Okay, so introductions are in order.

I’ve been watching other crafter’s blogs and itching to talk about my own projects. But the comments sections seem like the wrong place. And a newsgroup also feels wrong, much less continuity. So now there’s this place.

I do a number of crafts.

I started with counted cross-stitch when I was 13 when I learned it in an after-school program. I’ve created more projects than I can count. Maybe I’ll review them someday. I prefer charts to kits because I don’t waste any materials, and I particulary get annoyed by kits that don’t use standard floss colors — how I can decide to do the chart again if I don’t know what colors to use?!

In 1996 I started beading when my best friend from high school made some earrings from Bead & Button for her bridesmaids. I got that issue and subscribed for several years. But it started getting tedious and I don’t do it so much anymore. But I always finger the new issues at Borders.

Then I taught myself crochet because I wanted to make things with yarn, but I remembered knitting to be impossible when I’d taken a stab at it when I was a kid. Crochet was so appealing because there was only one hook and if you put it down or missed a stitch, it was easy to rip out and recover. So I picked up a small book and taught myself (I love this little booklet too, so I’ll post the title someday). I made oodles of baby blankets and even a Vanna White afghan which is my cat’s favorite resting place on the back of my couch. I also made some wonderful stuffed animals and some baby clothes. But then I yearned for the wealth of neat patterns and flexibility of fabric of knitting….

When I was little (pre-teen?), my grandmother tried to teach me how to knit. I found knitting to be painful — too easy to lose stitches, tension all over the place. And it took so long. I could never remember how to cast off. I have vague memories of a bright orange mesh top made with worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles. Don’t know what happened to that.

But last year I wanted to try knitting again, so I wandered around Michael’s and browsed through the “learn to knit” books and realized that there are two ways to hold yarn — right hand (like grandma taught me) or left hand (like I crochet!). So I bought the book that taught the left hand method and it was an epiphany. I had lots of scrap yarn from crochet that I usually use to make Warm Up America squares and so I practiced knitting them. And it was easy.

Now I have a number of projects underway. I guess I’ll talk about them later.