There are some folk in this world who are just born to craft and knit. And there are some who are so ham fisted that it is a constant struggle. I have a younger relative who knits truly outstanding garments and accessories. Every christmas is a delight as we know there’s going to be something really amazing for each of us to wear. I’ve watched her in action and I can’t put my finger on what it is that makes her knitting tension so beautifully even with every single row absolutely even, no loose stitches, no dropped ones that have to be rescued. Having a good eye for colour and yarn are things she has taught me to appreciate and her gentle encouragement has allowed me to improve. Reading through every pattern is also critical. Ensuring I buy the right gauge needle for my knitting and to test, test, test so that a change up or down in needle size can be introduced before the garment grows too much!