1 hour ago
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Never say never
Once I discovered crochet, there was no turning back for me. Knitting had been lovely but crochet was a different story altogether - love at first hook. My yarn craft of choice.
And crochet suits/suited much more my passion for making toys, with the whole amigurumi thing, the tubes and the circles , and no horrible sewing up that knitting and knitted toys always brought. That almost took away the entire pleasure of making as I was so bad at it.
So I did not knit for 10 years, my only use for a knitting needle in those ten years as a stuffing stick for tiny limbs when I couldn't find a chopstick.
But then suddenly, recently I began to get the desire to make some clothes for some of my mohair bears.
And while crochet makes far more sense in actual toy and animals, knitting makes more sense in terms of clothing. For me at least.
To be crochet clothes not have the same effect or look that knitted ones do, or maybe it's my brain cannot think of crochet in terms of clothes, but can easily for knitting I don't know.
So last week I picked up my knitting needles and with a simple pattern I started.
Things I love about knitting.
How after 10 years i had not forgotten a thing, the symbols, the signs, how to increase , cast off , cast on etc.
How after all this time with not doing it my tension hadn't gone back to beginners standard, and was well pretty reasonable.
How easily i feel back into the rthymn of it.
How even after using a simple pattern all my knowledge and rememberings of how to make my own patterns returned.
And how it really is the perfect craft for watching the footy.
Things I didn't love so much ( and only remembered as I started)
how if you make a mistake it's much harder to see it ( for at least) and much more of a pain to undo as you basically have to un knit each bit til you find the bad spot. where as with crochet I find it much easier to see, and easier to unrip without losing stitches.
How it can be a little awkward at times on public transport elbowing people while you knit.
How easily it is for all those 30 or so stitches to come off your needles and how hard it is to rethread them.
And of course the dreaded sewing up.
So don't worry for a moment , I've not abandoned my beloved crochet. But I'm happy not to be one or the other . Using which one suits my purpose or desired outcome best.
so my advice , never say never or at least be open to an old friend coming back in a new form.