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3KCBWDAY7 – Crafting Balance
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)?

For six years, I was a knitter only. In January of 2005 I began my love affair with knitting with this basketweave scarf that was a gift to Grandma and in less than two years I’d moved on from scarves and hats to a thorough addiction to sock yarn. Crochet confounded me; I couldn’t understand what it was for or why anyone would want to do it. The crochet projects that I saw just looked silly. Who needs a half a sweater that looks like a net or a poncho that looks like an escapee from an early 1970s thrift shop dropoff? Knitting, I thought, should be good enough for anyone. Crochet just isn’t necessary. Right? Wrong.

In early 2009 I began work on the Napramach bag (which is embarrassingly unfinished, still, and will look much better after blocking). The instructions called for the sides of the bag to be crocheted together, and for the first time I considered that perhaps I should learn to do this. But then I put that out of my mind and got to knitting the stranded colourwork, figuring that if I ever finished the darned thing I’d just get one of my crocheting friends to help me out with the finishing. Right? Wrong.

It makes me happy to think that if I ever do finish knitting this darned thing, I’ll be able to do the finishing myself now!

For my birthday in 2011 I gave myself the present of learning a new skill, and decided it would be crochet. I spent a weekend morning in a sunbeam reading my copy of “The Happy Hooker” and decided that my first crochet project would be a baby blanket for friend Marjie, who was then expecting Baby Sam. After lots of searching around on Ravelry I decided to go big instead of going home, and chose the Hexagon Blanket instead of something simple like a bunch of single crochet with five strands at once, which would have been really quick and easy. And now to go along with my addiction to sock yarn, I find myself drawn to the kitchen cotton in artsycrafts stores, thinking “Hmm, I could use another washcloth…” Right? Right.

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9 Responses

  1. Pumpkin says:

    I love the blanket you have started there, it will be so beautiful by the time you are finished! I love the happy hooker, I don’t think that I would know the little crochet that I do without that book.

  2. Vanessa says:

    I do love that blanket you started there. The thing I don’t like about crochet is that it cuts into my knitting time! ;)

  3. Kori says:

    Learned to knit at first in ’08, only learning the basic knit stitch, because I had made some “plastic bag yarn” in an effort to try and recycle. I worked a little bit on a basic scarf (which was never finished) with some yarn already in the house (we had hand me down yarn, haha) and worked a little bit on a couple of basic knit-purl scarves with multiple strands of yarn. Later on I started getting more and more information (mostly via the internet) and my first real attempt in knitting in the round was with Hansi Singh’s “tomato” pattern from her book Amigurumi Knits! I was exclusively a knitter for a few years, but last year I managed to learn several crochet stitches and I’ve been doing more crochet recently than knitting because it is faster, even though I prefer the look of knitted articles for the most part…

  4. You do beautiful work! And what amazing first projects for both knitting and crochet!

    Great addition to 3KCBWDAY7

  5. Truly Myrtle says:

    The blanket is absolutely fantastic – will you be able to give it away??!! Lucky baby – he might be a big kid by the time he gets it I guess!

  6. I will say that I taught myself knitting in college to avoid drinking. I was strict in my keeping myself completely sober before I turned 21. This was a success (yes I drink socially now) and I was well on my way. I taught myself from “Stitch ‘n’ Bitch” how to knit but I could NOT figure out how to PURL. It wasn’t until I had someone hold my hands and direct the needles to create that kind of stitch. I loved knitting and still do but a couple of years ago, one of my bestest friends taught me how to crochet a Granny Square. Well…it was all over from there. I have numerous projects of both crafts going. I typically will grab the smaller project, no matter the craft, for on the go and when I get home I will work on the bigger ones. I will also say that I knit and crochet on two different hands. If I’ve been knitting for a while, I get a wear mark on my right index finger. This usually causes me to switch crafts for a while until the left index finger is sore from crocheting and then I switch again! LOL. Crude but effective and keeps me busy!

    For March this year, I did nothing but crochet for International Crochet month. Got me all caught up on some projects and I started a couple others. Now it’s April and I will say that most of my projects are knitting but I have a couple of crochet things going and a couple to start based on certain CAL’s that I’m in.

    The life of a busy crafter…

  7. Sue says:

    love the colours you have used for your crochet blanket. I really need to get started, this week has made me more determined to crack crochet

  8. Liz Washburn says:

    I’m going to pick up a copy of The Happy Hooker. I’ve only done a bit of crochet, but your baby blanket inspires me to do more.

  9. The blanket is awesome! Going big vs. going home was a great choice for you!

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