Friday, January 16
it is true. I cheated on my crochet habit with knitting. I still can't believe I did it. Just the other day I was going on on about how much I like crocheting and I really wanted to focus on improving and learning new skills with it. Then my friend Nicole goes and shows me one of her favorite blogs, Philigry. I spent at least 30 minutes looking at all her knitting projects and looking up the patterns. I was becoming obsessed with the idea of knitting a sweater. Slow down Jenni I thought to myself, you can make an equally fun sweater with crochet. So then I spent a good amount of time looking up sweater crochet patterns. Ummmm....not so much. I didn't really find much that were as trendy as the knitted sweaters. But did find some nice lighter sweaters to try (Crochet Crop Cardigan or Chevron Lace Cardigan), most crochet sweaters are crazy bulky with an early 90's vibe. I didn't look into patterns that cost money so maybe there are some out there. Do you know of any? There are some cute ones for kids, not sure I like the bulkiness to the arms on this one (short and sweet sweater) but still it is cute. So after several minutes of debating between crocheting or knitting a sweater, I just gave in and started knitting this pattern for my girl. I will keep you posted on my progress, it seems like it is taking forever to get anywhere though, maybe crochet is faster?
So this affair brings up a lot of internal debating. I have slowly been working my crochet hook and yarn stash up since last May. I have learned stitches and feel comfortable with trying new patterns and adding designs to existing patterns. Plus, the more practice I get with crochet the better my projects will turn out. Thus inching my way to my goal of making handmade items that don't look homemade. So if I start off shooting to other crafts like knitting then this will take time away from practicing crafts like crochet (or embroidery or sewing or photography). And I will be forever stuck making homemade items, none of which are handmade. Second, I have two sets of knitting needles. Two. I would now have to invest in more needles, long ones, small ones, big fat ones, circular ones.....). On the other hand what is the big deal with having a few different crafts that I can pick up and make. I see a lot of things I can make with crochet and knitting, what can be bad about that? Any crafting is a good time right? but back to that whole handmade vs homemade problem...and this is what I do to myself. does this make any sense at all?
PS. I just went on and on and on and really you should go to the NieNie dialouges because NieNie is BACK today! (if you haven't already done that of course.)