KNIT YOUR OWN 'MUST HAVE' PIECES
Have you ever tried knitting? I know that this hobby has a bit of reputation of being something to indulge in when reaching later years of ones life. Of course, I know there are people in all ages that love to knit - but I do think it’s safe to say that this is a skill that not many people chooses to learn anymore. Or at least not in London… In Norway, knitting is still a pretty common thing – but I don’t think I have met anymore here in The UK who knows how to, and when I tried to look up where to buy yarn here in London I was struggling to find a shop that was reasonably close by.
I am a massive fan of knitwear and during this cold and grey time of year it is pretty much the only things I wear. My fellow blogger, Zsanett, always laughs at me when we go shopping as I’m always going straight for the knit wear stuff. But can you blame me? Big chunky knitted jumpers are warm (!!), soft and cosy and most of them look super stylish. Or is it just the Scandi in me who has an over obsessive love for knits?
I think there are so many amazing knitwear pieces out there atm, but my problem is that most of the things I looooove are usually from a high end designer brand and the prices are just a tad too high for me to justify buying them. So… why not make them your self? Well, I’m not going to lie and pretend that I’m a good knitter – because I really am not! I only just finished my second beanie (see photos further down – I am very proud), but you got to start somewhere. Of course, good quality yarn is not cheap – so it’s not always cheaper to make the clothes your self, and if you count in the value of your time working on it – then I guess the jumpers ends up being rather expensive. But if you enjoy knitting, then you shouldn’t obviously think of the time used on it as an expense.
But enough babbling from me now, I’m going to get to my main point of this post now. I (as so many others lately) fell in love with the Julliard sweater from GANNI. However, it costs £355 and to me that is just a bit too much to spend on one jumper when you can also get pretty amazing stuff from places like Zara and H&M for £30 - £50.
My good friend whom I was recently visiting in Norway was wearing one of these jumpers in red, and I was like – wow, did you actually buy on of those. It looked great, and I have to admit that I was a tad jealous (hehe, in a nice way I promise). She told me that she had got the knitting patterns for it and that her mother in law had made it for her. She forwarded me the patterns, but sadly I was (and still am not) not any where near being able to knit this my self. I know my beanie looks pretty epic and impressive… but this jumper was just a step to high for me at this point. Luckily for me I got in touch with this very talented lady who lives back in my hometown, who was happy to knit it for me for a reasonable price :) Ok, so I ended up spending quite a bit in total on the jumper after all. But the yarn was on sale at the time, and this lovely lady gave me a really good price – so I still got it for quite a lot less than £355. And I also now have a jumper that fits me perfectly as its been made specifically to my body measurements (I have btw found out the my arms are kind of short during this process..hehe).
I love my new pink ‘Ganni inspired’ sweater, and I couldn’t care less that it’s a replicate and not completely identical to the real deal. I think the fact that it is home made makes it even more special :) Now I am thinking that I really need to practice my knitting skills as my ‘knit wear wish list’ is just so very long, and I would love to be able to create some items my self and also make little amendments to make it more personal and unique. Maybe I can start with a very simple jumper, or is that a too big of a step from a simple beanie? :P