Sunday, April 29, 2012

Crafting Balance - 3KCBWDay7

Today is the last day of knit/crochet blog week. I've really enjoyed being able to blog this week without having to think of a topic myself. The final topic is as follows:

Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

I had a hard time writing this entry. I ended up writing an entire essay and it got weird and deep and a little stupid. So I will try going in the opposite direction: short and sweet. I will limit myself to fiber crafts. I have tried out knitting, crochet, spinning, felting (needle and wet), dying, quilting and sewing (garments). And for the most part, have enjoyed them all. But knitting has captured my heart. There is so much you can do with knitting. The shaping, the texture, the color; it's like a dance with fiber. I do rotate through different crafts, but because of The Book, I have committed myself to knitting.
How committed to knitting? A whole box full of yarn's worth of commitment.

It has been exciting to see my skill level go up, especially in pattern writing. Things that use to take me days to figure out are taking an afternoon instead. (Although I have my fair share of problems that take a week or more to solve and lots of trips to the frog pond.) I am really excited to show you all what I have been working on, but most everything has to be kept secret for now.
Mmmmm, Tosh Sock in Fathom. Mmmmm.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading my blog. And thanks to those of you who have started reading by way of knit/crochet blog week. Hopefully you'll stick around a bit to see what new designs I'm coming up with. You know, so you can say, "I knew her BEFORE she was famous." If you leave a comment, that'll prove that you did.


Pumpkin said...

That Tosh Sock is amazing! Ah, that color is just fantastic! Congrats on making it through the entire blog week. You should treat yourself to some yarn or something!

Anonymous said...

I agree. I learned to crochet first, but that was because nobody around me could teach me how to knit! And then I sewed a lot, and quilted a little, but knitting belongs to my heart. Isn't it great!

Anonymous said...

I do the same with regards to being a bit of a crafting floozy. When I feel in a funk with one craft I gravitate towards an alternative for a while - change is always good isn't it?!

Jennifer said...

I have enjoyed your posts on knit/crochet blog week. And your photos are always so wonderful!

I've never learned how to crochet. I do have a learn to crochet book that someone gave to me, and I do want to learn how to crochet, but I find that I am just so busy with my other hobbies right now. I have a desire to learn to spin, but I have absolutely no space for a fiber stash, so I won't let myself go there.

Andi G said...

They may be able to say they "knew you when", but they can't say they had a crush on your blog, like I do! ;)
Really is there anything better than a box of yarn, I don't think so. I have enjoyed reading all your posts this past week,

José said...

Is that sock yarn really as blue as on the pic ? I think it's ace ! And more than that... :-)

I agree with you on the knitting
Come to think about it though, I use knitting an d crocheting for different things.. : really in favor of knitted garments, but when it comes to blankets or cushion covers, I mostly go for crochet...

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