This is my first blog, though I’ve made a few aborted attempts at personal web pages, but never seem to keep them up. Oh, well . …
As many folks here know, I started knitting 4-5 months back last spring. I’ve knitted many dishcloths, a few hats, and a couple of scarves. I feel like I’ve gotten better, especially a couple of months back when I did the hats with circular needles and even used DPNs after decreasing to the point where the circs were too big.
I also crochet and therefore have to divide my time for activities. But I’m getting a jump on Christmas presents. The state dishcloths (link on the pattern part of this site) are wonderful, and I’ve made one Mississippi and two Alabamas for gifts. My mother has commissioned me to knit or crochet a purple hat and scarf for her SIL, so I have to decide how I’m going to make those.
I really want to knit wearables, but have no sewing experience, and so fear that I won’t be able to make backs even with fronts, sew the pieces together, etc. without the thing getting distorted and being unwearable. Also, many patterns I find for wearables call for expensive yarn that would cost me over $100 to make a sweater. Not gonna drop $100 at this point in my knitting life because I’m not that good. Fortunately I found a cute tank top pattern that uses Bernat Softee Chunky. Maybe when I get more experience, but not until then.
I’m not naturally gifted at knitting or other crafts, and every piece of progress for me is hard-won, generally coming after many mistakes, much cursing, and some frogging. I missed the crafting gene, if such a thing exists–unlike my mother who sews, quilts, and does woodwork, and my aunt who can paint, garden, draw, crochet, candle-wick, make cute crafted rabbits of all kinds, etc. (she’s like Martha Stewart except she’s on a budget, is a nice person, and has never been in prison).
So why did I pick knit and crochet? I guess I figure I can learn enough to make some cool stuff, and I enjoy the relaxation/zen factor. It’s safe, legal, and not fattening, plus I can find existing patterns (since I’m not that creative), or one day design my own if the juices start flowing. Also, I feel as if I’m doing something productive while I sit on my behind and watch TV :teehee:
I like most of the stuff I’ve already made, especially the dishcloths, which many people on my Christmas list will get this year. I’ll probably do a little cross-stitch for presents too as I found some pretty pillowcase CS kits. So, as usual, I’ll be a jack-of-all-trades (or crafts), master of none. I want to do everything so as a result will probably not become an expert at any one of them! I’ve been called a dabbler. But hey, I have fun and have even gotten some compliments on a few things I’ve made! That’s what it’s all about, right?
I guess that’s enough for a start.