I’m taking part in 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. Today’s task is to think about my yarn-based crafting balance.
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both?
At the moment, I’m a knitter, exclusively. I have never done any more with a crochet hook than what I need to start a pie shawl, fix a dropped stitch, or do a crochet bind off. I keep my crochet hooks in my notions bag, along with my markers, my scissors, and my measuring tape.
I guess this means I’m monogamous, but…
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?
…but I’m crochet-curious.
I learned to knit when I was 8 and have remained attracted to it ever since. I started out with the vanilla stuff (dish cloths and ribbed scarfs), but later on I developed an interest in riskier business (lace, cables, and entrelac). I even dig a few of the more adventurous pursuits (amigurumi looks interesting) and don’t mind an unconventional approach (hello, blended intarsia, where have you been all my life?).
Crochet is interesting and very attractive in its own way. Very flexible. Very dynamic. And it can bend and twist in the most sultry ways. Ways I wish my knitting could do. I’m curious about it. Really curious. I mean, crochet can do this:
Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski
#01 Afghan by Nicky Epstein from Vogue Knitting Crochet 2012.
Crochet is the one fiber art that can’t be fully duplicated by machines. It’s totally awesome.
But knitting is safe, and familiar. And it just has a way with me.
If I decided to take up with crochet, I would be starting over from square one. I don’t know if I want to go through all that.
Sometimes I fantasize about knitting a lovely cashmere sweater. And then, picking up a crochet hook and whipping out a tantalizing trim of lace at the bosom. Knitting and crochet at the same time.
Eat Your Heart Out Willoughby by Melissa Horozewski, as seen on Ravelry. Eat your heart out, indeed. (Ok, technically this whole piece was designed in crochet, but you could easily do the body in knitting instead.)
Is it warm in here?
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