Scottish Stories – The Knitting Knapper Strikes Again

It was all Minnie The Minx’s idea. She’d seen some knitting needles in a shop and was keen to have a go.

AND we were heading to Scotland. Minnie is left-handed and so is my big sister.

‘Aunty Mairi can teach you to knit!’ I said. I like that passing-the-buck school of mothering, don’t you?


Then I got inspired by the learn to knit posts on The Crafty Expat and thought I’d have a bash before we left, letting wee Minnie see how it was done.

I got huge needles and huge wool and just cast on 30 stitches and cast off on a knitting adventure. The result is the neck cowl seen above. Much needed as soon as we got off the ‘plane.

But look who’s knapped my knitting needles now?

It’s Dexbox13, deprived of his Xbox, he’s seized the needles and knobbled my knitting!


That gorgeous wool is from Spain, bought in a tiny craft shop here in the seaside town of Nairn where my wee sister Morag lives.

Our enthusiastic junior knitter somehow managed to turn my 20 stitches into 30. But anyway, we finished the ball of wool and here’s the next scarf.


When the weather forecast looks like it does, you can’t knit scarves fast enough.


Yes, we’re spending LOTS od time inside nattering and knitting. Minnie the Minx has learned basic knitting but she’s not really keen at all.

So the next scarf is started already. I’ve got all possessive and started a wee five plain, five purl for five rows and change around sort of thing.

Dexbox will have to start his own scarf.


I’m still totally intimidated by proper knitting patterns, but the only way is up.

Are you a mad knitter?

Or is it just us here in the frozen north?

Hope it’s a lovely week for everyone in gorgeous hot sunny Sydney. 

Love from your Caledonian pal,


Other Scottish Stories from April 2013 are:

At Yellowcraig Beach Today

On Friendships Old + New

A Muddy Walk To See The Lambs

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Posted on: April 29, 2013


  • Reply April 29, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Wow you have taken off. I love the green checks and never knew that’s how you got that effect. I have been a knitter since I was a kid, but it’s been a long while between drinks,

    I reckon craft and cold weather is a perfect synergy.

  • Reply April 29, 2013


    Loving the photo of your Dexbox 13! Cross fingers I can get one like it in a few years! And that wool is to die for! Hmmm. Might be time to start looking for wool for long winters nights. It’s getting chilly here! (Not quite as chilly as in Nairn though!)

  • Reply April 29, 2013


    I’m so happy I have inspired you and your children to take on knitting! Thank you so much for the mention! I’m sharing your post on my Facebook page. I love the yarn you got especially the green one!

  • Reply April 29, 2013


    Just tried arm knitting, easy and quick

    • Reply April 30, 2013


      What’s arm knitting Lynds?? Wee lassie is asking for the kind of dress you knitted last year. We are freezing over here, so are keeping on knitting like crazy.

  • Reply April 30, 2013

    Gourmet Getaways

    I love the wool, it looks fantastic! My nan taught me to knit, so obviously my mum passed the buck too 😉

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