Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Crafting Balance

Day Seven of the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Today’s code, if you wish to follow along the other blogs also participating, is 3KCBWDAY7. You’ll need to enter that into the search engine of your choice and if everyone tagged their posts correctly, you’ll find other bloggers talking about the same subject! Fun, right?

 

Today’s post is Crafting Balance

 

Eskimimi says:

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 am very much a crocheter. I have only knitted one thing in my entire life and it took me three weeks to make.

 

My only knitted project

 

Yes, that simple dishcloth took me three weeks. Why? Because while I had learned how to knit and purl, I had not learned how to undo mistakes. So, if I made one, I ripped the whole thing out and started over. Multiple times.

 

At that point I realized that knitting was just not for me. Not at that time. I had deadlines, I had things to do, and I could whip out a ton of crocheted dishcloths in the time it took me to knit one. In fact, I have…see:

 

2 sets of crocheted dishcloths for gifts

 

So yeah, crocheting has always been faster for me.

But, recently, while working my way out of this very deep rut I dug for myself, I’ve realized faster isn’t always better. As I revel in taking a long time to make a lace shawl, I realize how much I’m enjoying taking my time and enjoying each stitch. That’s something I lost when I was producing under deadline. For the last couple of years especially, it’s been all about how quickly I could get an item done so I could move on to the next one. And in that I lost the joy of the fiber.

I’m not saying I’m ready to pick up knitting needles right away, or that I’ll ever be as prolific with them as I am with the hook. But, I think the time is coming that I may start working on a few simple things. I’ll have to buy new needles since I did learn that I liked the bamboo ones best and I gave those to my mom. The only ones I have still are the old metal ones my grandmother used. And those moved too fast for me. 🙂

I don’t think it’ll be an issue getting new needles. I have a wonderful yarn shop within walking distance that has a great selection, including some new ones I’ve never seen before. Not to fear, they also have a really great selection of nice crochet hooks, too. 🙂

So while I’m not a balanced crafter yet, I’m hoping to be soon.

I hope you enjoyed this Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! You can find other posts on this topic by using the code 3KCBWDAY7 in your search engine. Enjoy!