Day 7 – Crafting Balance

Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

If we are talking about just knitting and crochet I am pretty well committed to knitting.  I enjoyed my crochet projects from last year and I am eager to try more in the future, but the motion of crochet isn’t quite as comfortable as knitting for me and I don’t find myself as inspired by the current selection of crochet patterns as I am by the knitting patterns.

I would like to become more talented at crochet but when times get tough I flee back to knitting, I like the rhythm of knitting, it is like coming home.

Although my neutral position on crochet may be swayed if I started to use higher quality materials in my crochet projects. Cotton/Acrylic from KnitPicks is not exactly MCN or MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk ie. Madelinetosh Pashmina).

Now, if I look beyond just crochet and knitting, I am much more of a balanced crafter.  When you balance knitting and crochet against spinning and weaving, I am still a knitter first and foremost, I’m a brand new but dedicated weaver and an intermittent spinner.  Because I can take my knitting anywhere it is my go-to activity, but spinning calms me in a way that nothing else does and weaving is still quite challenging although it has a nice balance of rhythm and interest that I think could become a popular part of my fiber repertoire.

Maybe it is because my mother always said that there is enough love in one mother for many children, I love each craft fully and differently but each with my whole heart, although as my aunt has been known to say sometimes, I love them but they make it very hard for me to like them.

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