7
October
2003

Hello!

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.