Why does anyone learn to knit? As an antidote to restless hands, as a way of connecting with an older relative or a family tradition?
Knitting is often seen as a craft for women who are expecting children/ grandchildren or a pastime for retirees… learners often give up halfway through their first scarf and never discover the incredible richness of this art form or the diverse community worldwide who embrace it as a mindfulness practice, a creative outlet, or a way to express their cultural heritage.
It’s amazing how much joy some string and two sticks has brought me over the years… I learnt to knit when I was 5 and I’m still learning! Exploring knitting patterns with my grandma, workshops and knit alongs with friends have not only nurtured my skills but enriched my life. Knitting has fostered friendships, inspired travel and of course, a creative career.
I began running Dear Pru in 2017 as a side hustle while working as a high school teacher in Adelaide, South Australia. My original intent was to share skills, foster creativity and connect people around knitting. Teaching knitting workshops around Australia remains at the core of my business. I also design knitting patterns for sale in print internationally and online, and I work with Fibre Feast SA to celebrate and share the colourful South Australian fibre and yarn craft scene. Work has begun on an online learning platform to be launched mid 2023.
Dear Pru’s sock workshop is fantastic! Anyone who’s reading this who is still on the fence- get yourself a ticket! Even if you know “how to do socks” already, there are so many variations that you’ll probably learn something you didn’t know already
I never thought I’d be good at knitting or even begin to understand how to do it… I absolutely love knitting now. I aspire to make a beanie and socks, and one day a jumper!