Friday, March 14, 2008

Just say "No"

Okay - I am sure that I am not the only knitter addicted to knitting... As my DH says, "it's like heroin for you." And like anyone addicted to something they love, I have tried to hook someone else. A business acquaintance was telling me how she needs a hobby. I told her all about the joys of knitting and she was so enthused by the end of our conversation, that she was going to pick up supplies ASAP!!!

My husband expresses his deepest sympathies to her husband. Quoting Nancy Reagan, he tells everyone I talk to about knitting,"Just say no." :P He doesn't understand why I would spend hours with fuzzy yarn and pointy sticks creating something I intend to give away. (I rarely keep my own knitted objects. It seems I usually knit with someone else in mind.) He has so much to learn!!

Yes, yarn is my drug... knitting is my therapy. I certainly do not knit to make money. I knit because it feels good and my gifts make others feel good too. (And it keeps me from eating entire chocolate cakes.. hee-hee) Time to get my knit fix!!


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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Shoveling Out

Dh is out plowing neighbor's driveways; the kiddos have just finished their hot lunches (yes, I actually cooked); the blizzard has passed us; and the kids are bundling up to go sledding.. What does all of this mean? Time {dare I say it} alone to knit! Now, I have about a bazillion UFOs/WIPs to choose from. But I am still bound and determined to learn to crochet this weekend!!!! (I also have work for school to do - but priorities, priorities..) I am going to whip out my crochet video (The Art of Knitting 2 and Crochet) and try, try again.. I may not be as enthusiastic after trying for a couple of hours, but I am determined to learn to crochet!


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Saturday, March 8, 2008

There are knitters and there are crocheters....

I started knitting to relax and have fun. Which is good, because thusfar I haven't finished many WIPs. I actually just enjoy the process right now. I think once I get better at knitting and expand my skills set, I will finish more things. But right now, I am just content to knit rectangular objects and improve.

A friend was telling me how incredibly fast crochet was and I should try it... I thought, how hard could crochet be? I got me some hooks and yarn; curled up with NexStitch; and began my foundation chain. Okay, crochet is NOT simple if you don't know how to do it. I somehow decrease in every row. My foundation chain is noticeably looser than the rest of my piece. I'm beginning to wonder if there are knitters and there are crocheters and one can learn the other but has a definite afinity/talent for one over the other.

I mean, I want to like crochet. I want to learn to sc, dc, hdc, et cetera! But the odds were not in my favor today. (The crochet gods are laughing at me!)

Tunisian Crochet peaks my interest as well. I even thought I would try that. But once again, there was a problen with my work: this time my left hand edge is loose and sloppy looking. But I will say that I really like the woven look of Tunisian Crochet. ('Would love to see a project using Tunisian Crochet [Afghan Stitch] with tweed yarn!!) And as a knitter I can fully appreciate carrying stitches on the hook.

I was hoping that today's blizzard would facilitate my learning crochet or at the very least foster my excitement for the needle craft. Instead, I have a headache and about 20 swatches of very odd shaped crochet-like things...

Tomorrow will be another day to try. I might as well enjoy being snowed in!!


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