Sunday, April 29, 2012

3KCBWDAY7--Never Say Never

Today's topic:

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)?

I am a knitter, not a crochet-er.  I can do enough crochet to edge a sweater and I once made a red acrylic hat, which nobody wears.  Also, there was that time a few years ago when I was seized by the urge to work with a hook and so I crocheted an outrageous number of wash clothes, which we still use because we can't seem to wear them out. But really, I don't crochet.

I try not to be closed minded about crochet.  Over the years, one thing I have learned for sure is that I only think I know where I'm going next.  When I started quilting, I was sure that I would never want to learn applique (HA), never embellish anything with embroidery (oh, but I still love that turkey track stitch that I used on my applique pigs), and never stoop so low as to machine quilt one of my precious quilts (except maybe for the ones I actually wanted to finish in my lifetime).  For knitting, I knew that I would never bother with lace or intarsia (the intarsia thing is still true, due to an unfortunate experience early on with an afghan that was supposed to feature little scottie dogs) or with anything that had to be knit on size 13 or larger needles (the adorable dumpling bag I made a few years ago went much too fast to count, you know).

But for sure I have no present intention of further exploring crochet. To that end I was very careful not to look at the amazing granny squares someone was making at the yarn knitting shop last week. Therefore, it was in no way a revelation to me that a person could use such beautiful color combinations and such fine and pleasantly woolly yarn to make a crocheted object (actually, an increasingly large stack of crocheted objects) that I might find appealing, and I am definitely not considering whether any part of my stash might be suitable for such an endeavor or whether I could find a really nice crochet hook in just the right size. I am not interested in learning, if only because I couldn't possibly fit another craft inside my head.  I'm very limited that way. Not gonna do it.  Not gonna do it.  Wouldn't be prudent.  Not at this juncture.



  1. I love that quilt !It's brilliant :-)

    1. Thank you! I wish I could take credit for the design. It's from a kit by Rachel Pelman (or is it Pellman? It's been a while . . .)

  2. Great quilt...and crochet hooks...if you like wood I recommend Lantern Moon hooks...a bit expensive, but like crocheting with butter....also Asciano hooks...I did a blog post on hooks, if you'd like to read it...