Finishing Up

It’s Day 7 of the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! We made it!!

The final topic this year concerns balancing the crafts of knitting and crochet.

Well, I can’t say that I am all that balanced when it comes to the two crafts.  I can do some crochet.  But I’m definitely not as comfortable with that as knitting.  I don’t think that I couldn’t conquer that if I wanted to.  I’m just not in love with crochet.  I know…Stinky Lady.  I have seen a ton of crocheted projects where I’ve thought, “That’s amazing!”  But if the last project I crocheted was in 2010, I think it’s safe to say it’s not really a pursuit.  I use my hook mainly for picking up dropped stitches.  What can I say?  I like what I like. And knowing yourself is just part of life.

On the other hand, I love knitting patterns!  But the best thing about them is, I don’t feel I have to follow one to make something I want.  I can enjoy the freedom of making up something as I go with the seemingly endless combinations of just two simple stitches. Now, when I do that, sometimes it works out right off.  Sometimes there’s some trial and error.  Still, I suppose I loved knitting enough to get to that point.  That says a lot.

If there was ever any craft that threatened my knitting time, I think you might know it by now.  Yup.  It would have to be handspinning.  I adore it. I believe it has a lot of the qualitites of knitting in that it relaxes me and allows me time to mull over and contemplate things.  But it does seem to have a life of its own.  After all, it takes me a few days (sometimes more) to spin a project.  Life gets in the way and before you know it, you’ve spent a week or even months spinning on the same project! Truth be told, the same happens with knitting.  But, I like spinning so much, I know by now, it’s an activity that’s around for the long haul.  So, I tend to try to balance the time out for both activities by knitting with my spinning projects.  Now, I don’t feel that’s necessary to feel fulfilled with spinning.  I’ll never look at an unused handspun skein and say, “Well, that was a colossal waste of time!”  The act itself is really enough.  But to feed my inner knitter, it just makes sense to knit up what I spin.  So, they kind of feed into each other and I like it that way.

In fact, if you’ve followed along, these pics are the finished photos of the mittens and hat for the Girl Child made with mostly my own handspun (well almost finished-they’re still unblocked).  The yarn for the accent color is by Brown Sheep. She really didn’t like posing for those photos earlier on while it was still a WIP. But, when I finished one and put it on her hand, I could tell she thought it was pretty cool. 😉

In short, I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting a kick out of knitting with my own yarn.

I mean, how cool is that?!!!


  1. Hey that crocheted hat was a cool project! A fantastic summer hat. But I will let you know that my feelings aren’t hurt if you’re not in love with crochet. Which did you learn first – to knit or crochet? I’m always curious if people love the craft they started learning first. There should be some kind of study on that. Hummm….

    Well, I do love that you are knitting with your own yarn. I think there is probably some kind of deeper satisfaction with doing so. Maybe one day I’ll try it, but for now I’m content to knit what others have labored over. 🙂

    • Hey Lib…I think I actually learned crochet first because I could make blankets quickly. I just couldn’t follow the patterns as well. I always wondered if I was crocheting into the right spot, lol!
      But, I think another commenter put it best. To each his own, you know? We gravitate to what we gravitate to. No shame in that and definitely no pressure.

  2. They are so beautiful … 😀 Love them. The colours are a dream, and they look so well together! It’s almost a shame that your daughter won’t be able to wear them until next fall …

    About crocheting: I can crochet, and I do a bit of both – however, at the moment knitting just suits me better than crocheting – probably because I am so in love with socks right know, and although there ARE patterns for crocheting socks … Naaa. 😉 Socks have to be knit. But I do enjoy to crochet dishcloths! They are a lot of fun – and you can do really nice scarfs and shawls, too.

    BUT: To each his/her own … And spinning and knitting are time-consuming already. 😉

  3. Love those colours too!! And I can’t even contemplate what it must feel like if you’ve spun the yarn yourself as well. I don’t think I’d ever attempt it though – I never have enough hours for all the knitting I want to do – it would be far worse if I developed a spinning addiction too!! And I am totally with you on the knitting vs crochet debate – I just feel so much more comfortable with needles over hooks.

    • Thank you! I know what you mean. I am so obsessed now! I never thought that would happen. But I know I take so long to finish a knitting project, adding a few more days for spinning really doesn’t make much difference, lol!

  4. Pat yourself on the back! Awesome job. Girl Child will love wearing these!

    • Yeah, she likes them! I’m so glad about that! It was so funny when she put them on. Her face said, “Wow.” Lol. She has always had knit hats from me, but usually got store bought mittens. And they always seemed to run too big for her hands…

  5. Beautiful hat & mits – I would like them for myself 😉 Good job!

  6. LOVELOVELOVELOVE love them!!! They’re the most darling mittens and hat ever!

  7. That is such a beautiful set. The last hat that I tried to knit took a very very long time. It was only knit and purl so I have no idea how you guys who do such beautiuf work, work so fast!

    • Oh believe me, these were super duper easy. I should’ve been finished before I started, lol! But, I’m a slow poke, I am usually always on the move (not by choice) and I can get distracted more easily than I care to admit…

  8. flowerpotdesigns says:

    way to go!
    i love that baby set! the colours are super!

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