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11/17/2004

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julia fc

you ask, why didn't you continue crocheting?
What a can of worms.
But for me, knowing as I do HOW to hook but having no inclination to actually DO any of it but for edges and the odd embellishment, I would proffer that perhaps it's because crochet has an inescapable air of frump about it, and the designs just haven't kept up with fashion like knitting has (until, perhaps one might argue, recently. . .)
Besides, did you see what a joke David Letterman made out of Lily Chin being the world's fastest crocheter?
Would you really want to introduce yourself as a "Master Crocheter"?
It just doesn't have the same, uh, oomph to it.
p.s. I want a fuzzy hallowig.

Vera

While everyone has their preference for knitting and crocheting. I love both for different reasons.

When I was a teenager and only crocheted, I only took on one project at a time--mostly afghans and hats. Now, over 20 years later, I've lost control and I've many projects on my hooks and needles.

Funny thing is that even though I'm starting more, I am finishing more too. Of course I have more UFOs as well.

I have no idea what to make to presents. My sisters want hats to match the scarves I made last year. I could just give them stuff I've already made, but I'm feeling selfish. I don't want the stress of having to make something.

BTW, I still check out your guild site to steal ideas.

Larry

Take back your time! You're so right! I'm only doing things that I want to do when I want to do them. All my close friends are knitters so they won't even expect anything for Christmas. Last year it was February for some of them. But if I don't finish something soon I'm going to have to buy more needles. Maybe I'll get some for Christmas.

ann

Sharon, I have been feeling the same way for a long time. It's not that I mind knitting for other people, but I like to do it when the 'spirit' moves me. And I get especially peeved when people ask me to knit for them - I have started offering knitting lessons instead! Are there any other hobbies that devote so much time and energy to making things for other people? Would you just blithely ask a woodworker to whip you up a bookcase? or a garden hobbyist to come over and plant a bed for you? Are knitters the welcome mat of the universe??!! ergh.... now you've got me started .... I'll just go back to my own blog (at the top of Grinch Mountain) and rant there for awhile ....

Allison

Great post! I know you have been in my head. Or maybe I have been in yours. Regardless, I think we all have to take back our time. Thanks for helping me realize that has been one of the things niggling at the back of my brain lately!

jenifleur

I've been kind of doing a similar thing in my head lately. I've been so snowed under by things I had to knit-all self-imposed, of course, that I lost the desire to do any of it. You know it's one of the few bad things about the blogs. We see how much others get done and compare our speed, abilities and ambitions to them. We put things up that we will be doing and once it's public, it feels like cheating to change our minds.

I've had the Master Knitter's Level I since spring and can't get motivated to do it. The more I read on the yahoo group, particularly from reviewers, the less I feel inclined to participate. Seems like it's a little subjective. One reviewer prefers a type of weaving technique and returns the swatch. Another rejects someone's interpretation of a decrease. The more I learn, the more I subscribe to "no hard and fast knitting rules". I have tremendous guilt about spending the money to get the packet, having had the dang thing up there on my blog for months and now saying "well, I'm gonna flake on it." But that's ridiculous. Knitting is a hobby, a passion. We've all got plenty of other ways to book a guilt trip, so I say take back your time. All anyone wants for Christmas is gift cards, anyway!

Karen

I feel so bad that I'm neglecting that poor fluted banister sock. I've only gotten to the gusset decreases on the first sock, so you're doing better than me. I want to take back my time as well and just focus on knitting for me. Therefore, I started a project for me, because I won't take it off the needles and it will get done. It sits there taunting me, but I know that there is a project for me among all the projects NOT for me, and that makes me feel a bit better.

Lisa

Barbara Jean Sonntag - World Fastest Crocheter!Everybody calls Lily Chin official the World Fastest Crocheter, but she never made it to the Guinness Book. What is about Barbara Jean Sonntag? You don't know her? She is the real Guinness Book World Fastest Crocheter since 1981 and she is still alive. I just don't understand why nobody talks about Barbara Jean.

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