Some people are knitters, some people are quilters. Some people are painters, others are foodies. Some foodies who knit also sew. Some people who knit also crochet and if you ask them, most will admit they like food, too. But the knitter's, even though they may be crocheting a little something, most will still say that they're "knitters."
I have a friend who knits, but if you ask her what she considers herself to be, she'll say she's a quilter. Everytime I see her, she's knitting, but she sure does hang out at the local quilt shop a lot.
Problem with me is, instead of dabbling here and there, I add on a new craft, full-force, like Temari. And next thing I know, not only do I have the dreaded carpal tunnel and some weird neck thing from the knitting action, now I'm suffering here and there from multiple stab wounds from sharp, sharp darners.
But there is an upside to Temari: I can't imagine that someone would ever suffer any kind of repetitive motion injury from making too many Temari balls. The downside is, one might get sick of being accused of having too many balls around the house, handling too many, or being too interested in balls, which in of itself isn't such a big deal. But if you're a sensitive person, take note.
As evidence there's still knitting happening, up top is a progress shot of my latest project. It's a cardigan I'm knitting from a pattern that will go in the you-know. I figure I can show you some progress shots without going bonkers and show you absolutely everything, which I so want to do! Anyway, this one's knit out of some sale-bin yarn by Louisa Harding. It's sort of splitty, but I can hang. This garment's knit from the shoulders down the back to the underarm, and then the fronts are worked from the shoulder down and then it's worked completely seamlessly, down to the hem. I can't wait till it's done and I can wear it. Because really now, I wear EVERYTHING I knit. heh heh.
Oh, and guess what came in the mail yesterday from Kpixie? Look! Pre-wrapped Temari balls, a gorgeous selection of perle cotton and TWO of the cutest Temari ball kits. I can barely stand it. I mean, I nearly fell over when I opened the box, what with the excitement of it all. Kpixie will be carrying these supplies in the future. All the instructions in the kits are like those cool Japanese craft books, excellent graphics and lots of stuff to look at and figure out. The completed balls here are ones I made from books and such. Temari isn't difficult, either, after you figure out the first few steps. I would say it's even more relaxing than knitting.
It could be I feel Temari is more relaxing than knitting because there is never any inherent pressure of eventually wearing the balls, or whether or not they'll stretch across the chest, or if they'll hang right.
BTW: Guess who became a U.S. Citizen today?