If they were knitting, I was rooting around their bags for the small left overs and a pair of short needles. But you know how some things that you didn't get to do/have in childhood kind of stick with you? Well, for me French knitting is one of those things. I always found the knitting dolly a mysterious, intriguing item but for some reason I never had one and consequently, I've never tried French knitting until now. When this wee hooji flashed up in a marketing email recently, I'd hit BUY before I knew it.
So it arrived and well, the mysteries of French knitting were revealed in rather a short time. Perhaps I'd built this up to be something of an anti-climax?
But, fear not! Thrifty, scrap conscious me hit upon a plan. I've got lots of small ends of yarn from crochet projects and wondered what would happen if I French knit them all together randomly, and then use the resulting knitted tube as a chunky yarn in its own right for some kind of scrappy crochet throw or floor rug or something. Maybe that would work?
Of course, as my new "yarn" is growing, I can't resist a wee play with my rather large crochet hook - 15mm.
Just a few more stitches ...
Of course, it'll take a lot of this new tube yarn to make anything, so I may be a while. Come back in about 8 years and see the first couple of crocheted rounds ;-)
So now I just have a couple of questions. Why is it called French Knitting? Do the French have a particular penchant for these yarn tubes? And what did/do people actually do with the tubular knitting that results? Anyone know?