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June 16, 2006



That swatch-y thing is just lovely. And I sure don't like a lot of crochet. (but also learned as a child and when I did an edging a few months back, BOY it came back quickly.)

Are you really not going to finish the Carnival Shawl? It's so lovely...


Sweet swatch hiding the camo.

No idea how to crochet. I can barely knit for goodness sake. But I say, hook 'em if you got 'em.


hey!...that looks real familiar;o)


That yarn is so beautiful, I'd crochet just to work with it.

Actually, I learned how to knit and crochet when I was sixteen. And I can crochet passably but I like knitting better.


I like the swatch alot!
My crochet adventures have been "creative" -- I've always found it easier to free-form a beret or whatever with crochet. Even made funky 1/12 scale dollhouse pillows that way. Knitting is far more cerebral, in my opinion. Now that I can actually knit something within a gauge, I much prefer knitting's aesthestic. Whatever you make (or show!) is pretty cool. Wendy, you raise the bar.


Hmmmm I learned to knit as a child and in the past year taught myself to crochet. I choose to knit because I like it better and I am a better knitter. It wasn't until I saw the patterns in the Rowan Classic Holiday book that I realized that there is a "new" crochet of cool fun things...thanks to you!

The swatch looks WAY cool. What about a breezy cardigan that is tied together between the "girls" - almost like a beach coverup/coat?


There's an idea, Lynae...If only I knew how to increase/decrease in crochet! I've only done squares or doily shapes in my entire crochet career!


Lovely swatch-y thing. The colors are beautiful. How is the Twisted Sisters Mirage? I've been lusting after it on-line but have never seen it/felt it/smelled it (Yes, I smell yarn...love that sheep-y goodness! I don't like some silks because of that fish-y odor, which, I was told, is due to improper processing. Who knew?)


Susan, this is cotton/rayon and it smells nice. It has a nice sheen and it isn't splitty at all. The colors aren't super-saturated, but that is a nice thing. I also have a hank of their monochromatic hand-paint version (in a poppy color) and it is fantastic.


There is a really great crochet book called something like 10,20, 30 minutes to teach yourself crochet. I had one, taught myself, then gave it to a friend. I planned on replacing it. I imagine that book showed how to increase/decrease. I, personally, have no freakin clue.


Just learned to crochet myself and am loving it -- after one week, I can crochet fabric faster than I can knit, and I've been knitting for maybe a year? But I don't like retro-look crochet, and there's an awful lot of it.


The 10,20,30 book might be "10 * 20 * 30 Minutes to Learn to Crochet" (Leisure Arts #3164), paperback 40 pages, published May 30, 2000), ISBN: 157486632X.


What a pretty colorway.

As a child, I learned to crochet first and then knit. The knitting/crochet bible for me then was Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework.


I don't agree with that--I think you can learn and excel at both if you want to badly enough. I'm not saying that maybe it's not easier if you learn at least one of them as a child, but I'm a firm believer that--within reason--if you want something badly enough and there aren't any obvious physical or mental limitations, you can do it. Why not? Heck, I've learned knitting, quilting, crocheting, and spinning all since my 20s . . . and while my Grandmother did show me how to make a granny square when I was a kid, it's still knitting I love best.


Okay, here's another case for you,
I learned to knit as a child and picked it back up in highschool. Now I own a knitting shop. I had never crocheted once in my life till about a year ago... now I teach crochet! It was more difficult to learn than knitting, but quite possible. I think the fact that I knit continental helped when learning to crochet since both hold yarn in the left hand.
I also think there are just some things that look better in crochet... or hairpin lace!


Um, maybe I missed it, but what are Spirit Fingers?


Looks like this, but you wiggle them up over your head while doing a jazzy jig:



You can definitely learn both.
My great grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 7 and I've been doing it off and on ever since (almost 23 years). I just taught myself to knit last fall (with the help of "Knitting for Dummies"). Since then, knitting has taken over as my primary fiber craft... heck, as my primary hobby. I'm still pretty basic, but hoping to make myself a sweater soon.


I can't resist a "me too" comment. I learned both in my mid-twenties, and I'm pretty good at both. They complement each other so well, it seems limiting to stick to one. As you said, there's a place for each. :)


I think crochet is definitely easier, but more knotty looking. Takes 20% more fiber because it's thicker. I learned when I was a kid by begging Ricky Ford's mother to teach me...and all she knew were granny squares, so my increasing skills are not the best in the world, but from following doily patterns and stuff, I remember it mostly as "crochet two right here in this space where one was" or "crochet an extra one right here along this edge thingie so when you turn, you'll have an extra on the next row".


I agree with you...it is possible to do both. It's hard for folks since they require such different hand motions.


I wanted to learn to knit as a child, but my mom only knew how to crochet, so I learned to crochet. She crocheted beautiful doilies and tucked them away in a drawer for safekeeping, never to be seen until years later, when she moved into assisted living. She asked me, would you like these? I didn't have the heart to tell her no, so now I own beautiful doilies tucked away in my closet. And I obviously did learn my heart's desire, knitting. I'd really like to hear more about the corkscrew injury...


This one definitely is an old handcrafter's tale. My grandmother learned to crochet in her late sixties because that was the craft I was doing at the time. She crochets well, and still picks up the hook occasionally. However, since I've learned to knit, she's gotten her needles back out, and is still learning new things. I taught her magic loop, and I think she would have a blast getting online if my grandfather would stop being a fuddy-duddy about it.


I learned how to both crochet and knit as a child. I am only a fair chrocheter and a fairly skilled knitter. Most of the crochet I use these days is as accent stuff on the knitting.

Do tell the corkscrew injury story!! These days I need a good laugh since my life seems to be falling apart. I need a good laugh and some yarn shopping therapy....

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I learned to crochet and knit as a child, but I have a theory here. Wendy, you're a continental knitter, right? Picking up crochet and doing it well might be easier for you since you are already holding the yarn in your left hand.

Even though I can do both, holding the yarn in my LH for crocheting makes my left index finger so tired! It just wants to lay down for a nap after a while.

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