3KCBWDAY7. Jack of all trades, Master of none?

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)?

I would call myself a Spinner who Knits. Although I learned to knit a few years before I learned to spin, I have done far more spinning in the last 35 years than I have knitted. I have knitted up my handspun, mostly into socks and a couple of jumpers. I have also in progress (for the last 20 years or so!) a hooked rug using my hand spun.

My major foray into crocheting occurred after my mother-in-law gave me a book that she had bought some years earlier, which had both how to knit and how to crochet in it. Now, although I am left-handed, I knit right-handed. This is because my Mum taught me to knit and she’s right-handed. But I needed really to learn how to crochet left-handed, as holding a crochet hook is much nearer to holding a pen than holding knitting needles is. This book explained it very well, and off I went knitting crocheting granny squares with my hand-spun. Over the years I crocheted more and more, gradually filling a large shoe box – all sorts of different colours spun from tops and natural-coloured fleeces and gradually added them to a growing blanket. After we moved up here, although I had been using the incomplete blanket with various squares hanging off on the bed for years, I thought that it would be fun to finish it and enter it in our local Show in the “Any Article Wool Crochet” class. To my amazement it came second!

I’ve not really done any crochet since though – and so far I’ve managed for the most part to avoid shawl and doily patterns that have a crocheted edge!

Craft-day-2005The photo shows a hotch-potch of my fibre crafting. The hooked rug is on the front of the table together with a woven cloth, the basket contains the natural dyeing mentioned earlier this week with the blue hat above it – and the crocheted blanket is at the back.



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