Do you like to knit or do you like to crochet? Most of the people I know have a decided preference for one or the other. My paternal grandma crocheted, my maternal grandma knit, my mom knit, I crochet. I have one friend who knits, and another who crochets. Do you stick with the technique you learned first? I learned to crochet out of a book, and made tunics for my trolls; I had to be 10 or younger.
Having said that, I fell like I have been knitting a lot more than crocheting lately. I the last couple of years I have knit bowls, a hat and a tote bag, a nice scarf, and an afghan. I have crocheted small things: a couple of pot holders, a reef element (except not that beautiful), and a pink elephant, and I'm working on a chemo hat. Even so, I feel like a crocheter.
I am bringing the subject up because I am feeling conflicted. After teaching my temari class last Saturday I "rewarded" myself by stopping at a yarn store. I had purchased a copy of Interweave Crochet magazine and fell in love with two projects. The first is a ruana, and the second is a pair of mittens. I decided that the budget would not accommodate the ruana... I was upset by the price on-line, and just about fell over when I priced it in the store. But there was a sale on for the yarn I needed for the mittens. I have never made a pair of mittens, it always felt like too much work to knit a pair, and I had never seen a crocheted pair I liked. I liked this pattern so I bit the bullet, and bought the sale yarn (they will not look anything like the picture!). I brought it home and started to show it to C last night. Her comment was "I really need mittens, because gloves are too hard to put on."
Well, I happen to have a kit for knit buggy mittens (this pattern, different decorations) put away in my sewing room. I had planned on making them for P, but when I got the kit it felt like too much work. However, C liked the pattern, and asked when they would be done(!). What's a grandma to do? I guessed I could finish them in a couple of weeks. They are scrappy, and I have about 6 different colors to work with. I let her pick the colors, and started.
I must admit I'm a little shocked. I didn't have to look up any of the instructions in my "Knitting for Dummies" book. I started with the 3 double-pointed needles, and finished the body of one of the mittens! All that is left is the thumb.
Mittens aren't too hard.
Am I a knitter or a crocheter?
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