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Oh, wow. October 28, 2010

Posted by Fiona in Craftiness, Crochet, Knitting.

So his nibs came up to visit, and then I got the flu, and then my dissertation imploded and had to be basically restarted from scratch and then I agreed to light op a play and SUDDENLY IT’S TWO WEEKS LATER. Where has it all gone? I really meant to post earlier than this, I honestly did. I’ve finished two non-matching socks, a Man-Hat, the world’s fastest Noro scarf (which I adore) and something of which I actually have pictures.

Which is this.

(ably modelled by Roomie – to whom goes much thanks for her patience!)

A pair of fingerless mitts for NaNoWriMo that I am dubbing ‘Christopher’s mitts’ for my main character, who’d definitely own a pair. Short mitts make me happy – they don’t restrict hand movement and they’re really lovely and warm. Also, they’re as close to instant gratification as you can get with knitting – I think the pair took me three hours per mitt to actually knit. I’ve had Freshers’ flu like nobody’s business recently, twice, so these were knitted over a weekend watching series catch-up of New Tricks. The pattern, in four sizes, is currently being tested over at Free Pattern Testers (Ravelry link) so hop on over if you’re interested.

It’s been a quiet few weeks, all things considered. A lot of work. A fair bit of knitting – although not as much as I’d have liked.

Oh! and I’ve learned to crochet. The ever-wonderful and so patient Fefe sat me down over a cup of tea and showed me how to do it properly. Reflections on crochet, coming from a knitter:

  1. It’s really no harder to manipulate one hook than two needles. You just have to hold it right – which was where I was going wrong before. Having someone to show you is absolutely fantastic.
  2. It goes so fast. Even though I’m only a beginner. Like, really fast! And there’s a certain grace about manipulating the hook which I adore. I definitely want to do some more of this.
  3. Also, when you’re not working on it, you can take the hook out, and leave it out, and it won’t drop anything. This blows my mind.
  4. This whole business about the terms being different in America is unbelievably confusing. For example, in the UK, you call it a double crochet, in America it’s a single crochet. An American double crochet is a British treble crochet. And then there’s half-doubles, half-trebles and innumerable others, and compared to my usual knit-purl-yarnover-okay-go it’s not only confusing, but it appears to lack logic. And that’s a bit of a block for me.
  5. Having said which, I think when you actually start crocheting, it’s as least as logical as knitting. Even if the charts are terrifying. And so is the notation.
  6. I am a dab hand at granny squares now.

The first thing I thought when I learned properly was, “Great!  Now I can crochet lace!”  This is a really exciting prospect – there’s so much crocheted lace I admire, but I’m also looking forward to having a go at pullovers, and cardigans, and the dreaded crochet socks. I have been indoctrinated by certain Ravelry fora that crochet is good for afghans and lace, and that’s it, and crocheted socks are horrible and bumpy and ugly and nice yarn is too good for them. I’ve found no evidence that this is true, and now I really want to try them! I’d also like to have a go at designing in crochet, because there’s so much potential there – it’s no coincidence that you find so much more freeform in crochet than in knitting. So exciting! More on this almost certainly to follow.

You’ll almost certainly hear from me in the next few days. Things are Afoot. Expect pretty stuff.