Like Pauline McLynn, the actress who plays Mrs. Doyle in the channel 4 series 'Father Ted', I was taught to knit by my mother. Knitting is a wonderful hobby, and and really fun and satisfying way to pass the time.
Recently however, the actress known so well for her mantra, 'Ah go on, go on, go on...' has now turned her hobby and her catchphrase into an online enterprise selling knitted tea cosies - the Go Ons. News article on Silicon Republic.
Dublin City Public Libraries has lots of great titles if you're starting out as a knitter for the first time, or if you're a more experienced knitter there are also good titles available.
Some recommended titles are:
This is a great book to start with if you have no experience at all - it explains how patterns work very clearly (as the can be double-dutch to a novice!). The accompanying photos demonstrating the different techniques are also really clear and easy to follow.
The Knitter's Book of Socks: The yarn lover's ultimate guide to creating socks that fit well, feel great, and last a lifetime.
This is a lovely book for the more experienced knitter, and someone particularly fond of knitting socks! Most of the patterns are quite advanced, but one of the patterns is recommended as a starting point if you've never knit socks before.
Knitting is really experiencing a revival in interest at the moment, see these library blog posts from another knitting fan for more information and staff picks: